Carolina and Jose Alfaro recently celebrated the lives of their children with their third Dinner Dance fundraiser for the GFPD. In Modesto, CA, friends of the Alfaro family came together to eat, drink, and be merry as they remembered the lives of Diego and Adrian, who were both affected by PBD-ZSD. Big brother Jose Jr. was excited to be the emcee this year and shared a few words about his brothers Diego and Adrian that enlightened the sold-out audience of 350 guests.
This year’s honored guest was Miss Ezra Burdick, who made the trip from Arizona to celebrate Diego and Adrian and help represent all children affected with PBD-ZSD. Ezra started the dance off with her father Jeremy in the “PBD Father-Daughter Dance.” Ezra’s friend and returning honored guest, Ainsley Wade, joined the dance floor with her dad Kato and made the evening extra special.
Even after moving to a larger venue this year, tickets to the event were sold out and the dancefloor was packed with supporters. The Dinner Dance featured live music by the Mike Torres Band as well as a raffle and silent auction that brought the evening’s fundraising total to over $22,000. The dessert and silent auctions alone raised over $2,500 of that total, and was stocked with items donated by friends of the Alfaros and other members of the community. The Alfaros were thrilled with the support they received, noting that they “could not have had such a success without the help of our friends who volunteered or donated to the cause.” The Alfaros were also extremely excited to have GFPD Scientific Advisory Board member Dr. Joseph Hacia present, along with numerous PBD families—the Burdick, Wade, Haire, Gamble and Whitney families—who traveled from four states to attend.