10th International Altruism Festival
Get ready for a day of food, fun and altruism. American Consular Agent Kelly Trainor and Casa Magna Marriot Resort invite you to the 10th Annual International Altruism Festival this Sunday, May 4th starting at 6 pm. Join 20 non-profit organizations, and over 30 restaurants and businesses for this wonderful evening that is the perfect amalgam of good will and entertainment. The sponsors’ generosity ensures 100% of the proceeds go directly to the organizations. You will also have the opportunity to find out more about each of the beneficiary associations and donate directly to the cause that you are passionate about.
Altruism is an interesting word. At its core is the concept of giving without expecting anything in return. However, in practice, this apparent sacrifice often ends up benefiting everyone involved. Almost any volunteer will tell you the benefits they reap, the smiles, the learning experience, the satisfaction to be had in helping others, and even the heartache that one can feel when being confronted with harsher realities of our world. Kelly Trainor joined us at “El Foco” radio show this past Monday (join us every Monday at 4pm on 91.9 FM) and she encouraged everyone to come to the festival. In addition to your ticket contribution you can donate directly to the selected organizations. However we encourage you to donate your time as well. Kelly had a wonderful suggestion of the type of volunteerism that we don’t often think about. A hairdresser might offer his or her services free of charge for an old folk’s home or an orphanage. Your skills are needed somewhere!
So much of the region we call home is picture-perfect that it can be easy to forget there are still significant challenges facing our neighbors and ways in which our community could do better. From old-folks homes, food banks, and conservation efforts, to scholarship programs, special needs support and rehabilitation centers, animal shelters and trash-clean up initiatives. Tons of people, your friends and neighbors, the waiter at your favorite restaurant, or the young lady checking you out at the grocery store and you yourself might both benefit from and benefit these organizations. So many people volunteer their time and effort to contribute to our community, to ensure we build the social capital needed to face needs head on and to improve quality of life for all Pata Saladas. So come support your community in this fun and easy way. Find out about new organizations and have some delicious food. You will also be delighted by music, fireworks and dancing.
Tickets can be purchased in advance foe $350 pesos from any of the participating organizations (see the list here: http://goo.gl/DNqXza) or at the Marriot Resort’s concierge, or for $450 pesos at the door. Tickets include food, drink, entertainment and information about community outreach.