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  1. You won't want to miss out on bidding for the amazing silent and live auction items!!!
  2. Be sure to get your tickets soon for Boquete's big charity event!
  3. We hope to see you at Casino Night on January 13th at the Amigos de Animales Event Center!!
  4. In 2018 resolve to be a BVB supporter! Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Newsletter December 2017 It’s Almost Here! Casino Night Sponsored by Boquete Has Heart The excitement is building! We are less than a month away from a fun evening sponsored by Boquete Has Heart. Casino Night featuring casino games and auctions will be held at the Amigos de Animales Event Center in Alto Boquete 5-8 pm on Saturday January 13th. Besides $500 in “funny money,” attendees will receive appetizers, one complimentary drink and an opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items. Exotic getaways, delicious restaurant fare, valuable gift baskets and services are being auctioned off to benefit Buenos Vecinos de Boquete and Amigos de Animales. Additional and exciting donations are still coming in; there’ll be something for everyone! One of the most desirable donations is a two-night bed and breakfast stay for two at Hotel Bocas del Mar in Boca Chica. The stay includes a full breakfast and a sumptuous dinner package for both days. The total package is valued at $520. Hotel Bocas del Mar was voted 2017 Top Small Hotel in Panama and has won the prestigious Trip Advisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award. This boutique hotel features luxurious bungalows with floor to ceiling windows and private terraces that look out into manicured tropical gardens and the islands of the Gulf of Chiriqui Marine National Park. Enjoy a dip in one of the hotel’s two infinity pools, or a marine discovery adventure from their dock in their excursion boat. These are just a few of the fun activities available. See more at www.bocasdelmar.com Buy your $10 tickets for Casino Night at BCP Tuesday Market, Mailboxes, Etc. or shestrunk@gmail.com. Penny Gives BVB a Much-Needed Boost A long-time friend and supporter of BVB, Penny Barrett, came to our rescue last month when we shared with her our serious financial circumstances. Simply put, for many months our donations have not been keeping up with our food expenses. Besides her regular personal support of BVB, Penny used her community blog, News Boquete, to advise the community of our plight. In response to that announcement, we received from far and near enough donations to help us buy food for all of our clients for one and a half months. Thanks, Penny!! Farewell to a Key BVB Member We have seen some cherished members of our organization leave to make their homes elsewhere in the world. Today we say a bittersweet goodbye to another dear friend and a prime mover in our BVB organization, Gail Cody. As co-chairman of BVB she has been a pivotal person , providing administrative leadership, organizing and executing fund-raising activities and our all-important monthly food packs and deliveries to our clients. She has worn other hats in the Boquete community as well. Boquete Hospice and Health, Fundacion Pro Integracion (The Handicap Foundation), Bid4Boquete, Boquete Jazz and Blues Festival, and a large number of friends and neighbors have been recipients of her wise and energetic assistance. Gail lost her beloved husband and soul-mate Denis when his heart failed a year and a half ago. They were a great and generous team giving their time and talents to anyone who asked. Maintaining their large home high above El Banco by herself has been a heavy and lonely burden. So now she closes this chapter on her life in Panama and opens a new one as she reunites with her dad, son, granddaughter, sister and niece near Daytona Beach FL. We send with her our profound gratitude, love, prayers and good wishes for a new life, full of fun and purpose. Adios, Gail Family of the Month- Thanks to the Bag Ladies and to Tom McCormack It’s hard to imagine the living conditions of many of our BVB clients until you’ve seen it yourself. They live in constructs of zinc, tarps, bamboo and scrap wood, with dirt floors and neither indoor running water nor electricity. The kitchen is generally a lean-to with an open fire and a large pot for cooking beans and rice. Often six to eight people are sharing a small room without windows. It is life at its most basic, so little things mean a lot. Just a few weeks ago, BVB received a valuable shipment from a dedicated group of handicrafters in the US called the Bag Ladies. They turn ordinary grocery bags into three by five waterproof sleeping mats/blankets. These mats create a barrier between a cold dirt floor and a sleeping or sitting child or adult. They can even be used like a thermal blanket to hold heat in for those chilly nights during rainy season. Our clients were so happy to see these and to know these mats would provide some comfort to their families! We also want to say a special thank you to local Tom McCormack, the tireless benefactor who oversees the shipment of containers from the US to David. These containers are filled with prosthetic devices and hospital equipment and supplies for people in the Chiriqui Province and, this month, these plastic mats for our BVB families! Thank you Bag Ladies and Tom for your generous gifts! You’ve made it a merrier Christmas for our BVB families. Our Sincere Appreciation to our Coconut Foundation Members "Thank You" is not enough to express our gratitude to all of you! Without you, BVB could not exist. Our members in 2017 include the following. COCONUT FOUNDATION MEMBERS Olga Alexander Fundacion Dos Mariposas Azules Tamera Balkenhol Penny Barrett Peter and Janice Barry Paquita Bath Boquete Bridge Club Luis and Carmen Botero Robert Brauns Alison and Bill Brundage George and Vickie Castillo Brian and Trish Christofferson Laurie and Kelly Collier Denis and Muriel Couroux Anne and Joe Costanzo Megan Dameron Laura and Lamar Daniel Jennifer Daniels Ed and Sue Davis Sylvette Day Dennis DeCorte Mary Dreblow Elena de Saint Malo de Virzi Bruce and Patrice Ebel John and Judy Ginnity Harry and Nancy Halbert Jan Herzog Karen Hill Julie Hilliard Sara and Steve Hudson Lindsay and Mary Hunter Lynne Johnson Jim Kavney Stephen Kingshott Tommy and Sharon Kline Tina La Porte Donald Lash in memory of Denis Cody Hans Lebuser and Barbara Lapid Jere McCormick Bernie Moscovitz & Clare Taylor N&N Catering Patricia O'Connell Susan Peterson Richard and Leah Polack Consuela Reeder Penny Ripple Dave and Erin Ross Cliff Silverstein Tom and Beverly Stearns Simone Stephens Germaine and Richard Sturtz Glenn Warnes and Carol Slater Robert and Dale Sylva Sheila Tatum Dottie and Larry Thompson Mike and Molly Traynor Mary Ellen Watts In Memory of Stephen Plowden-Wardlaw In Memory of Vernetta Worthington If you would like to help our clients and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete's wholesale purchase power enables us to furnish our clients more food than they could purchase on their own in the store with the same amount of money. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/how-you-can-help We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Thank you! Like and Share our BVB Face Book Page Learn more and see additional photos at our Face Book page Buenos Vecinos de Boquete. Please Like our page and Share the contents with your friends and families. To learn more about Buenos Vecinos visit our website at www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com Copyright © 2017 Buenos Vecinos, All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: Panama, yyyy Potrerillos, PA Unsubscribe | View in browser
  5. We have an exciting selection of live and silent auction items for you to bid on at our Casino Night Event January 13th at the Amigos de Animales Event Center from 5-8 pm. We hope to see you there!
  6. You don't have to gamble to have fun!
  7. You won't want to miss an opportunity to bid on these items!
  8. The Boquete community is a generous and supportive group of people. A little over a week ago Penny Barrett sent out a request to the Boquete community asking for financial help for Buenos Vecinos de Boquete. The response to her SOS has been amazing! We have added 11 new Coconut Foundation members to our list in the last few days. A Coconut Foundation sponsor is someone who donates $360 to feed a family for a year. You can find the list of these generous sponsors on our website: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/how-you-can-help We have also received smaller but equally important donations. No donation is too small and all are appreciated. As Penny said in her SOS all of the money we receive is spent buying non-perishable food items for our 120 clients every month. Half of our clients are also clients of FPI, Fundacion Pro-Integracion, also known as the Handicap Foundation. We are truly grateful for the donations which we have received in the last week and for the faithful donations that are given to us throughout the year. We would like to give a huge thank you to Penny Barrett for sending out the request for help and to the Boquete community for their generous response! Gratefully yours, The Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Team
  9. You don't want to miss this exciting event!
  10. You won't want to miss this fun event that benefits two major charities!
  11. Family of the month - October 2017 Meet Julia's Family Julia knows how to live with adversity. As a child she suffered burns that are visible even today. It prepared her for what was to come when she became a mom to Misael. Little four-year old Misael was born with cerebral palsy and other health issues that have stunted his growth. But Julia and his stepdad Luterio meet the challenges that come with with round-the-clock care for a CP child. They also provide love and support for their other two children, two-year old Nina and six-month old Carlos.The family lives in a rented room for a dollar a day and their sole income is from the work that Luterio can find at nearby farms. The work opportunities are, unfortunately, inconsistent so the family is grateful for the food assistance they receive from Buenos Vecinos each month. And they look to the Handicap Foundation (FPI) for help with some of their medical expenses, with physical therapy and social/emotional support. Together BVB and FPI address the critical needs of those who most require our help. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete depends on your support to feed and nourish families like Julia’s. If you would like to help families like this and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, your financial support would be most appreciated. DONATE ONLINE: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/how-you-can-help We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. IF YOU PREFER TO DONATE BY CASH, Please contact Louise Orr (panamaleo@gmail.com) for arrangements. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), your name will be added to our “Coconut Foundation” as an acknowledgement of your concern and generosity. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete’s wholesale purchase power enables us to furnish our clients more food than they could purchase on their own in the store with the same amount of money. Thank you!
  12. In 2017 resolve to be a BVB supporter! Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete Newsletter October 2017 “Boquete Has Heart” An Upcoming Charity Event On Saturday, January 13th, 5-8 pm Buenos Vecinos de Boquete and Amigos de Animales Boquete will sponsor an event at the Animales Event Center in Alto Boquete. Admission tickets of $10, including a complimentary drink, will go on sale next month. This fun-filled event will feature hors d'oevres, a cash bar, and casino games. There will be raffles, silent auction tables, and the evening will culminate in a live auction featuring items valued at $500 or more. One of these live auction items is a seven-night seven-day stay for two at Villa Kokolishi, located in the Kralendijk district of Bonaire. The small island of Bonaire located in the Dutch Caribbean is well-known by diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. Villa Kokolishi is a modern and well-appointed apartment situated poolside and a short walk from the beach, dive shops and restaurants. It includes ground transportation to and from the Bonaire airport. This amazing vacation destination valued at $952 has been donated by Gijs and Hanny Hoogerkamp of Potrerillos Arriba. See more information at www.bonairediveapartments.com Art Object Raffle Tickets Available at the BVB Table on Tuesday Morning Markets Buenos Vecnos de Boquete is selling raffle tickets for two beautiful pieces of art. We are selling raffle tickets for a gorgeous decorative jewel bowl designed and made by Germaine Sturtz. Also being raffled separately is one of Sylvette Day's coveted wall hangings. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete has a table at the Tuesday Market where you can purchase the raffle tickets. The tickets are priced at 1 for $1 or 6 for $5. The drawing will be held on October 31st at the Tuesday Market. You don't need to be present to win. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be used to purchase no n-perishable food for over 100 deserving Buenos Vecinos clients. Come on down and buy your tickets!! We Appreciate..... Romero's Super Mercado in Boquete for allowing us to once again collect food and cash donations during our most recent food drive. We also thank the generous shoppers who gave BVB enough in combined donations to support two families for a whole year. And also..... The Amigos de Boquete Foundation and founder/administrator Phillip McGuigan for the recent delivery of 400 boxes of MannaPack, a vitamin and mineral enriched rice and soy product. And to the intrepid band of helpers who unloaded the thirty-pound boxes for transfer to our storage unit. This remarkable donations will provide monthly inclusions of MannaPack to all of our families for the next twelve to fourteen months. Family of the Month October 2017 Julia knows how to live with adversity. As a child she suffered burns that are visible even today. It prepared her for what was to come when she became a mom to Misael. Little four-year old Misael was born with cerebral palsy and other health issues that have stunted his growth. But Julia and his stepdad Luterio meet the challenges that come with with round-the-clock care for a CP child. They also provide love and support for their other two children, two-year old Nina and six-month old Carlos.The family lives in a rented room for a dollar a day and their sole income is from the work that Luterio can find at nearby farms. The work opportunities are, unfortunately, inconsistent so the family is grateful for the food assistance they receive from Buenos Vecinos each month. And they look to the Handicap Foundation (FPI) for help with some of their medical expenses, with physical therapy and social/emotional support. Together BVB and FPI address the critical needs of those who most require our help. If you would like to help families like this and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, we would appreciate your donation of any size. It is important for you to know that we are a small all-volunteer force with no administrative or overhead costs. Every dollar of your donation goes to the purchase or storage of food for our clients. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete's wholesale purchase power enables us to furnish our clients more food than they could purchase on their own in the store with the same amount of money. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), you will become a Coconut Foundation member as an acknowledgment of your concern and generosity. Donate Online: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/how-you-can-help We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. If you prefer to donate by cash or local check, please contact Louise Orr panamaleo@gmail.com for arrangements. Thank you! Like and Share our BVB Face Book Page Learn more and see additional photos at our Face Book page Buenos Vecinos de Boquete. Please Like our page and Share the contents with your friends and families. To learn more about Buenos Vecinos visit our website at www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com Copyright © 2017 Buenos Vecinos, All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: Panama, yyyy Potrerillos, PA Unsubscribe | View in browser
  13. Family of the month - September 2017 Meet Ariel and Ana's Family Ariel and Ana live with their five school-age children in a humble little house outside of Boquete. This last summer Ariel became very ill with a life-threatening intestinal blockage which required immediate surgery. After some serious complications, he is finally on the road to recovery. However, the doctors have advised him that it will be a long recovery, lasting perhaps six months. In the meantime, Ariel is unable to support his family. To lighten this desperate burden, Buenos Vecinos has stepped in with temporary emergency food assistance. Ariel and Ana are so grateful to receive this help when they need it most. The children are also happy to see food arriving at their door. These smiling faces tell the story! Buenos Vecinos de Boquete depends on your support to feed and nourish families like Eva’s. If you would like to help families like this and the efforts of Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, your financial support would be most appreciated. DONATE ONLINE: http://www.buenosvecinosdeboquete.com/how-you-can-help We use PayPal for easy and secure transactions. IF YOU PREFER TO DONATE BY CASH, Please contact Louise Orr (panamaleo@gmail.com) for arrangements. When you make that important decision to help feed the less fortunate in our community, you have truly become a “good neighbor”. When you donate $360 a year or $30 a month (about the cost of a daily latte), your name will be added to our “Coconut Foundation” as an acknowledgement of your concern and generosity. Buenos Vecinos de Boquete’s wholesale purchase power enables us to furnish our clients more food than they could purchase on their own in the store with the same amount of money. Thank you!
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