Tag Archives: Philanthropy

First Annual Fundraiser for Rural Schools Is Big Success!

Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 6.06.32 PMBy Deborah Van Hoewyk

On 16 February, 2016, El Sueño Zapoteco / The Bacaanda Foundation threw its first “Dream Festival / Festival del Sueño” to support its work with rural schools in the Bahias de Huatulco area. There was singing and dancing, food and drink, raffles galore, artisan sales, a dunk tank, kids’ games, fabulous Early Bird and Grand Prizes—Guelaguetza Park next to Marina Park Plaza was noisy, crowded, and very colorful. Through admissions and sales of food and raffle tickets, the event raised approximately $116,000 mxn; subtracting expenses, the Festival’s net gain was approximately $75,000 mxn (about $4,150 US / $5,700 CAD). Continue reading First Annual Fundraiser for Rural Schools Is Big Success!

New Trend, New Building: Huatulco’s First Home for the Elderly

Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 11.23.58 AMBy Deborah Van Hoewyk

As the first U.S. and Canadian baby boomers age through retirement—those born in 1945 are now 70—Mexico is jumping on the assisted living bandwagon, offering facilities, activities, and medical care at far more affordable rates than in the States, and somewhat more affordable than in Canada, but with way better weather! Puerto Vallarta, Lake Chapala, San Luis Potosí, Mexico City—all boast northern-style assisted living facilities that are marketed north of the border. Continue reading New Trend, New Building: Huatulco’s First Home for the Elderly

Splish, Splash, You’ll Be Takin’ a Bath!

By Deborah Van Hoewyk

You will be if you volunteer on January 16 for the hot – and wet – seat on the Dream Festival’s spanking new dunk tank (see story in this issue for info on the Festival). You know what a dunk tank is, one of those big water tanks with a seat for a willing victim? The “audience” throws some kind of ball at a target attached to a trigger mechanism. When you hit the target, the trigger releases, the seat drops, and the victim plunges into the tank. Continue reading Splish, Splash, You’ll Be Takin’ a Bath!

What Happens to Those Centavos???

By Brooke Gazer

When you are at the grocery check out, your total is rarely an even number. Your bill might be $273.61pesos. At Soriana, the clerks ask you, “Do you want to donate the centavos to …?” If you answer “yes” they round it up to $274. Nobody misses the 33 tiny centavos; in fact most stores just keep it. Using those stray centavos, Soriana supports various charities throughout the year. This year, from July 1 through October 31, Un Nuevo Amanecer was the recipient and during those four months the centavos added up to a whopping $76,785.97 pesos! Continue reading What Happens to Those Centavos???

Palmas Unidas

By Fran McLaren

Palmas Unidas Bahías de Huatulco AC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for homeless cats and dogs in Huatulco. The group, led by Roberto Dattoli and his wife Margaret Guerra, owners of the Hotel Plaza Delphinus at Chahue, began meeting monthly in 2014. In March 2015 the group became a registered civil association. Since then, the group has rescued and found homes for over 45 puppies, and with the help of local veterinarians Dr. Norma Rivera and Dr. Freddy Cruz, more than 41 additional animals have been sterilized and adopted. Continue reading Palmas Unidas

Oaxacan Artist Enrique Flores Shines with Philanthropy

Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 12.59.10 PMBy Alvin Starkman M.A., J.D.

Enrique Flores is one of the most prolific Mexican artists of his generation. Of course having been mentored by the late great master of Mexican art, Rodolfo Morales, hasn’t hurt; nor has the fact some of Oaxaca’s most prominent art galleries have served as his patrons for many years. But there’s no substitute for hard work, talent, vision and philanthropy. Continue reading Oaxacan Artist Enrique Flores Shines with Philanthropy