The UPAA-MB, Inc. observed the spirit of the holidays by celebrating its fourth annual Christmas Get-Together last Friday, November 29th at Bronx Park Community Centre located at 720 Henderson Hwy.
Foregoing the original event theme, the organization has decided instead to help the victims of super typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) in the Philippines. A small potluck dinner was held accompanied by a silent auction, a 50/50 draw, and loose cash donations. The event was well-attended by its members, both current and potential, and their families and friends. A small photobooth was also set-up for the guests’ enjoyment.
The Board screened a video to showcase and summarize this year’s activities. The video recognized the members’ personal achievements and life-changing events, and congratulated them for a job well-done. In addition to these, the Social Responsibility Committee also acknowledged its volunteers for this year, finishing with the Volunteer of the Year which was awarded to Jay Javier. Jay also received the Member of the Year award for an exceptional display of commitment and hardwork not just to the organization, but to the community that UPAA-MB, Inc. serves.
The event ended with the announcement of the 50/50 draw, with Sarah Gonzales taking home the prize. A net total of $656.15 has been collected from the Get-Together, in addition to the $300.00 coming from the organization’s fund. The money will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. The donation will be tripled by a company and government matching program.