A “dim sum” is a Cantonese term that refers to a Chinese meal that involves small portions of food, similar to a tea party. BPG’s Manny Torrijos recently hosted a dim sum, but it was more than just your ordinary tea party with pastries and tea tasting. On June 19, 2011, Torrijos organized a dim sum benefitting Brooklyn Parkinson Group at Jing Fong Restaurant on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan, specifically to support the Fitness for PD program at the Bedford Stuyvesant YMCA.
In his invitation, Torrijos explains how the programs and activities that BPG provides have been his “refuge” since he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. According to him, the Brooklyn classes that he participates in have hindered the progression of his Parkinson’s and he is so grateful. Eileen Evans and Carol Enseki, along with Torrijos, are part of a Participant-Driven Project committee that helps to organize house parties and various BPG soirees. The dim sum was Manny’s opportunity to campaign for the group and all of its members with the help of his committee.
The event was very successful and we were able to raise $2,000. This money will support the Fitness for PD program in Bed Stuy for 10 weeks. This is an outstanding achievement, but it gets better. Mr. Torrijos graciously agreed to match the funds raised dollar-for-dollar. This means that BPG will receive a $4000 profit from this high tea. BPG thanks Mr. Torrijos for his generous contribution to the group, as well as the Jing Fong Restaurant for hosting the event with style.