Dinner Dance 2008
APODCAA’s OCTOBER FEST DINNER DANCE
A Call for Service, Responsibility and Friendship by Sis Milvie Murray
“Serving the community, sharing responsibility, and building bridges of friendship” was the echoing theme of the annual October Fest Dinner Dance at Ft. Myer, Virginia on October ll. Now on its third consecutive year, the Alpha Phi Omega (Philippines) District of Columbia Alumni Association, more commonly known as APODCAA headed by President Ding Gomez, held an exciting and memorable fund raising night attended by about 300 guests, some of them came all the way from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Idaho. This year’s fund raising event includes the following project beneficiaries: Adopt a School (a barrio-level project in the Philippines), Thanksgiving for the Homeless, and Hands on DC among others.
The first dinner dance in 2006 benefited the Salvacion Elementary School in Bicol, the following year, proceeds were used to finance the construction of two houses for the Gawad Kalinga in Leyte.
A video presentation highlighting the various services that APODCAA had undertaken in the past years was shown at the beginning of the program.
Cultural Attache Rico Fos, representing Ambassador Willie Gaa praised APODCAA for its humanitarian services rendered to our “kababayans” in the U.S. and in the Philippines. He also mentioned specifically the Philippine Embassy’s Costume Gallery which was built by members of APODCAA, the annual Paskong Pinoy of the Philippine Embassy which entailed assistance from APODCAA members in setting-up the venue, and the regular support and participation by APODCAA in the annual celebration of the Philippine Independence Day in Washington DC.
Mayor Jejomar “Jojo” Binay of Makati, an APO member and alumnus of UP Diliman, also spoke during the event about his APO days in college. APODCAA presented an award to the Holy Cross Hospital as a token of appreciation for donating 24 Dialysis Machines to the Philippines through APODCAA. APODCAA crated and shipped the Dialysis Machines to Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospitals.
The Migrant Heritage Commission through one of its Executive Directors, Arnedo S. Valera, Esquire also presented an award to APODCAA in recognition of its outstanding service projects to the communities in Washington DC and in the Philippines.
The evening was made more exciting when it featured Tango performances and door raffle prizes which was followed by an uninterrupted dancing by the guests.
The event was a tremendous success and it was another night of rewarding service opportunity for the APODCAA members. Indeed it was an affair to remember.
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