Sailfest brings in 2,082,041 pesos so far!

I am very proud and a bit shocked to report that Sailfest with only one event earning money, raised $ 2,082,041. pesos and we still have pledges coming in. From absentee volunteers to local Golf Groups! Our 20th anniversary was celebrated but not how we planned. Margaret pictoralized our history and it is still displayed at the pier.

The Sail Parade was small but other visiting boats pitched in to make a nice showing with 10 boats. Margaret outdid herself again with the following video!

The Online Auction raised 142,280. pesos, As well as the usual supporters the highlight was donations of hand-made goods from people who had received food hampers who wanted to do something to give back. People really did donate from the heart, both the donors and the bidders! Janet being the whiz she is with computers figured it all out!

AND THE WINNER OF THE FIRST SAILFEST SCAVENGER HUNT IS Stacey and Andy, a semi-retired couple from California who now live mostly in Morelia, and also spend from 2 to 6 months in Zihuatanejo. They found all 25 posters and were very creative. Runners up were Charlene and Kirk, on SV Freedom Kirkland, Thanks, Margaret for putting it all together.

Lorenzo bequeathed 656,091 pesos to Por Los Ninos to continue the work we do. We felt as he owned more than 1000 books we had to build a Memorial library at his favorite school, Collegio Bachilleres High School in Zihua. We literally raised the roof which created room for the library, a music room, and one spare. Nelson Cote is collecting instruments for the school band.

My favorite cement worker Pedro Zamora created the cenotaph for Lorenzo’s ashes, this is what he did! Arte Max is painting it.

The Marathon is still going on, but the pledges look good there too. We will continue to keep feeding the people. Last week alone the community kitchen fed 1612 portions.
Cindy Dainard was so successful with the Marathon in October she re-created another Run/Walk event so that those of you who can’t join us will continue to have an option to support Por Los Niños during Sailfest. Participants will have until April 1st to find their donors and complete their distances. Helen Walsh has already raised over $2000. in pledges for her participation.

If you are interested in donating, you can choose to support one of the runner/walkers by donating to their personal campaign or you can simply go to this link to make a general donation. or

If you’re interested in participating you can register at this link.

Our Year-End totals are in for 20202 and last year we brought in 8,461,418 pesos and we spent 8,143,771. The majority of the funds were for the Rice and Beans Program but we still managed to support our English scholarship students, Music in my Zihua (Juanitos free guitar lessons in the colonias for more than 300 students), 4 new classrooms, a kitchen, kitchen equipment and 3 roofs over basketball courts in partnership with the City and Bellevue Rotary Club.

Saludos from a cool but sunny Zihuatenejo, we know we won’t get any sympathy but it is only 25 F degrees today.

17 February 2020