From the Fox 29 (Delray Beach, FL)
Bedtime Boogie, this year's annual fundraiser for Pajama Program, Palm Beach County Chapter, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2009 at Old School Square, Vintage Gymnasium in Delray Beach. It will be an exciting evening of great food, and entertainment.
Guests will be charmed by the Keili Kids of FiddleWorks, awed by the ballroom dancing exhibition of Eric & Nataliya, owners of Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Delray Beach, and most likely swooning over Elvis. There will be terrific auction items and raffles prizes. Our honorary chairperson is Stephanie Mingo-McKoy, the President and CEO of the Juvenile Transition Center (JTC) in Boynton Beach, Florida. Tickets are $100.
Pajama Program, a 501(c)(3)organization, was founded by Genevieve Piturro in 2001 in New York. After visiting a shelter and realizing that many children slept in their clothes, Genevieve recognized a need to be filled. Last year she was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where the audience donated over 32,000 pairs of pajamas. There are now seventy-four chapters nation-wide and pajamas and books have been sent to children in South Africa, Kenya, Greece, Israel and the Ukraine, to name a few.
The Palm Beach County Chapter of Pajama Program is in its second year and has already provided over 3,500 pairs of new pajamas and new books to children in the county. Many of these children come to shelters with only the clothes they are wearing. Our mission is to provide children in need with a loving and nurturing bedtime environment. We are proud to say we provide new pajamas and new books to twenty-four Receiving Organizations, and are adding new R.O.s on a daily basis.
The community has welcomed us with open arms and our chapter volunteers are happy to support any efforts in fundraising and pajama donations. Private individuals, businesses and organizations have supported us through pajama parties, school or religious organization drives, corporate events, drop -off locations and tax-deductible donations.
The Pajama Program, Palm Beach County Chapter, is happy and proud to serve the children of our county. Please contact Bobbi Rini, Co-President, at 954-234-0385 or Carole Brewster, Event Coordinator, at 561-445-9258 for further information.