Ladies and Poly Puppies raise funds for the PolyClinic
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
On Wednesday December 11th, organizers Tahisa Southwell, Amy Oldham, Tammy Peterson and Amy Knox hosted the second annual Ladies Holiday Charity Luncheon. The festive benefit luncheon was held at Wild Mangos Restaurant where the holiday spirit of generosity focused on raising funds for the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II. The guests were delighted to enjoy an afternoon of socializing over a scrumptious lunch and champagne cocktails, but the highlight of the gathering was the rag-doll Poly Puppies who stole the hearts (and a little cash) from many. Beautifully hand sewn by Southwell and Oldham, the adorable “puppies” are companion dolls to the Poly Dolly that the women’s group created and sold last year. The ‘puppies’ were adopted by countless new mommies, with some enthusiastic ladies purchasing several for holiday gifts. Theone-of-a-kindcuddly creatures were a bargain at $30, with all proceeds going to the PolyClinic.
Playing with ‘puppies’ was not the extent of fun for the young-at-heart women, as there were several raffle giveaways with gifts from the very generous business community of San Pedro, and a list of silent auction items was circulated from table to table where the ladies financially competed for coveted treats. Adding to the festive day was an ornament exchange which was a fun way to give and receive a new Christmas decoration. Members from the San Pedro Lions Club who were in attendance also took the opportunity to thank the group for their assistance. The San Pedro Lions Club founded the PolyClinic in March 2005.
According to Southwell, 61 out of the 71 Poly Puppies they made were sold at the luncheon, and the remaining ten were sold at Melody’s Art Gallery the following day. “We are so grateful, and not at all surprised, by the generosity of the people and businesses who donated raffle and auction items and the ladies who attended the event and made purchases and donations, said Southwell. “We live in a generous community, and I think people are aware of the great service the PolyClinic provides residents and visitors alike and the great need there. Purchasing medical supplies for the clinic pales in comparison to the hard work the doctors and nurses do there every day. We hope it does provide them some relief and that it is something we can continue for years to come.”
Proceeds raised from the December 2012 Poly Dolly sales afforded the group to donate IV poles, digital thermometers, portable pulse Oximeters, steri-strips, adult diapers, spine boards, vital sign monitors and more based on a list of needs from the clinic. The extensive list of needs remain, and the clinic staff will identify the ones with top priority. These will be the items that the proceeds will go towards purchasing in 2014.
With the Poly Puppy sales, silent auction, raffle ticket sales and $25 from each lunch meal purchased more than $5,200was raised. Southwell estimates their first shipment of supplies to the clinic will be in early February 2014. Raffle and silent auction prizes were graciously donated by Ambar Jewelry, JoSe’s Salon, Carole Goudreau, Sol Spa, Caribbean Villas, The Baker, Kakaw, Travelers Rum, Wild Mango’s, Casa Picasso, Victoria House, Fido’s, Blue Water Grill, Seaduced, SunBreeze Hotel, Sunbreeze Suites, Coco Beach and Conch Creative.