MAHOPAC, N.Y.— What first started off as a small party with a few women wearing their favorite little black dresses to support the Mahopac-based, not-for-profit organization Community Cares six years ago, has grown to become one of the most anticipated events in the area. On Thursday, May 11, some 300 people, both men and women, danced, mingled and raised money at the Little Black Dress Party, held at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac.

Community Cares, a nonprofit that supports families in medical crisis, helps parents with serious illnesses who have young children to care for. Its services include  meals from local eateries, wash and fold services from local laundries, and housecleaning services. Its mission is to help families manage normal daily routines while they work on more important things, mainly, getting healthy again.

The money raised through Little Black Dress’s sponsorships, tickets, raffles and silent auction items go toward providing services to Community Cares’ clients.