In the spirit of neighborliness and the holiday season, five organizations (Aurora Public Library, Aurora Strong Resilience Center, Aurora Youth Options, the Anschutz Community Campus Partnership and the Hoffman Youth and Community Center) tenanted in the building collaborated on hosting a holiday party and open house for the residents of the Hoffman neighborhood and their friends. Representing diverse mandates, although serving the same residents living in the Hoffman neighborhood, this was a unique partnership for the participating organizations, as each took responsibility for various aspects of the party.
For AYO, it's important to provide opportunities for mentors and mentees and other youth to have a fun event to attend and to enjoy. The 2014 holiday party, broader in scope than previous years' parties, brought people together with an interest in supporting the Aurora community. Approximately 150 people came, played, ate, and celebrated with one another on December 11, 2014, including 22 AYO mentors, mentees, and their families. Folks brought food, their kids, and their sense of fun. Partiers made cookie houses, dreidels, danced, and smashed a piñata. Hoolabalu provided some amazing balloon animals and creations. Festive holiday photos with seasonal/crazy hats and accessories were created among family groups and friends. comments from attendees let us know it was a lot of fun, kid and family friendly, and very welcoming. In fact, "better than some community parties I've been to!" Thank you to our volunteers and to those who donated their time and energy to the success of the party. A big thank you to Pattycake and Zing (Girl Scouts of CO volunteers), Big Papa Music, King Soopers, Little Flower Bakery, and Noodles and Company for their donations! This community collaboration was so successful the participating organizations look forward to similar future events that celebrate Hoffman.