Submitted by Alex Cudzewicz
The prom fundraiser hosted by The Welcome to America Project will be April 21, 2012 at St. Patrick Catholic Community Center. Save the date for another magical evening, with all proceeds benefitting local refugees.
This annual charity event is a cause for great celebration. For those of you who didn’t attend last year’s prom, here is a brief recap: the theme for last year’s event was Some Enchanted Evening, and it focused on the sights and sounds of Broadway musicals. The walls at the Fenlon Hospitality Center were decorated with colorful posters from West Side Story, Cats, Les Miserables, and Jersey Boys; and many attendees got into the spirit of the evening by wearing festive and flashy costumes.
The sounds of Broadway entertained guests as they eagerly bid on 60+ items featured in the Silent Auction. When not engaged in active bidding on Southwest Airlines tickets and signed sports memorabilia, guests made funny faces in an old-fashioned Photo Booth and listened to the baritone voice of Paul Hillebrand and the angelic soprano of Michelle McLaughlin. Authentic Italian fare was served by Pasta Brioni and sweet treats were dished up by St. Patrick’s Blessed Bakers.
The entertainment of the evening was also thanks in part to the presentations from U.S. Representative, David Schweikert and Farman Mohammed, an Iraqi refugee who recounted his journey to America. Schweikert then presented the first annual Helping Hands Award to Phil and Carolyn Manning to honor WTAP’s 10th year of serving refugees in the Valley.
Don’t miss out on this year’s grand event, save the date for April 21, 2012 or purchase tickets now!