Monday, March 21, 2005
A friend in need
When F’s friends learned that he wouldn’t be able to work for at least six months after his bypass surgery, they organized a benefit social as a sort of fundraising to help out his family. The social was held last night at a church hall. Tickets were pre-sold and a few were sold at the door. Co-workers, people from Couples For Christ, friends, and friends of family mingled and danced. Friends donated prizes for silent auction. People also donated food – pancit, spaghetti, bread, kakanin (deserts), chips, drinks. Although I’m not a dancer, I did some moves with my friends to Staying Alive, Dancing Queen, Footloose and other songs.
F showed up even though he was still recovering from his surgery. He thanked everyone who supported him and came to the social. He said, “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” His seven kids (mga pamangkin ko) sang their own rendition of the ABBA’s “Thank you for the music.” Nel, the head organizer and emcee of the night kept referring to the kids, “the von Trapp kids.” He didn’t know that they were performing “So Long, Farewell,” which they adapted from the movie, “The Sound of Music.” And of course, they got a big applause from the audience.
People danced away until about 11:00 p.m. R and I stayed with sis and the organizers to help clean out. Although it was already 1:00 a.m. when I hopped on bed, I felt like I did have a fun night!