Fido's Courtyard was rocking with music and spirit last Sunday evening as they hosted their first annual fundraiser to benefit the "niños" of San Pedro. The Niños Christmas Party organizer's Darrell Cloud and Minter "Butch" Butcher of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints appealed to the community for support and they received it.
A large gathering was entertained by the likes of Celeste, Dale, Albert Gill, Terry Huff, the Niños de la Punta band and Tim Budd & the Surf Butchers, all talented musicians who donated their performances for the cause. Fido's entire staff gave up their wages for the evening in a token of generosity. Several private donations were also received from the crowd. Some of the "spirit" on hand was provided at the bar by local beer and liquor distributors. Proceeds totaling $3,128.00 contributed to the cause.
More money was raised from an auction/raffle with prizes donated from various businesses around the town. Awards included dinners, jewelry, art, music, services and a dive trip for two to the Blue Hole. One of the highlights was an offering of a date, with the man himself, "Shaggy" (one of Fido's staff) which was won by a "male" tourist who generously re-donated his prize! The fun continued with the auction of a conch shell provided by our very own "Pisano" which brought a whopping $60. It was announced that overall the event generated a sum just shy of $5000.00. Money raised will be used to provide the presents for the Niños Christmas Party held at the old football field on Friday, December 18th, 1998.
Sponsors for the prizes and auction items for the evening, in no particular order were: Amber Jewelry, Tim Budd, Judy Judy, Eva's Gift Shop, Harmouch Hardware, Graniel's Cabinet Shop, Belizean Arts, Belize Global, Iguana Jack, SunBreeze Hotel, Fido's Restaurant, Mata Chica, Victoria House, Anton's Snack Attack, Ambergris Delight, Amy Brown, Rendezvous Restaurant, Aquarius Styling Salon, Palapa Beach Bar, Little Italy, Gecko Graphics, Leslie Lisbey, Cuellos Distillery, L & R Liquor, Sunsations, Belikin Distributors, Concession and Bar Supply, Milo's Ice Factory, and Aqua Dives.
The staff and management of Fido's would like to thank all sponsors, musicians, and participants for their kind generosity. They look forward to hosting an even bigger and better fundraiser next year!
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