2015-11-25 / Features

Community Celebrates Annual Pajama Party & Benefit


Citations were presented by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas’ Chief of Staff, Samantha Darche, Councilmembers Costa Constantinides and Paul Vallone (not pictured) to the Pajama Program Founder Genevieve Piturro, NYC PJ Chapter President Ana Fraioli, Sonja Mylonas of Give Me Astoria, Kadie Black and Executive Chef Nathaniel Felder, both representing The Astor Room, and Kaufman Astoria Studios for their generosity in sponsoring the event this year and to Maria L. Delgado, for her continued dedication and tireless efforts in organizing this annual PJ Drive. 
Photo Melissa Mennona Citations were presented by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas’ Chief of Staff, Samantha Darche, Councilmembers Costa Constantinides and Paul Vallone (not pictured) to the Pajama Program Founder Genevieve Piturro, NYC PJ Chapter President Ana Fraioli, Sonja Mylonas of Give Me Astoria, Kadie Black and Executive Chef Nathaniel Felder, both representing The Astor Room, and Kaufman Astoria Studios for their generosity in sponsoring the event this year and to Maria L. Delgado, for her continued dedication and tireless efforts in organizing this annual PJ Drive. Photo Melissa Mennona Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas and Maria L. Delgado hosted their sixth annual Pajama Party in Astoria, at The Astor Room. The party, sponsored by The Astor Room, Kaufman Astoria Studios, and Give Me Astoria, benefited the Pajama Program, a non-profit organization that provides warm pajamas and books for children in need. In total, more than 645 new pairs of pajamas and books were donated. The event attracted more than 100 guests to support the children of The Pajama Program while enjoying a festive atmosphere, delicious food, artisanal cocktails, and a live jazz band. The Astor Room’s celebrated Executive Chef Nathaniel Felder prepared the buffet and the Cheeky Chipmunk provided free face painting for the children. Numerous local businesses donated prizes for a raffle, the proceeds of which were donated to The Pajama Program. Give Me Astoria offered free giveaways to those in attendance.

“A bedtime story and a new pair of pajamas are simple things that can bring enormous happiness to a child,” said Simotas. “Every year, I look forward to supporting the Pajama Program and helping them bring joy to children who would otherwise go without.”

Citations were presented by the Assemblywoman’s Chief of Staff Samantha Darche, Councilmembers Costa Constantinides and Paul Vallone to the Pajama Program Founder Genevieve Piturro, NYC PJ Chapter President Ana Fraioli, Sonja Mylonas of Give Me Astoria, Kadie Black and Chef Felder, both representing The Astor Room, and Kaufman Astoria Studios for their generosity in sponsoring the event this year and to Maria L. Delgado, for her continued dedication and tireless efforts in organizing this annual PJ Drive. For more information on The Pajama Program, visit www.pajamaprogram.org.

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