News from Around Banderas Bay
|Seventh Annual Make-A-Wish Golf Tournament a Huge Success|
David Lyons - PVNN
February 03, 2010
By any standard, the Make A Wish 7th Annual Golf Tournament held January 30th was a most successful event.
|The Make A Wish 7th Annual Golf Tournament held January 30th was a most successful event.|
First, thanks go to all the sponsors whose participation was essential; to name a few: the title sponsors Toyota of Puerto Vallarta, Flamingo's Golf Course and Amerimed; and additional sponsors such as AXA Seguros, Sierra del Mar Los Arcos, Dante Restaurant, Villa del Palmar, Trio Restaurant, Peter Piper Pizza, Nissan, Good Year, Luxury Beach Real Estate, Nacho Daddy Restaurant, Coldwell Banker La Costa Realty and too many others to mention here.
Next, thanks to all the golfers. The event was completely subscribed with a total of 72 golfers joining in the competition.
Thanks to the team at Flamingo's Golf Course. The course is one of the most beautiful in all of Banderas Bay and was in immaculate condition. Coordination of such a large event is always a challenge, but it was effectively managed by Flamingo's staff and everything ran smoothly.
Thanks to the Make-A-Wish team who worked tirelessly throughout a very long day. A special nod goes to Rick Bates who organized the event. Felicitaciones for a job well done, Rick.
I should add special thanks for the beautiful weather the day of the event. It could not have been more perfect for a golf outing; blue skies, light breezes, pleasant temperature. It was the kind of day that makes some of us choose to live here, and others choose to return again and again.
The awards dinner was held at Cherry Seven, a newcomer to the Vallarta restaurant scene located at Ave. Uruguay on the beach, a block from Ley's. The founder of Make-A-Wish Mexico, Bob Mandel and his lovely wife Barbara, greeted all those attending and oversaw the awarding of an extensive list of prizes, including a stereo, a night's stay in the deluxe penthouse at Sierra del Mar Los Arcos, automotive brake service from Goodyear, dinner certificates from various restaurants, and activities like swimming with the dolphins. The top prizes of new cars offered by Toyota and Nissan, as well as one year of free dinners at Trio went unclaimed, as no golfer made a hole in one. Maybe next year.
We will be looking forward to next year's tournament. This event has become a mainstay of Vallarta's high season calendar of charity events. We must not forget its underlying purpose. This and other events sponsored and organized by Mexico's Make-A-Wish Foundation help make wishes come true for children suffering terminal illnesses-because some dreams cannot wait for someday.
If you'd like to know more about the organization, its mission, how you can help with contributions, or by 'adopting a wish,' please call (322) 222-9111.
Make-a-Wish is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Donations are used to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, and are tax deductible in the USA and Mexico. If you would like to volunteer, make a donation, refer an eligible child or adopt a wish, please call (322) 222-9112 or 01 800 DESEOS 1 (337-3671) or visit MakeAWishMexico.org.mx
A long-time resident of Puerto Vallarta, R.D. (David) Lyons is an accomplished author who has published 3 novels and contributes educational and entertaining articles to several local publications. When not writing, he can be found singing jazz standards to his own guitar accompaniment at several of the town's most popular venues.
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