On Sunday afternoon, November 5th, the Alyssa Alvin Foundation for Hope hosted the 3rd annual Fiesta de Arte at El Molcajete restaurant in Geneva.  The auction room was jam-packed with attendees enjoying appetizers while bidding on art pieces, musically-themed gifts and other donations from friends, supporters and local businesses. 

Our featured artist, Louise Grissinger, spoke to our group and shared the stories of her art and teaching careers as well as that of her son, Jimmy, and his untimely death.  Jimmy Grissinger, like Alyssa, was a promising musician.  We honor his memory too, celebrate their love for the arts and carry on with the AAFH mission of bringing joy to young patients seeking creative outlets.

The highlight of the afternoon occurred on the outdoor patio with musical entertainment provided by El Mariachi Instituto de Chicago (MIC), a group of grade school and high school musicians led by Tony Ozuna, Director of MIC.  Though the evening was cool, the music was hot and lively and thoroughly enjoyed by all there.  The young musicians were dressed in traditional mariachi attire and the boys and girls demonstrated fine skills with their violins, guitars, trumpets, voices and more.

After the wonderful musical performance, guests returned back inside to the auction room to see what they had won from the 35 auction items donated.  Special thanks to Louise, Tony, El Molcajete restaurant, all the donors and everyone who attended and supported our successful event!