A Grand Difference!

By williams on December 9, 2010 in AmeriCorps

Team Indy’s Make a Difference Day was nothing less than Grand! We were honored to be able to volunteer and attend the Damien Center’s annual Grande Masquerade, one of two major fundraisers the Damien Center holds each year, where all proceeds are given back to clients. The Damien Center is a local agency that offers vital supportive services to those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS so they may live abundant and productive lives.

The morning of the event, our team was beginning to feel as if we were affected by this year’s title “The Sorcerer’s Spell” from all the work that mysteriously kept appearing. From assembling the lights to cutting colored film to be placed over lights was both exciting yet strenuous. The work only heightened when we were introduced to the dining area where we placed hundreds of chairs in their proper place while at the same time showing off our cleverly effective bow tying on the backs of those chairs.

Walking into the luxury hotel that night didn’t seem to be the same room we helped in decorating earlier! The decorations were something of a fantasy and the elaborate costumes were amazing. The night started off with a silent auction followed by dinner, entertainment, and midnight dancing. To see clients, board members, and sponsors having such a good time meant a lot to team Indianapolis. We knew our work did not go unnoticed and that it for sure made a difference. Our work benefited clients apart of the Damien Center as well as impacted the community by bringing people from all walks of life together! The Grande Masquerade was an eventful night and Team Indy was so thankful to the Circle City Coalition for allowing us the opportunity to experience it. We hope to make The Grande Masquerade a yearly tradition and look forward to continuing to make a difference everyday!

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