100 guests wearing a variety of festive attire and masks attended the Bal Masque on Saturday, October 6th at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern, NY.
During the cocktail hour the entertainment, organized by Lee Vogelstein of Danceworks included a magician, contortionist, card readers and juggler and culminated during the dinner portion of the event in a beautifully choreographed fairy tale dance performance.
The event, which included a silent auction, and the sale of keys to open a “mystery prize box” was held to raise funds for the Reduced Rate Home Care Program of Home Aides of Rockland. Since its inception in 1969, this not for profit home care agency has sought to provide vital home care services for the entire community, including those who have limited financial resources but do not qualify for government supported programs such as Medicaid.
Board President Mitch Gusler of Rifkin and Co. welcomed the guests, thanking them for their generosity in supporting the Home Aides mission through participation in the Bal Masque. Cecilia Halverson, Executive Director of Home Aides of Rockland commented that "A Bal Masque is a fitting theme for a fundraiser for our agency. Home care remains "masked" or hidden in our community, as do the recipients of care. No one wants to think about advanced old age and the potential loss of independence. Home care should be seen in a positive light, because its goal is to help recipients maintain a higher quality of life in their own homes, safely."
Notable guests included: Assembly members Ken Zebrowski and Ellen Jaffee, and Clarkstown Town Councilman George Hoehmann.
Home Aides of Rockland holds a variety of fundraisers each year and relies on the generosity of local donors to support its work caring for older adults in the Rockland County community. A Goods and Services Auction will be held on November 17th. Donations may be made on-line through the agency website at www.homeaides.org, or by sending a check to Home Aides of Rockland at 151 South Main Street, New City, NY 10956.