Every year the Hogar del Niño dinner-dance party hosted as the finale of their fundraising weekend has a different theme (“Carnaval” in 2010, nature in 2011) and this year after keeping the theme a very well kept secret, Casa de Campo villa owners and residents were surprised to be welcomed to an entirely recycled event! Of course the actual event itself wasn’t recycled….but just about everything else was!
The theme for the celebration held on Saturday evening Friday the 18th of February was officially “conservation”, with the evening dedicated to the Hogar del Niño’s “Zona Verde,” a new facility at the center, where the children enjoy a range of extracurricular activities, such as art, music, theater and crafts. [We will be publishing more about the "Zone Verde" soon!]
And so upon arrival to the event, guests were welcomed to the “Zona Verde”, entering along a walkway illuminated with candle lamps created from old tin cans, as well as plastic and glass bottles and into the main area, which has been decorated with a marvel of recycled objects – all created by the children of the Hogar del Niño and a team of passionate Casa de Campo volunteers. In fact, the decorations and theming of this event was so impressive that we will be publishing a further article purely dedicated to it – watch out for that soon! For now we’d just like to say congratulations to the entire team and especially “Eventos 3″, party planning company who came up with this fantastic party theme idea!
“Conservation” theme dinner in Casa de Campo
In between admiring the table decorations, recycled centerpiece sculptures and reading the magazine tablecloths, guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing – and even a show by David Almengod who, very in-keeping with the theme creates music from old tin drums!
Later into the evening, an auction took place featuring 2 majestic lamps, created from wood and glass bottles, which went for upwards of USD$800, flags signed by famous “Salon de la Fama” baseball legends, as well as a dress designed by Jenny Polanco created from old plastic bags – bought by Ivonna Sosa for USD$1,000!
A fantastic evening!
The following photos were taken during the Hogar del Niño dinner-dance party at the La Romana Country Club in Casa de Campo:
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.