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A Dazzling Night at the Checo Carrillo Concert Benefitting PEACE at Rivera Cuale
email this pageprint this pageemail usGretchen DeWitt -
November 26, 2010

Approximately $45,000 pesos were raised for local non-profit PEACE at the Checo Carrillo benefit concert held at Rivera Cuale on November 21st.
Puerto Vallarta - There was a full moon and a sparkling array of stars on November 21st, but Checo Carrillo was the brightest star of all on Sunday night.

One hundred guests gathered for drinks at six-thirty at the beautiful Rivera Cuale condominium complex situated on the banks of the Rio Cuale and nestled against the jungled foothills. The outdoor stage was lined with torches, which lit not only the rented stage, but the tall palms bordering the property.

(photos by Josef Kandoll)
At eight o’clock, after the lively Latin music of keyboard player Rafael Alonso and his accompanist, singer Martha Rochin, Checo took the stage. His voice is rich and full bodied, full of passion and tenderness. Checo sang mostly Mexican ballads, but also included some wonderful rancheros and a few love songs in English. The mostly English-speaking and very thrilled audience gave him a standing ovation.

Checo has just recorded his first CD, Soy el Peor, which is the title of a beautiful Mexican ballad that he sings beautifully. The CDs were ready the day before the concert, and brought by Checo from Guadalajara to be sold at the event.

CDs will be available every Tuesday morning before the PEACE Classic Vallarta Home Tours at Superior Tours Travel in Plaza Romy. Cost of CD is $120 pesos, $20 pesos of which Checo is donating to PEACE for its programs in Vallarta. Contact: checocarrillo(at)

PEACE would like to thank Rivera Cuale, an award-winning, community and ecologically sensitive development for hosting this successful event. In addition, Rivera Cuale arranged and paid for rental of the stage and chairs as well as providing refreshments.

PEACE would also like to thank the following for their contributions to the small silent auction: Davanna Yoga; Hacienda Jalisco; Hotel Lagunita; Vallarta Adventures; Mexico Boutique Hotels; and Natalie Jarnstedt.

After expenses of musicians and printing of posters and tickets, PEACE will net approximately $45,000 pesos. This money will be applied evenly between children’s and women’s programs in Puerto Vallarta and the free spay neuter clinics in Puerto Vallarta.

PEACE: Protection, Education, Animals, Culture and Environment, is a nonprofit organization established in 2005, made of four main programs which focus on education, entrepreneurship, animal well-being, and community engagement in the coastal regions of Nayarit, Jalisco and Quintana Roo, Mexico. Through innovative and community based programs, PEACE is working to improve the quality of life in local communities throughout the Bahía de Banderas. For more information, please visit or click HERE to read more about PEACE
Old town charm, new town luxury... plus, the most convenient, accessible in-town location in Puerto Vallarta. That's Rivera Cuale - an award-winning, environmentally-sensitive riverfront community of full-time residential condominiums; secluded and quiet, yet minutes from downtown.

Click HERE to learn more about Rivera Cuale Puerto Vallarta.

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