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Puerto Vallarta News NetworkNews from Around Banderas Bay | December 2007 

Over $2500 Pesos Donated to R.I.S.E. through Xocodiva's Holiday Fundraiser
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Contest winner Charlotte Berman (L) and Xocodiva owner Charlotte Semple made a surprise visit during the shelter's Christmas party to deliver the edible Christmas tree and much-needed donations.
Puerto Vallarta - Between December 10th and 23rd, over 100 shoppers donated more than $2500 Pesos at Xocodiva in support of the local children's shelter for their chance to win a beautiful edible Christmas tree.

Charlotte Berman of Vancouver, Canada was the lucky winner of the tree, and was thrilled to donate it to the kids at R.I.S.E.

So on Christmas Eve, the winner, Charlotte Berman, along with Charlotte Semple of Xocodiva, made a surprise visit during the shelter's Christmas party to deliver the edible Christmas tree and much-needed donations.

The Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (R.I.S.E.) is a non-profit organization that is currently caring for 53 youngsters under the age of 15 who have been turned over by DIF, a Mexican government social services organization that protects the rights of children.

R.I.S.E. opened its doors in March 2001. Some of these beautiful children come from unbearable situations having been abused, neglected, or simply abandoned. Some have been transferred from other facilities because of overcrowding, and many have been in institutions for most of their young lives. Xocodiva thanks the community for their support and their generosity in support of this worthy organization.

Xocodiva can be found next to the San Marino Hotel in the Romantic Zone at Rodolfo Gomez 111. They are open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. They can also be reached by calling (322) 113-0352.
Born in Seattle, WA, Patrick Harrison has been living in PV for more than 3 years. Drawing on his experience in entertainment, radio, retail and sports marketing in major US cities, Patrick opened his own business here in Vallarta, P. Gringo Marketing & PR, a successful Public Relations Firm that targets the English-speaking tourist and local communities. You can contact Patrick at patrickinpv(at)

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