The Angela’s House Gala was at the Watermill in Smithtown on Thursday March 27th. The beautiful catering hall was transformed into a space full of love, support, friends, and family. Over 250 people were in attendance, and although not everyone knew each other personally, they were not strangers. The Angela’s House Gala was an event that united people for a beautiful night, in support of the children and families of Angela’s House.
“I feel blessed to have had such a big crowd and a very nice spirit the whole night. Thank you for your support which helped us to have a successful evening.” Said Bob Policastro, about the wonderful night.
The Gala was a night not only for community members, and friends to show their support for our organization, but mostly it was for the families and the employees of Angela’s House to dedicate their lives to helping these children live happy, comfortable, and joyful lives, in a safe and loving environment.
Looking back at that night, there was not a dry eye in the room as Angela’s House Founder; Bob Policastro gave an emotional and touching speech honoring Bonnie Farrell. A nurse supervisor at Angela’s house, known for her kindness, compassion, and dedication to her work, family, and friends, and who’s life was lost far too soon.
A video was presented celebrating the lives of two children Jake and Samantha. This amazing video was created by Leroy Farrell and Jennifer Jordan who capture the children’s loving mother Maria and her passion to give her children the best life she can. Bob Policastro, shared we may not be able to changed the medical problem of the children but we as a community owe it to these children to give them the best life we can”
Darren Krantz, a long time friend, and supporter of the organization was our honoree for creating “ Race For Kids”. Darren and his family and team for years have been generously promoting and raising money for Angela’s House. His father Arthur Krantz has also been recognized for his support over the years as well.
The gala was an emotional night, one full of love and support. The organization was able to raise thousands of dollars but more important then the money raised was the awareness. Awareness is the most important; money cannot buy what the result of awareness can bring. The deep-rooted desire that everyone who lives, works, and supports this organization has to help these children and to assist parents in safely caring for their children at home. It is also important for people to understand what the homes of Angela’s House are all about.
“We have a burning desire to have to our children live in one of our homes verse living far from home or in a hospital or nursing home. We feel the children deserve our homes, ones that offer a warm and loving environment.” Said Bob Policastro.
While seeing the children who Angela’s House takes care of can sometimes be very sad and challenging, the event celebrated the lives of the beautiful children and how far they have come. It was a magical night, one that will reside in the hearts of everyone who was in attendance for the rest of their lives, as well as in the children and families that receive everyone’s love and support.