BY CANDACE RIVERA
Home Aides of Rockland held their annual Bal Masque over the weekend. Last Saturday’s fundraiser helped raise donations in support of the non-profit’s at-home care for older adults in Rockland County.
“A Bal Masque is a fitting theme for a fundraiser for our agency. Home care remains “masked” or hidden in our community, as do the recipients of care,” said Cecilia Halverson, executive director of Home Aides of Rockland. “Home care should be seen in a positive light, because its goal is to help recipients maintain a higher quality of life in their own homes, safely.”
Guests were entertained during cocktail hour with a magician, a contortionist, card readers and a juggler. The dinner portion included a fully choreographed fairytale dance performance. The event also included a silent auction, and a key for sale which opened a mystery prize box. All funds went to the Reduced Rate Home Care Program of Home Aides of Rockland.
The non-profit was established in 1969 providing vital home care services for Rockland County. Thanks to the community’s generosity they are able to offer their services to those regardless of a patient’s limited financial resources or inability to qualify for government programs such as Medicaid.
The Bal Masque was held at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern, NY. Guests were festively dressed wearing masks that were elegantly decorated with beading, feathers, and ornate designs. Notable guests included Assembly members Ellen Jaffee, Ken Zebrowski, and Clarkstown Town Councilman George Hoehmann.
Home Aides of Rockland’s next fundraiser is a Goods and Services Auction being held on November 17, donations can be made online at www.homeaides.org, or by sending a check to Home Aides of Rockland at 151 South Main Street, New City, NY 10956.