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Congratulations to Yrene Caslini for hosting yet another wonderful Café de la Leche celebration in her beautiful Casa de Campo villa this past Friday the 9th of August.
A typical day in August, it was hot and humid and even rained on and off – and despite that Yrene’s Café de la Leche proved to be the perfect end to the week. By offering her guests a delicious iced tea, chilled white wine and prosecco, accompanied by small bites – mini quiches and fruit skewers – Yrene hosted a wonderfully refreshing occasion! Quiet an achievement in the height of the Dominican summertime!
In addition to giving to a lovely cause, perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the Café de la Leche monthly gathering – is observing who is there. The occasion is always frequented by a core group of ladies, Erika Villain, Thelma Santoni and Phyllis Berney amongst many others, while depending on the season we are treated to the company of a different group of friends. For this August edition of the Café de la Leche, we enjoyed an increased number of supporters of the Italian community, giving me the perfect opportunity to practice my rather limited Italian with phrases such as “ciao!” (hello) and “come stai?” (how are you), as well as the reply “bene grazie”… following which I got completely lost and had to revert to speaking Spanish or English. By next year perhaps I will have added a few more phrases to my repertoire!
With more than 50 ladies of the Casa de Campo community in attendance, this edition of the Café de la Leche once again gathered plenty of milk for the Hogar del Niño’s “crib room” or “sala de cuña” where more than 200 babies are cared for every single day!
Following the Café de la Leche, many in attendance (again especially our Italian friends) popped up later at the Casa de Campo Yacht Club for the member’s dinner – photos and more about that soon!
Congratulations Yrene! What a wonderful afternoon!
The following collection of photos were taken at the Café de la Leche hosted by Yrene Caslini on Friday the 9th of August, 2013:
The Cafe de la Leche is a monthly charitable event, a little like a coffee or a tea party held for the ladies of Casa de Campo (although men are occasionally invited) and usually takes place on the first Friday of the month, hosted by a member of the Casa de Campo villa at her Casa de Campo villa or occasionally restaurant/business.
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.