Puerto Vallarta Local Community

THE PALM CABARET AND BAR KICKS OFF EXCITING NEW SEASON!

 

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico:  From Broadway legend and Tony Nominee, Sharon McNight, to the hilarious Emmy-Award winning Leslie Jordan (Will and Grace, The Help) telling his “Stories I Can’t Tell My Mama” to local singer, Jorge Acosta, The Palm Cabaret has many surprises, musical treats and laughs in store for you this season.  Returning favorites like Kim Kuzma, Joanna and Sol Rose, add to the excitement.  “You won’t want to miss a single artist this season!  The line-up is the best we’ve ever had.” says Mark Rome, founder of the Palm.

     Kicking off Thanksgiving Week and the 2012/2013 season, returning for his third consecutive season, is the hilarious (and often touching) vocal impressionist, singer and comedian Mark Alan Smith.  Mark Alan opens on Friday, Nov. 16 at 10pm and runs through Thanksgiving week. “All of Mark Alan’s character voices are live. There is never any lip synch in these shows,” says Tracy Parks, entertainment coordinator for The Palm, “although people constantly ask at the door ‘was that really his voice?’ Yes, it was, I tell them.”

     Joining the Thanksgiving line-up with two special shows of her own is the charming and beautiful, Chi Chi Rones (aka Emmy Award Winning writer and singer Peter Garcia).  Chi Chi is famous for her Los Muertos beach parachute entrance to Puerto Vallarta last season and her burro serenades down Olas Altas.  Her show opens Monday, Nov. 19 at 8pm for two consecutive nights.  Chi Chi will be a frequent guest artist at The Palm, making numerous appearances as Chi Chi has decided to take a break from Hollywood and spend the winter with us in her home country of Mexico!

     Thanksgiving week also brings back the hilarious Joanna, “The Gal with a Gazillion Voices”, who always keeps the crowd coming back for more.  Joanna has many new characters (all live, no lip synch), stories, and stage games in store for her lively audiences in her newly titled show, “Joanna’s Funhouse” which will open Tuesday Nov. 20 and run each Tuesday and Saturday at 10pm thru the season.

     Vallarta’s favorite Canadian songstress, the gorgeous Kim Kuzma, is in rehearsals for her new ‘Unplugged with Spanish Guitars’ Show, the sell-out hit of last season which is scheduled to return on Nov. 25 at 7pm and run each Sunday at 7pm.  Kim’s new solo show will be at 10pm on Wednesdays thru the season.

     To make attending shows easier, follow The Palm’s website:  www.ThePalmPV.com to be sure you don’t miss upcoming headliners like Leslie Jordan, Sharon McNight, Toronto’s Miss Conception, Kelly Mantle (nephew of Mickey), Amy and Freddy, Del Shores (Sordid Lives), Sol Rose, Michael Holmes in The Judy Show and the return of the fabulous Joelle Rabu!  Theatre goers can also purchase tickets for all the Act II Entertainment shows scheduled this season including “The Rocky Horror Show” currently playing Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays thru Dec. 29.  Tickets for all shows may be purchased online and sent to ‘will call’ for pick up (no need to print) again this year with a credit card/PayPal.

     The Palm is located at Olas Altas 508.  The Box Office opens 3 hours before show time.  You can also find the Palm on Facebook at The Palm Cabaret and Bar.  You may also phone the club at 322 222 0277 starting at 5pm nightly.

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PV litter clean up NOV 14TH your invited!

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As a travel destination and our home Puerto Vallarta’s most valuable asset is the amazing natural beauty.To compete for tourism and preserve the environment and our own quality of life we need care for our home you can help, the next highway clean up will be November 14th 2012, the previous in July was a wonderful success and a very small group of volunteers were able to accomplish an impressive clean up of 6 km of highway filling over 45 jumbo garbage bags with trash that would have ended up in the ocean this time we are going to clean the entire highway from town to Mismaloya. We welcome all volunteers, property owners and are optimistic that the new city hall will help make this work.

DATE: NOVEMBER 14 2012
WHERE: HIGHWAY 200, from the Pemex Station in town to Mismaloya
VOLUNTEERS: Meet at the PEMEX station near town
TIME: 8AM
PROPERTY BUSINESS OWNERS: we ask you and your staff to clean the larea 500 meters on either side of your property and leave in the designated garbage pick-up spot. We have a truck and will pick up and dispose of the trash. At 12 noon approx.
It is proven that an area free of garbage and graffiti is most likely not to attract trash, graffiti and crime, making for higher property values, more tourism and a stronger economy. We all benefit from a clean environment, from our personal health to our overall happiness.
Thank you
PEACE MEXICO

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PEACE’s Action for Food program hits the ground running in Puerto Vallarta

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We are excited to announce the launch of the PEACE Action for Food program in Puerto Vallarta!

The PEACE “PV Protectores Action for Food” program is funded  by the proceeds from the PEACE Puerto Vallarta Home Tours, an initiative run completely by volunteers.  

Attendance for the tours was up 12% last season and the tours grossed over $250,000 pesos which was banked until September (or Septihambre as it’s known locally because it’s the month when hunger is at its highest being the slowest month of the year in tourism) at which time the new Action for Food program was started that tour funds support. 

Action for Food is a program where people living in some of the poorest colonias in the Vallarta area meet with members of PEACE and identify work projects in their community such as removing graffiti from buildings, cleaning trash, painting schools, weeding public areas, etc.  Two hours of volunteering on the project gives each person a food basket containing 10 meals. 

Here are the numbers from the beginning of the program in September. It has been widely successful! 

  • Total number of participants: 48
  • Estimated number of people benefited: 200
  • Neighborhoods worked in: Paso Ancho & Col. Buenos Aires.

The population is responding very well. We have more people asking to be participants than we can currently afford to support, which is our incentive for growing the tours.

Tours will resume on Tuesday, November 20th and will end on March 26th  although we’ll be closed on December 25th and January 1st.  We hope to increase ticket sales once again this season so we’re able to help even more of those in need.

For more information on the PEACE Home Tours or to make a reservation please visit:

http://www.peacemexico.org/social_businesses/peace_home_tours

http://www.peacehometourpv.com/PEACE_Home_Tour/Welcome.html

 https://www.facebook.com/Peace.Home.Tours?ref=ts

For more information about the “Protectores Action for Food” program please contact: ceci@peacemexico.org

A BIG THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO HELP TO MAKE THIS PROGRAM A SUCCESS!!!

 

Writting by: PEACE Mexico.

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On Saturday July 21st visitors and residents in Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town watched in amusement as scavenger hunters took over the town.

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36 teams, more than 144 people, armed with smart phones participated in the inaugural rally that generated $65,270.50 pesos for Pasitos de Luz, a local organization that provides services for children with special needs.

You could feel the excitement and anticipation in the air as teams arrived at Nacho Daddy’s early to register and the hunt got underway promptly at 1pm. Four-person teams raced on foot, by car, ATV’s and bikes through the neighborhood to find obscure landmarks, people, objects and perform challenges from the hunt list. Challenges included collecting 40 different items, solving mystery clues, burying team members in the sand, shooting a hole in one, eating hot dogs, finding Nel and Luke, bobbing for apples, and standing in a boat. Items collected included a real fish eye, a t-shirt with the Mexican flag, and a copy of the 2011 Gourmet Festival magazine, picture of Elvis, a Alejandro Fernandez cd and a live cock roach to name a few.
The most challenging clue was ‘Like the “Mother Lode” I’m gold and am underground. Find me and record my “claim number” that contains a ‘3’ and a ‘G’. Three teams were able to find the car underground in the parkade. Teams were also required to use their smart phones to upload pictures of the teams completing some of the tasks.

Teams had four hours to check off as many items on the list as possible and the 3 teams with the highest points were awarded cash prizes. The winning teams were the Twisted Palms/Los Muertos Brewing, the Buzos Basureros, and the Awesome 4Sum.

Many thanks to the Home Owners of PVRPV.com for donating the $5000 for 1st place, Mike Hickman for donating $3000 for second place and Wally Demary and Chuck Mallery for donating $1,500 for 3rd place.Post-event festivities continued at Nacho Daddy’s with live entertainment, raffle drawings, auctions and award presentations.

Event coordinators, Tim Longpre from PVRPV, Carole Fast and Charlotte Semple from Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and Lori Lorensen from Rio Amapas would like to thank to the businesses who donated items for the raffle, the volunteers, Nacho Daddy’s for hosting the event and the team members. A special thanks to the event sponsors, Chad La Grone for his generous donation of $5000 pesos and Bruce and Julia from Teatro Lemon for donating the auction item. Together we have made a difference to Pasitos de Luz and the lives of the families they support.

The next hunt is scheduled for January 20,2013. Details coming soon!

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Community-wide Scavenger Hunt to benefit Pasitos de Luz in Puerto Vallarta

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From beach venders and four-legged animals to murals and landmarks, participating four-person teams will leave no clue unturned as they walk around Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town on Saturday afternoon, July 21st from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM for the inaugural community-wide Scavenger Hunt to benefit Pasitos de Luz, a local organization that treats children with disabilities.

Pre and post-hunt festivities take place at Nacho Daddy´s Mex Tex Restaurant & Bar located at 180 Basilio Badillo. Team entry is $500 pesos. Individuals are also encouraged to participate and will be assigned accordingly.Event organizers Tim Longre of PVRPV, Lori Lorenzen of Rio Amapas Private Luxury Residences and Charlotte Semple, Carole Fast of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates promise a fun day for all of the teams as they search key locations around town using their Smartphone’s to document their progress. Winning teams will be selected based on completion time, and accumulated points and various categories at the after-party. The championship team will receive a $5,000 peso cash prize while other finalists and team goers vie for other prizes including travel getaways, dining vouchers, artwork, wine and more.

To register your TEAM please send an email to Tim@pvrpv.com including all 4 team members full name, email addresses and TEAM name. TEAMS are limited so register as soon as possible. For more information you can also find the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/276941489070275/

ABOUT PASITOS DE LUZ…

Pasitos de Luz is a 7am – 7pm rehabilitation center that provides FREE medical, educational, nutritional and well being services to 120 (60 on a daily basis, 60 rotating) children with severe disabilities (quadriplegic, Down syndrome, hunters syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, total and partial paralysis, sequelae of meningitis, hydrocephaly and muscular dystrophy). Because of the intensive assistance requirements of these special children, the cost for their care is higher than for most children in Mexico. Many of the children at Pasitos de Luz cannot feed themselves; sit, stand or move without help; speak or hear; and most, ranging in age from 1 year to 20 years, wear diapers. 100% of the funds raised at this event will go towards caring for our children. In addition to caring for our children, we also need to cover our operating costs (electricity, gas, water). Our operations areentirely funded though donations from individuals or events such as this one. We’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to visit us. Our location is Exiquio Corona 545, Col. Bobadilla ▪ Tel / Fax: + 52 (322) 299-3605 pasitosdeluz@gmail.com, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.





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Firefighters’ fundraiser surpasses expectations

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It is the quintessential romance food. It’s family food. It’s comfort food for the lonely heart. It’s party food that friends love to eat. It’s a favorite with the kids. Most importantly, the food that Marco Polo brought to Europe from the Far East in the late 13th century also serves as the foundation for a great fundraiser for the heroic men and women who put themselves in harm’s way every day…our Puerto Vallarta Firefighters and Lifeguards.

On Saturday afternoon, June 9th, the fire trucks and lifeguard equipment were moved to the street to transform the Puerto Vallarta Department in to a temporary dining hall to accommodate 250 hungry and benevolent Banderas Bay visitors and residents for the Second Annual Spaghetti Friend-Raiser which generated in excess of $50,000 pesos. Monies raised have been earmarked for the purchase of special life-saving equipment and training. In addition to the funds, event-goers contributed to “Bring-a-Thing” and donated items like bandages, disposable gloves, over-the counter medicine and array of items that are used on a daily basis.
In addition to a plethora of pastas, sumptuous salads and decadent desserts, guests enjoyed live music provided by Jaime Vegas of Paradise Plaza, Department tour, firefighter and lifeguard exhibition, live auction and raffle.Sponsors and patrons included Andale Restaurant, Barra Light, Bocon Di Vino , Candy’s Pasteleria, ChuckMallory, Costa Sur, Cupocity, Daquiri Dicks , Dreams, Ernesto Castillon, Fiesta Americana, Hotel BuenaVentura Holiday Inn , Hotel Barcelo , Hotel Costa Sur, Hotel Presidente, Irma Guzman Roblyer, Inter Continental, Isabel Olivares, Jaime Vega, Los Chatos,Marriott CasaMagna Resort & Spa, Margaret Souder, Melia, No Way Jose , Pan & Que?, Pie in the Sky, PortoBello, PVRPV, Ricotta, Salud Super Food, Sheraton, Suspiro’s Pasteleria, Vallarta Torre, VelasVallarta and Villa del Palmar. Kelly Trainor, Bert Ramirez, Cindy DuChateau Ramirez and Gary Green served as the organizing committee.

“I am in awe of the support of local businesses and the outpouring of support from residents and visitors alike.” commented Lic. Hiram Fernandez Abundis, Department Director “It was great to see so many people walking up to our firefighters and lifeguards and thank them for keeping the community safe.”

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Sausage Remains Supreme on Southside: The Dog House Opens Up Second Location in Puerto Vallarta

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Times like these call for simplicity. These are simply not the days for Beef Wellington and Baked Alaska, forks and knives. Days this hot need something reliably satisfying, something you can eat with one hand, and in a few bites. Something tried and truly delicious. Something that enters your life fully assembled, unlike absolutely anything you will ever buy at Ikea.

Look no further. Your dreams have been answered. The Dog House opened its second southside location this week at Pino Suarez 212, adjacent to the PVRPV offices. The quaint combination dine-in/take-out restaurant is open from 11am to 8pm Tuesday through Sunday. Delivery service is available.

Proprietors, Agustin Rocha and Tim Longpre, start with the best hot dogs and sausages and handle them with reverence. Whether you choose the traditional Jalisco-style hot dog — 100% beef dog wrapped in bacon, griddled until dog and bacon fuse, garnished with a kitchen sink of fresh hand-made condiments and stuffed into a Mexican bolillo roll or their piping hot faves — Italian, Chorizo, Chicken Chipotle, Bratwurst or Polish Sausages — customers will leave with a smile. Customers looking for a veggie dog that has the taste and texture of the real thing won’t be disappointed in The Dog House’s meatless offering.

For more information on The Dog House, visit www.thedoghousepv.com. The original Dog House is located in front of Paco’s Ranch in Ignacio L Vallarta 237 and open nightly at 10pm. Look for The Dog House on Facebook, Foursquare and TripAdvisor.

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PVRPV Celebrates their 7th year in business in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

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One of Puerto Vallarta’s premier vacation rental agencies has just celebrated its 7th anniversary. PVRPV first opened its doors for business on March 1, 2005. Tim Longpré, who is originally from Toronto, and his staff of 3, represented 50 properties out of their small office located at 152 Francisca Rodriguez.

In 2008, the business moved to its present location, at 210 Pino Suarez. Tim and his able staff of 24, boasting collectively 500 years of experience in the rental industry, currently represent over 500 properties located throughout the area.

PVRPV is pro-active in the community co-sponsoring events such as Charity Bingo for four years. The first three seasons of Charity Bingo raised over $360,000 pesos for Pasitos de Luz, the local daycare center for handicapped children.

During the swine flu outbreak in the summer of 2009, the PVRPV offices became the staging area for a huge food drive, organized to assist those in need.

In 2011, PVRPV co-sponsored the first annual Mob Flash Dance to promote tourism in Puerto Vallarta.

Additionally, the company took an active role in organizing the 2012 Mardi Gras Parade.

The list of community service projects is long and will continue into the future.

The PVRPV office is also the local drop off spot for all donations for all charitable organizations in the community. The PVRPV team is tireless, multi-talented and is adept at multi-tasking. Tim depends heavily on his loyal staff for community service projects and they always deliver 110%.

Even with all the extra-curricular activities, the agency has served thousands of satisfied vacationers over the years. Below is a small sample of how customers have rated their Puerto Vallarta experiences:

“Overall we were very impressed with PVRPV. When making reservations we found you polite, friendly and prompt. The transfer and meet at the apartment was totally perfect—very impressed. Will recommend you to our friends—great service.

“Everything was wonderful. Thank you so much for the great holiday. Wayne

“This was our 4th consecutive year booking with you and we have already booked for next year. We are all quite satisfied with PVRPV and have recommended you to numerous friends.

“Always a great job. No worries. Kirk.

Customer service is an extremely important commodity, one that often falls by the wayside in far too many businesses. PVRPV’s continued success in a very competitive market prompted Tim to develop and heavily rely on a 5* rating system, especially designed to pinpoint customer service weaknesses. The agency continuously rates, on average, 4.5*. Their reputation is renowned and well deserved.

The innovative creation of an automated booking system for owners and customers, has streamlined reservations coordination.

Tim’s sister, Lina, joined the team 4 years ago and recently became a partner, making PVRPV even more of a family concern.

PVRPV will soon be moving their offices to 130 Ignacio L. Vallarta, the Riviera Molino Building. Watch for the grand opening of this beautiful space sometime in May 2012.

Congratulations, PVRPV and here’s wishing you many more successful years.

Website: www.pvrpv.com
Blog: www.pvrpv.com/blog
Twitter: twitter.com/PVRPV
Facebook: www.facebook.com
YouTube:www.youtube.com
Foursquare: www.foursquare.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com

PVRPV – The largest and most popular site for Puerto Vallarta Vacation Services.

Pino Suarez 210 – Puerto Vallarta, Jal. – México 48380
Tel: (322) 222-0638 – Fax: (322) 222-9694
US or Canada: (206) 388-3703
Email: info@pvrpv.com

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Charity Bingo #1 for The Food Bank

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

Welcome to another edition of Charity Bingo. We’ve called it everything from Bingo-Lation to Bingo-Rama to Speedy Gonzalez Bingo. It’s all the same game. And, always great fun. More and more wonderful people are turning out to play every other week. This is super and thank you very much for your participation.

I thought I would do something different with this article. Don’t know about you, but it seems to me that they all almost sound the same. Just the names are changed to promote the winners. So, this time, I’ve decided not to write an article at all. That will really be a change. Oscar will simply publish a list of winners. How about that?

NOT. Of course, I’ll write the article. Made ya look though, didn’t it?

I arrived at Nacho Daddy early. Had no choice. I was in charge of the beads. I stopped on Basilio Badillo in front of Nacho Daddy, flashers flashing, popped the hatch and Sean raced out to collect the basket of newly washed beads. Thanks for the assist, Sean. By the way, Gayle from Portland graciously provided the laundry service. I must have been napping so we didn’t get pics of the process. I don’t know how she did it but I do know that she separated a whole bunch of beans from the beads as they floated away in the pool. We’d run out of beads during an especially crowded Bingo event and Nacho Daddy supplemented with beans. Yay, Gayle! Anyway, I powdered the beads before delivery. Yay, me! Hey, we all do what we can, right?

Once parked, I got to the restaurant just in time to meet Gayle and Alex. Alex brought her neat Alaskan Eskimo doggie, Diva. She really is a diva and a very good dog. Then, Ron Biggs strolled in with his little dog, too. I wondered if the night was going to end up going to the dogs.

Our February events will benefit the local food bank—Banco de Alamientos. All of the volunteers, new and old finally arrived. Carole immediately began hawking the 50/50 raffle tickets. She may have started before she even came through the door for all I know. The woman is tireless. Moreover, she won’t take “no” or even “no, thank you” for an answer. Her success is legendary. Rock on, Carole. Robin was back, selling the BIG Raffle tickets. Three prizes were up for grabs—10 passes to Swimming With the Dolphins, valued at $3,000, 2 nights at Casa Isabel, worth $4,000 and 2 valuable clown paintings donated by Margaret Souder. The prize bags, each valued at over $1,500, were donated by dozens of restaurants, service providers and bars throughout Puerto Vallarta. We’ve got some great donors this year. Charlotte and Lori have done a splendid job.

By the way, Banco de Alamientos is a little known charity. However, they’ve been around awhile and they help feed over 5,000 people a month. Food donations will always be cheerfully accepted.

We were entertained by a pair of brand new callers this evening—Astrid van Dam of Superior Tours and another lady assisting. I didn’t catch her name. In any case, Tim introduced them as Laverne and Shirley. Well, being Dutch, they didn’t understand the humor. So, Tim re-introduced them as Thelma and Louise. The ladies were familiar with that pair. Yikes! Any case, Astrid had never called a bingo game before but, boy oh boy, she got down to it and we were off to the races again. Another Speedy Gonzalez night, Astrid style. In English AND in Spanish. Oh, and in Dutch a couple of times. Very amusing, very fun. Kudos, Astrid and thank you for joining us. Hope to see you again.

Let the games begin. Game 1 was won by Gerry White; Game 2 by Bob Turgeon. Game 3 was a double, with Gayle Adcock (my friend from Portland) and Marsha Germaise (remember this name) sharing the honors. Actually, it’s not a share. Each winner receives a whole bag of goodies. Game 4 was another double, with Fay Sloane and Marsha Germaise (remember her?) taking home the baggies.

Break time. Half time. Whatever. Time to replenish beverages and munchies. The Nacho Daddy staff was right on target as usual. I wasn’t feeling my very best so I was drinking mineral water (gasp) instead of cerveza or vino tinto. Hey! That’s okay once in awhile. I promise it won’t happen again. Couldn’t eat either but that didn’t stop the folks at my table and the tables around me. Gosh the food smelled delicious.

Back from the break, Astrid began again. We were going to blast all previous records for early dismissal. Whew! Faster than a speeding bullet. Well, Thelma and Louise, you know. Anyway, Alex Wassermann and Diva won Game 5. Then, Margaret Grimes won Game 6. Then, Karen Danielson and Alex Wassermann won Game 7. I was beginning to wonder if anyone else was playing. I should add that Gayle, Karen and Alex were all sitting at my table. Lucky table, kind of.

Time for the raffle drawings. Okay. Guess who won the 50/50 raffle. If you said Marsha Germaise, you would be correct! $1,950 was the jackpot. I’m not kidding! Three bingo games and a raffle. Talk about luck. The BIG Raffle prizes went to Roger Leclare (Casa Isabel), Vina Vandervelde (paintings) and Gerry White (Swim with the Dolphins package).

Game 8 was won by a total stranger, namely Johanna Westhaver.

Congratulations to all our winners tonight. Well, there weren’t that many now were there. Anyway, 91 generous people played, had a bunch of fun and raised a whopping $11,050 for the food bank. How great is that! Thank you all for coming out and we hope to see you on Tuesday, February 21 at Nacho Daddy. Come early so you can get a good seat.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention as many of our sponsors and volunteers as possible. Tim and Lina of PVRPV, Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences, Charlotte and Carole of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates, and Robert, Bryan and Tammy helping wherever needed.

Don’t forget, folks. Bring food items to the next event and collect your free bingo card. Bring someone we’ve never seen before, collect a free bingo card. See how that works?

Until then, this is me, signing off.

SPONSORS

Alexander A Salon JB Dancing Club
Angelas Joe Jack’s Fish Shack
Apaches Bistro Las Palmas
Apaches Martini Bar Las Palomas
Archies Wok La Kuh
Artepil Spa Lola Covarrubias
Bella Napoli Los Alcatraces
Bellisima SPA Los Bambinos
Bills Sport Bar Los Veranos Canopy Tour
Bubba Gump Mail Boxes Etc.
Bagu Spa Malecon Art
Café DesArtistes Mimis Pancake House
Canopy River Nacho Daddy
Canto del Mar Natural Essence
Carpaccio New beginnigs
Cassandra Shaw No Way Jose Restaurant
Centro University Ocho Tostadas
Cheeky Monkey Old Time Photo Studio
Coffee Cup Ontli Spa
Cooling Ties by Bill Kelly Outback
Cristelex Page in the Sun
Curvas Peligrosas Pam Thompson
Daiquiri Dicks Pegaso Tours
Deja New Consignment Provecho
Dental Estetic PVRPV
Diamonds International PV Sleep Well
Dr. Natalie Vargas River Café
El Andariego Sabrina Bar & Grill
Esther Sanchez Socorro Macias
Fishing with Carolina Starbucks
Flaveur City The Coffee Cup
Franc Gol The Dog House
Frida Un Bar The Palm Cabaret
Gabys Tropical Adventures
Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping Unnique ATV Tours
Gold’s Gym Vallarta Adventures
Hacienda Doña Engracia Vallarta Shorex
Hearthcare Resources Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates
Hotel Tropicana Yupi Lizazola

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BINGO #2 FOR CANICA – CHILDREN WITH CANCER

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Written by Judith St. Gaudens author of Lilacs For Carrie

GALA NIGHT for Charity Bingo! When I arrived at Nacho Daddy, had I not had a reserved table, I’d have been playing bingo on the street! I’m not kidding! It was almost standing room only.

 

The final attendance for the evening was 150 generous, children-loving people playing bingo for Canica—Centro de Apoyo a Ninos con Cancer A.C. or Children with Cancer. What an amazing crowd. Wish list items piled up near the stage. Several children comfortably ensconced at a table near the front, avidly waited for the games to begin.

The usual pre-game activities ensued — Tim on cards, Lori on beads (I feared we might run low on beads), Robin BIG raffling, Carole 50/50 raffling, Lina handling the camera duties (Tim gave Oscar the night off) and Charlotte and Tammy running around doing everything else necessary to get us started. The Nacho Daddy staff was spot on. Food and beverages ordered and delivered with their usual precision.

A special treat for the evening was our guest callers — the always lovely, Pamela Thompson! and, wearing an interesting sxxtkickin’ boot — the marvelous Gary Green! Gary started us off with a BIG BINGO RAH, RAH! That’s not been done before. Then, Pam let us know that there would be no joking around. Just bingo calling. She wanted to be finished with the event by 8:30. Then, it was off to the races … and I mean RACES!

The first winner of the evening was none other than Ross Shaping. Way to go, Ross. Then, Joann Cain shouted “BINGO”, winning Game 2. Wheee! Denise Deramee took Game 3 and Connie Kogut wiped us all out, winning Game 4. Dyn-o-mite! Our beautiful children helped to deliver the heavily laden prize bags to the winners.

Suddenly, it was halftime! The children passed out marbles to all the participants — so we will remember them in the future. I’ll keep mine close to my heart, as are these children and all children with cancer — in my heart and in my prayers. I hope I’m not the only one. The children attending this evening’s festivities introduced themselves to the crowd. I believe the youngest was three. I sort of had to keep doodling so I wouldn’t cry. It was an emotional evening at times. It’s interesting to note that the types of cancers that affect children have a very high cure probability at around 70%. Canica arranges transportation to treatment facilities in Guadalajara for the children. The charity provides other important services as well. By participating in the games this month, we are contributing to the health and welfare of these deserving children.

Raffle ticket sales were brisk during halftime, too. Not only that, I spotted author Karen Blomain at a back table. Karen’s novels, “A Trick of Light” and “Season of Lost Children” are must-reads. I highly recommend them. Thank you for playing, Karen. Hmmmm. Oh, yes. The inimitable Bill Kelly also joined us. I’m certain there were other dignitaries and celebrities in the mob. I just couldn’t see them for all the people.

Additional food and beverages delivered yet again, Pam had us off to the races once more. Bev Shaw snagged Game 5. Nice one, Bev. Kurt Lauer and Debbie Burke bagged Game 6. Whooo, hoooo! Bruce Abrahamson won Game 7. Well done, Bruce.

I think it was at this point in the evening where the raffle tickets were pulled and the winners announced. The largest 50/50 raffle pot in Charity Bingo history – $3,100! – was won by Donna Bellwood. Donna told us the story about her son, a child cancer survivor, who will turn 36 years old this month. She generously donated her winnings back to the cause making the total take for the evening — wait for it — a whopping $25,250! Can you believe it? Well, believe it. The BIG Raffle was won by Llora Weismillek. The fabulous prize was a trip to Guadalajara, including transportation and two nights lodging provided by Superior Tours.

A very special shout-out to Pamela Thompson of HealthCare Resources for her efforts to drive folks to Bingo Night. And, I’m not talking by car, either. Emails, postings on Facebook, Twitter, more emails, more postings. The woman is tireless and I believe her endeavors definitely paid off tonight. Wonderful job, Pam. I don’t know where you find the energy but I know the children are grateful as is the rest of the community

We finished up the night with the always-challenging Blackout Bingo. I love this one. It was won by Richard Law and Donna Bellwood! Yippeee!

Congratulations to all our winners! Kudos to the 150 people who made the event a huge success for the children. Thanks as usual to our energetic sponsors – Tim and Lina of PVRPV, Charlotte and Carole of Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates and Lori of Rio Amapas-Private Luxury Residences. Without your hard work, Charity Bingo would not happen. And, what a wonderful list of contributors again for this event. Those prize bags are loaded! Many thanks to all.

By the way, the Bingo event was a done deal by 8:20! A Bingo Marathon! Whew!

Okay, kids. Let’s not forget that we play Bingo once more for this very worthy cause on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30. Can anyone remember where? Oh, yes. Nacho Daddy! Until then, this is me, signing off.

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Cassandra Shaw Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates
Fishing with Carolina Nacho Daddy
Deja New Consignment El Andariego
Joe Jack’s Fish Shack Apaches Bistro
Bubba Gump The Coffee Cup
JB Dancing Club No Way Jose Restaurant
Hotel Tropicana Cristelex
Curvas Peligrosas Gold’s Gym
The Dog House Los Veranos Canopy Tour
Café DesArtistes Page in the Sun
Canto del Mar Bellisima SPA
Daiquiri Dicks Frida Un Bar
PVRPV Natural Essence
The Palm Cabaret Cooling Ties by Bill Kelly
Socorro Macias Apaches Martini Bar
Flaveur City Sabrina Bar & Grill
Pegaso Tours Bella Napoli
Canopy River Franc Gol
Los Bambinos Los Alcatraces
La Kuh
Old Time Photo Studio
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