An Annual Holiday Party to Remember
The Long Island TRIO Annual Holiday Party came off just splendidly.
With over 130 people in attendance, the party was fun-filled (and tasty) for all.
The raffle drawings and prizes were a real treat, with all of us carefully scanning our stubs hoping to be a lucky individual (authors note: I won nothing, but as they say ‘It’s the thrill of the hunt’ that had us all laughing or groaning when a number was called.)
The dance floor was filled with aspiring Fred Astaires & Ginger Rodgers, but based on what I saw, both of their reputations remain unthreatened. However, since neither of them ever had a transplant, everyone at our party had something extra special to celebrate and dance about.
At each table, we introduced ourselves and we each gave not only our name, but also our relationship to Transplantation and if we were a recipient, our transplant. Just for the record, my table had three livers and a heart. Great for all of us, and thanks to our donors!
The setting for the party was the recently renovated Leonard’s of Great Neck, and it was a splendored choice. The entire Sosna clan (Florence, Jerry and Mike) did a wonderful job of selecting the venue, and spent many hours calling & visiting various vendors and suppliers for baskets, flower centerpieces and other craft items. They made some tasty selections for the menu and contracted with an excellent DJ.
From the tasteful invitations that received such a great response to the table adornments, decorations and chair covers, you could tell that this event was well thought out and executed.
To have an event as successful as this one was, a lot of planning and behind the scenes effort must be put in – (the invitations and follow up work didn’t ‘just happen’). With some of the other preparations the Sosna family did get additional help from a reliable group of elves: Don Schwartz, Iris Edelson, Susan, Alice and Martin Dillon and the Harrington family all pitched in along with the Sosna family to request and obtain over 120 raffle prizes from restaurants and vendors.
Behind the scene others helped in their own way to make this event fly, and so we also give thanks to Ed Burki and Mike Sosna for obtaining sponsorship from Health Care Professionals and Ruth and Howie Pohl for greeting the guests as they arrived to pick up their reserved seating table assignments.
I’d like to close this article with a few heartfelt words from Mike:
“To those who attended the Holiday Party, I hope you had a great time at the event and what a pleasure it was to be able to celebrate together with our good friends and colleagues. We took a moment to reflect on and think of our friends facing medical challenges and wished them all the best in improved health and then we had a champagne toast to good health, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and Happy Holidays.”
In the toast, Mike added the following: “We shouldn’t complain at all that roses have thorns. We should celebrate that thorns have roses.”
My own best wishes to all for a healthy and Happy New Year.