SEPA Mujer — a Patchogue-based non-profit organization that’s been working to support immigrant women on Long Island since 1993 — is set to host its annual fundraising gala.
This year’s Masquerade Ball is planned for Friday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. at Stereo Garden (9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue). The theme is “Unmasking a New Generation,” with a focus on the group’s Girls A.C.T. program for Latina girls ages 14 to 21.
“We teach [the girls] all different kinds of wellness. We take them on college tours, and we introduce them to activism,” said Tiffany Rivera, community engagement coordinator for SEPA Mujer. “That is what we are going for this year, but the reason we decided to do the ‘Unmasking a New Generation’ is it is very common in our culture, all of our families live together and are of different generations.”
The goal of this year’s theme is to inspire the upcoming Latina generation to rise above injustice and change the world. The event will also reconnect guests of all ages through shared culture and values.
The Masquerade Ball is a formal, black-tie event where participants can socialize with over 200 individuals, a group that will include familiar community leaders, honorees, advocates, service providers, and SEPA members.
While learning more about SEPA’s services and programs, guests can enjoy a fun-packed night filled with live DJ performances, honoree recognition, drinks, cocktails, a buffet dinner, and raffle drawings.
“We’re very excited about what everyone is going to wear, we’re all talking about it between the members, and we’re excited to see everybody’s mask,” Rivera said. “We do have a lot of people coming who are not from our culture too.”
Some of the honorees this year include Northwell Health, Patchogue Young Professionals, New Hour for Women and Children LI.
Tickets start at $150 and are available on SEPA Mujer’s website here.
People can also begin bidding for the auction and buy raffle tickets on the organization’s website.
Top photo: A group table at one of the fundraising gala’s hosted by SEPA Mujer. (SEPA Mujer’s website)