Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

March 14, 2013

Letter: Valentine's party was 'magical' night for special adults

Editor, Townsman:

We would like to acknowledge the generous anonymous person who provided the most enchanting evening at the Andover Country Club on Valentine’s evening. This special event was for a special group of mentally challenged young adults and their caretakers, including our daughter Amy Griffin who has Down Syndrome. There were about 150 attendees.

The room was beautifully lighted and decorated with red, helium-filled Valentine balloons and the many white-table-clothed tables had centerpieces with vases filled with long stemmed, red roses that had tiny foil red hearts around them, as well as chocolate-heart candies covered in foil. The sit-down dinner included fresh fruit, tossed salad and warm rolls, and it was then complimented by the most fabulous roasted fresh vegetables with delicious stuffed chicken covered with sauce and mushrooms. The dessert was a chocolate lava cake with raspberry sauce – to die for.

The professional magician from Chile performed for about an hour. Going into the audience and bringing some of the special young adults up on stage to help him, he had them and everyone else mesmerized. He even pulled out a live rabbit.

The disc jockeys were excellent as well. The music was to end at 9 p.m., but the young people were dancing until almost 9:30. One of the disc jockeys was even out on the floor dancing with the young people. Everyone had the time of their lives.

We thank the anonymous donor for making such a magical night for so many young special adults in our community. No expenses were spared and everything was done so perfectly and professionally.

We would also like to acknowledge Enzo Fossella’s daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters for making sure everything went off elegantly.

The Griffins

(Leo, Nancy and, especially, Amy)

Sandlewood Lane

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