Photo credit: Mayline Yu Photography
We headed to the Valentine’s Masquerade party with the young professionals’ group of the Easter Seals last week. We attended their sunset cruise benefit last year, and having been to both of their winter fundraisers, this event was just as fun, and much, much warmer.
Held at the Pepco-Edison Gallery, the masquerade was a twentysomething’s dream: open bar, ample but light hors d’oeuvres, and affordable raffle prizes items. The uplifting stories of Easter Seals beneficiaries were highlighted by Juliette, a member of Easter Seals Serving the DC | MD | VA Board of Directors, who was proud to introduce her date as she talked about the difficulty of dating for those with special needs! She encouraged those with disabilities to do their best to live a “normal” life, and was living proof that those who think beyond their disabilities are capable of whatever they dream.
Guests were treated to both a masquerade makeup station and caricatures as entertainment, with a DJ spinning to keep the energy high. The event raised close to $10,000, with all proceeds benefiting the Easter Seals Annual Fund. The Easter Seals Annual Fund enables children and adults with disabilities and special needs to live, work and play in their communities.
The mission of the YPC is to help support the services of Easter Seals Serving DC|MD|VA and raise awareness of Easter Seals to a younger audience. By assisting the Board of Directors, volunteering time, offering support to the organization and to individuals with disabilities and special needs through Easter Seals programs and fundraising events, this group is ultimately creating the next generation of non-profit leaders. By its very nature, YPC members are young/young-at-heart professionals in their 20s-40s.