La Peñita de Jaltemba, Mexico - Every winter the Women to Women (Mujeres á Mujeres) group puts on the Jaltemba Bay Fashion Show to raise funds for projects in the Jaltemba Bay area of Mexico. This area includes the communities of Guayabitos, La Peñita, La Colonia and Los Ayala, all in the state of Nayarit.
Originally the brainchild of a group of women golfers, the fashion show has grown into a major charity fundraiser; currently celebrating its 10th Anniversary! The fashion show's mission is to raise funds to help the women and children of the Jaltemba Bay area.
One of the causes supported over the years is the Cancer de Mama Clinic for breast cancer survivors. Other projects have included scholarships for local students to attend university and the building of a local kindergarten. Fashion show funds were also used to improve the local Senior's Center.
While dedicated to supporting all these causes, the fashion show itself is also an opportunity for local designers to showcase their talent and for volunteers to model their designs. Others get to enjoy this festive event in a variety of volunteer capacities.
This year’s fashion show’s theme is a luau, which includes a delicious meal, stunning original fashions created by Mexican designers, a silent auction and a 50/50 raffle, will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm at Thomas Bartlett’s ocean-side estate, Hacienda La Penita, located at 65 Cirquito Libertad in La Peñita de Jaltemba, Nayarit.
Admittance is $400 pesos per person and tickets must be purchased in advance. They are available each Thursday at the La Penita market, in front of Soley’s restaurant on the square; or $40 USD, which may be paid with your credit card online on the Women to Women website.
Mona Cavalli, executive committee member of Women to Women, sums it all up: "I love any situation that feels like a win-win. Our guests have a delightful afternoon in Mexico supporting a great cause, the women who volunteer and model have an opportunity to socialize while giving back to the community, and we all get to feel good about ourselves. Of course it’s a win-win for the designers as well."Don’t miss this girls’ day out event - admittance is only by advance ticket sale, first come, first served basis. For more information, visit mujeresamujeres.com or send an email to event co-chair Linda Gibbs at linda(at)casitadelapenita.ws.