Amelia Pereyra’s Café de la Leche was a welcome gathering after last week’s storm. With worries aside, the event took place on Saturday, September 9th at her Casa de Campo golf villa and had the attendance of many ladies and gentlemen there to celebrate the Café de la Leche’s 16th birthday. Not many years after the Adopt a Crib program was formed, a group of ladies from the Patronato Benéfico Oriental (PBO) came together to start hosting monthly events to raise milk and formula for the Hogar del Niño’s Crib Room and their over 200 babies. Now sixteen years later, the events continue to go strong with supporters, themed celebrations, and love for the children.
A backyard lawn party with music by Tonka and catering by Amelia herself was just the thing community members needed to relax. Cilantro dip, chicken and date dip, hummus, tamalitos (corn cakes with pico de gallo) and sweet plantain balls filled with cheese was snack-heaven; plus, mini cupcakes by Crema sealed the evening in an oh-so-sweet style. Encouraged to wear pink, guests echoed Molly Ringwald’s character in the 1980’s classic Sixteen Candles donning pretty pink blouses and some playful prom dresses— props to Xiomarita Menéndez and Phyllis Berney for going all out!!
Since this was a birthday party and the prom, children and gentlemen came along! We were very happy to mix up the routine and see families enjoying the Café de la Leche tradition. Streaming lights enveloped guests in a charming setting where it was clear everyone had a fabulous time. Café de la Leche hostesses have worked hard every month for the past sixteen years to deliver entertaining festivities that ensure the community’s continued participation and support. We applaud the contributions BY ALL for managing to supply the Hogar del Niño with milk and formula for over 800 bottles per day! THANK YOU for making the Crib Room a success and supporting La Romana’s growing youth. Congratulations on 16 years, Café de la Leche— it’s certainly a milestone worth celebrating! Happy Sweet Sixteen!!
If you missed it, see more photos in the gallery below, taken by Mariana Heredia, and stay tuned for the announcement of the next event for the Hogar del Niño!
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1500 children, located in La Romana town, just outside of Casa de Campo. Children from as young as just a few weeks old up to 18 years old are cared for and educated daily, from as early as 5:30am and staying as late as 7pm.
The organization also provides special schooling to over 75 hearing impaired and blind children, as well as a vocational school where over 235 students receive classes in different areas like: sewing; industrial preparation, installation and electrical maintenance; plumbing and management of computer office programs.