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Contact: Derek Saker,
Director of Communications
OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services
OHEL Celebrates Purim with Le Cirque Du Purime Masquerade Ball
Over a year in the planning, Long Island Families' Le Cirque Du Purime Masquerade Ball took the 5 towns by storm on February 25th, 2010. Â Kicking off the Purim season, it was a night of whimsy and magical entertainment, co-chaired by Yonina Wind, Shoshana Mizrachi and Jessica Lampert, with party planning chair Esther Silber.Â
Despite a ("snowicane") blizzard of epic proportions, over 225 revelers turned up in costumes for the first time ever charity ball benefiting the women and children served by OHEL's domestic abuse program. Â
According to David Mandel, CEO of OHEL, â€śThe night was especially important for the way it introduced many to OHEL for the first time. This was a crowd with excitement, youth and love of gemilas chasadim. These are all attributes personified by those who came out to support OHEL and the many programs it provides.â€ť
Guests were given "red carpet treatment", with "paparazzi" snapping away, while real cirque performers including a fantasy stilt walker, a mentalist, magician, juggler, and an acrobat who was recently seen on Jay Leno entertained the crowd at Sephardi Temple, fabulously transformed with a downtown jazz vibe atmosphere courtesy of Esther Silber and Heshy J of Scoop Couture Events. Â Cools sounds emanated from the live liquid jazz fusion band, glittering raffles prize packages added luster, and an exciting costume contest all added up to a unique and memorable evening all benefiting a cause the 5 towns community was eager to get behind.
OHEL Bais Ezra is a pioneering social services agency that delivers a breadth of innovative programs and services for individuals and families at risk, and individuals with developmental or psychiatric disabilities, in both residential and out-patient settings. Founded in 1969 and with close to 100 residences, apartments, and more than 30 diverse programs, OHEL services have been consistently ranked #1 by New York City. Touching the lives of thousands of individuals at every stage, and every day, OHELâ€™s professional services are available throughout New York, Â New Jersey and South Florida. These services include Housing, Foster Care, Out-Patient Counseling, At Home Based Services, School Based Services, Abuse Services and Camps.