What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

SPA-TACULAR PARTY'S IN BROOKLYN DONATES BIRTHDAY PARTY TO DESERVING ROCKAWAY FAMILY

     Home  >  Articles  > Local News - Queens
by Taylor Paraboschi April 22, 2013

Related: kids birthday party, kids birthdays in brooklyn, hurricane sandy, spa-tacular partys in brooklyn,


Spa-Tacular Party's @The Candy Shop in Mill Basin, Brooklyn, hosted a birthday party for a deserving Rockaway family who were temporarily relocated to Brooklyn after Hurricane Sandy.

Last month, the Priolo family of Rockaway was given a big surprise when Spa-Tacular Party’s @The Candy Shop in Mill Basin, Brooklyn threw a birthday party for their 6-year-old twin daughters at no charge to the family.

The Priolos were one of many Rockaway families affected by Hurricane Sandy. The storm left them with three feet of water damage in their home and forced them to temporarily relocate to Brooklyn.

Spa-Tacular Party's @The Candy Shop

The Priolo family shares a happy moment while blowing out the candles on Isabella and
Valentina’s birthday cake. Shira Gelman

Like many Sandy victims, the Priolos received a $1,000 gift card from Cantor Fitzgerald to help them replace some of the items they lost in the storm. But instead of using the money to buy material things, the Priolos wanted to throw their young daughters, Isabella and Valentina, a fun birthday party to help them forget about the tragedy.

“My husband came home and said ‘You need to make these girls a party—we’ve been through a lot,’” says Raquel Priolo, the twins’ mother. She found Spa-Tacular Party’s through a friend who encouraged her to visit the venue. “[She] said ‘If you have a party here it’s going to take everything they’ve been through away, for at least a day.’”

The Priolos wanted the party to create a special escape especially for their daughter Valentina who has Rett syndrome, a rare but severe developmental disorder that causes her to have difficulty with normal cognitive and sensory functions.

“Valentina can’t do most of what we take advantage of,” her mother explains.

Upon hearing the family’s story, Shira Gelman, owner of Spa-Tacular Party’s, decided to donate the entire party package to the Priolo family. On April 13, Isabella, Valentina, and approximately 75 guests danced to music by DJ Mr. Kid of Not Just Dancers Entertainment, played games, and enjoyed food and refreshments from Pizza D’Amore. The highlight of the night came when the twins had their hair and make up done by Spa-Tacular staff members before dressing up and starring in their very own fashion show.

“I believe in fate and I believe that this happened for a reason,” says Priolo, citing the extraordinary effort Spa-Tacular Party’s put in to make the party a success. “[Valentina] was on a cloud. She didn’t go to bed 'til midnight. It wasn’t even a sugar high, it was a happy high.”


Get Your FREE Indoor Activity eGuide!

More Local News - Queens Articles

Fresh Meadows Urgent Care Center Adds Dental Office

Bayside Mathnasium Now Offers Friday Hours
Long Island City Welcomes the NY Kids Club
Creativity Comes in Threes This Summer in Queens
2014 Free Summer Meals Program Kicks Off in New York City

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Local News - Queens Sponsors

Gym Tech
866GYMTECH
Gym Tech offers you the opportunity to purchase af...

Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
5 Medical Dr
Port Jefferson Station, NY
631-632-3070
The Cody Center for Autism and Developmental Disab...

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
421 E. 61st St (between First & York Avenues)
New York, NY
212-838-6878 x26
The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden offers a su...

Camp Fashion Design
New York, NY
703-273-2560/888-757-5575
Camp Fashion Design gives girls, ages 12-18 the op...

Artistic Gymnastics
425 Oser Ave.
Hauppauge, NY
631-273-8426
We are dedicated to providing our students with fu...
See Our Local News - Queens Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE