International Friendship Club

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

The International Friendship Club (IFC) is a volunteer organization committed to funding charitable causes.  Social activities are also available to the membership, many of whom also volunteer countless hours endeavoring to make our programs a success.

The IFC began in 1985 with a handful of people from the United States and Canada meeting socially.  This blossomed into the well known charitable organization that exists today.

Through financial contributions, as well as devoted and compassionate service, humanitarian aid in excess of ten million pesos has been provided to needy children and families living in this beautiful tropical city.

The IFC takes pride in its unique Cleft Palate Program.  It begins with providing fees for transporting doctors who donate their time to perform the surgeries.  It ends with seeing smiles on the children's faces and their parent's tears of joy at its completion.

Additionally, the IFC provides: free medication; disaster relief aid; educational assistance; monthly financial assistance; a dental hygiene program and food to families as well as gifts to other Charitable Institutions.

Our membership has a caring compassionate camaraderie and love for the less fortunate, in abundance.  In order to maintain the programs that we support, your assistance is requested.  Be so kind as to consider this an invitation to become a valued member of our organization.
 
The IFC is a registered charitable organization in Mexico listed as Club Internacional de la Amistad.

Where aid is provided:

Through donations, membership fees and fundraising, the IFC has successfully sponsored many projects.  Your donations, which include educational materials and medical supplies and equipment, make it possible for us to continue to do more.

Your volunteer time enhances projects as well as the lives of all concerned.  We welcome your participation, which is valued.

Your support, which this organization depends upon, is essential to our success.

What the International Friendship Club Does

The IFC provides: Community Aid Services, Medical assistance; Educational assistance; Food to families, as well as gifts to other Charitable Institutions.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Our mission is to bring a smile to life, to give hope and a better situation to a child or the entire family. We connect those who need, with those who have. Most of our donors do not wish to visit the families; they are content just to contribute.  We appreciate all who enable us to REACH OUT.

Other places our Community Aid Services provides help is to the patients of the Regional Hospital and the Juvenile Reform facility with supplies of soap and shampoo.  You can donate any unused products from your hotel to our office for redistribution to the needy.

Dental Hygiene Aid - Whether it is to the children in the cleft palate program, kids groups or to families in need, we provide dental hygiene education, booklets for toddlers on dental hygiene, also toothbrushes and toothpaste.

Monthly stipends are being granted to the following:

SANTA BARBARA REHABILITATION CLINIC - We provide financial assistance to this clinic for the physically disabled.

SALVATION ARMY - We provide funding for their “After School Program” where children are assisted with schoolwork, kept occupied with crafts and given a nutritious snack. They also rescue children from the street, and offer counseling for families vulnerable to substance/drug addiction and child abuse.

IFC RICE AND BEANS PROGRAM - Provide funding for a “Rice and Beans” program that distributes food to families whose children attend school on a regular basis.

R.I.S.E. – Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (Children's Shelter of Hope). We provide funds to help them with their needs for the handicapped and orphaned children in the community.

EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Through our volunteers, we have an ongoing school assistance program, which improves schools in challenged areas around Puerto Vallarta by building kitchens, screening windows and putting bars on windows for security.

Donated supplies and books in Spanish are also distributed to schools in need.

Large items such as desks, blackboards, and special education equipment are also provided when the budget allows.

SCHOOL SUPPLY AID - School begins at the height of the low tourist season when families are financially strapped the most.  Primary grades K through 5 are tuition free, but uniforms, shoes, backpacks and mandatory classroom supplies are not free.  Without these they cannot attend school, thus becoming street kids.  While not all children in need end this way, it is all too frequent for a child to be unable to attend regular classes.  They fall behind in their grade level making it easier for everyone to say “no need” to junior high or high school that is not mandatory or free!  Backpacks and colored pencils are the most needed.

Additionally, we support:

BECAS - The IFC provides this institution with additional funding for their Scholarship Program. Their objective is to assist deserving students with bursaries for their continuing education.

LOS MANGOS LIBRARY - We provide funds on a monthly basis to the library to help maintain staff and services that would otherwise be cut.

MEDICAL PROGRAMS

In addition to Cleft Palate surgeries, the IFC and our medical teams are involved in reconstructive surgery for birth defects like webbed fingers and toes, missing and disfigured noses and ears, etc. Recently, we took on the case of a 6 year old child with third degree burns of the mouth and chest.

Through our Patricino program, we help families with medical situations. Recently, we helped a man regain his eyesight after he was blinded by glaucoma. The man now can work and support this family.

International Friendship Club Cleft Palate Program
from the archives: IFC's Patricia Mendez talks to William Michael about the Club's cleft palate program in 2009.

Celia and Ron Walker of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, initiated this program in 1976 when the baby of a friend was born with a cleft palate.  Their need to help led them to a surgeon in Guadalajara who provided his expertise.

Soon there was another child in need.  Eventually, there were too many children to transport to Guadalajara.  Ron arranged for the surgeon to come to Puerto Vallarta.  He and other concerned members approached the IFC for sponsorship and funding.

Since 1987 the IFC has funded this worthwhile and rewarding program.  It remains committed to continuing this program in association with Dr. Ezequiel Fuentes and his surgical team from Guadalajara, for as long as the need exists.

Over forty children annually benefit from reconstructive surgery, which is followed up by orthodontia and speech therapy.  In some cases the whole process takes up to fifteen years to complete.  Dr. Fuentes’s Teams of Surgeons, who volunteer their skills, and your donations, are instrumental in creating new faces for the children.

The IFC covers all costs from beginning to end for both the Surgical Team and the families.  We genuinely appreciate the time, skill and generosity offered by Dr. Fuentes, the Surgical Team and the Regional Hospital without whom this much-needed program could not exist.

It is estimated that the IFC spends over a quarter million pesos on this program annually.  Your generosity makes it possible for us to serve many disfigured children.  Even though some of the “before” pictures are startling, the “after” pictures are heartwarming.  Knowing that you have contributed to bettering the lives, both physically and emotionally, of the children involved, will surely make you proud.

With your support this over twenty year old “Cleft Palate Program” will continue to provide services to the local population as long as the need exists.

In 2008, the International Friendship Club, for the first time applied and received some funding from the Smile Train foundation to help us cover a portion of our expenses.

The IFC Traditional Home Tours

With your continued support the IFC Traditional Home Tours has continued its mission and put a smile on many of our less fortunate members of the community for over two decades.
 
The proceeds from the tours fund a number of Puerto Vallarta charities, primarily our Cleft Palate Surgical Program and other in house Educational and Community Service Programs. It also provides assistance to Becas Vallarta, the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (R.I.S.E), the Los Mangos Biblioteca, Santa Barbara Clinic Rehab and the Salvation Army among others.

All the work is accomplished by volunteer club members dedicated to contributing to our long established goals of a giving a helping hand to the less fortunate children of Puerto Vallarta and its surrounding areas.

Visit the IFC website for more information.

How You Can Help the IFC

Click the button above to make a donation to the IFC General Fund PayPal account.

The IFC helps to meet the needs of folks in the Puerto Vallarta Community.

If you are coming by plane, train, boat or car, you can tuck some of the following wish list items into your luggage. They can be brought to the Clubhouse, or contact the office at  322 - 222 - 5466  to make arrangements. If you cannot bring a wish list item - please make a donation to our general fund, or the Medical, Community Support or Education fund.

The IFC is people working together for the community. We need:

BABY CLOTHES:
Newborn sizes
Receiving blankets
Diapers
 


Click the button above to make a donation to the IFC Medical Programs PayPal account.

MEDICAL
Beanie babies
Stuffed animals
Small dolls
Spanish videos on nutrition, healthcare, hygiene, dental care
TV/VCR or TV/DVD combo for teaching
 


Click the button above to make a donation to the IFC Community Support PayPal account.

COMMUNITY SERVICES
Books for children in Spanish - all ages
Child size walker
Children's underwear and white socks
Large collapsible strollers for kids with cerebral palsy
Dental supplies, toothbrushes, dental floss
Shoes and clothes for children ages 6 - 14 .
Stroller type wheelchairs for older children
Teaching videos in Spanish (nutrition, diabetes, general health, hygiene, etc)
Vitamins for children and adults
Watercolors, fine paint brushes, art supplies
Wheelchairs
 


Click the button above to make a donation to the IFC Education Programs PayPal account.

EDUCATION
Band-aids
Calculators
Children's Books-Spanish
Children's scissors
Colored pencils
Crayons
Erasers
Watercolors, fine paint brushes, art supplies

 

 

 

Last updated: August 21, 2017 · Charity ID: 107

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08Nov2017
5th Annual Taste of Nuevo Vallarta & 17th Annual Chili Cook-off

Vallarta Yacht Club

Last year, over 500 people attended to taste the wonderful sample dishes provided by the participating restaurants and also tasting fantastic chili made by professional and non-professional contributors.

01Nov2017
International Friendship Club Resumes Home Tours for 2017-2018 Season

International Friendship Club

Net proceeds from these very interesting and fun tours support the International Friendship Club's Cleft Palate Surgery Program and other charitable programs.

24Apr2017
Great Reasons to Become a Member of Puerto Vallarta's International Friendship Club

International Friendship Club

Members of IFC are proud of the club's long history and the beneficial effect that the club has had on the education, health and social services in the city.

27Feb2017
Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Live Shows and Concerts, Ceviche & Aguachile Market, Fundraisers, Art Walks, Cooking Classes, Charity Bingo, TED Talks, Mardi Gras Parade, Farmers Markets every day of the week, and so much more.

23Feb2017
Get Fit Where You Sit! Chair Yoga Classes for Charity

Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga offers you the ability to improve your health through adaptive exercise. You are supported by a chair so you can receive yoga’s healing and restorative benefits.

01Dec2016
16th Chili Cook-Off & 4th Taste Of Nuevo Vallarta

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

There are over 20 restaurants and individual groups already confirmed and the event is expected to surpass last year’s 29 participants. The objective is to donate 100% of the proceeds to the IFC Cleft Palate Program and the Navy League Toys for Tots charities.

03Oct2016
International Friendship Club Resumes Home Tours for 2016-2017 Season

International Friendship Club

Our Home Tours showcase four unique homes each week ranging from small, traditional style casas to multi-million dollar beachfront condos and villas.

18Sep2016
Why Some People Are More Altruistic Than Others

TED Talks

Why do some people do selfless things, helping other people even at risk to their own well-being? Psychology researcher Abigail Marsh studies the motivations of people who do extremely altruistic acts.

17Sep2016
Introducing a New Expat Guide to Living in Mexico

PRWeb

Expats In Mexico is a new online magazine dedicated to the specific needs of expats living in Mexico and aspiring expats who want to call Mexico their home.

10Mar2016
Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad Update on Global Presidential Primary

Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chapter

Mexico's official countrywide results will be communicated as soon as they are tallied and compiled. Preliminary results show Bernie Sanders with 54.7% of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 45.3%.

30Nov2015
Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Dinner Theater, Kitty Bingo, International Friendship Club Home Tours, Live Concerts, Fundraisers, Voice of Vallarta, Farmers Markets, Saturday Wake-Up Radio Show in English, and so much more.

23Nov2015
Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Dinner Theater, Charity and Adult Bingo, International Friendship Club Home Tours, Live Concerts, Thanksgiving Dinner Fundraiser, Voice of Vallarta, Farmers Markets, Saturday Wake-Up Radio Show in English, and so much more.

18Nov2015
Another Reason to Attend Children with Cancer Fundraiser on Thanksgiving

Asociacion Femenil

Luis Angel, a beautiful 9 year old boy, an honor student who loved sports is so lucky to have survived after beeing hospitalized for four months in Guadalajara.

16Nov2015
Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad 2015-2016 Wednesday Film Series

Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chapter

The Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad continue their weekly film series for the 2015-2016 season on Wednesday night from December 2 through April 6 at the International Friendship Club.

09Nov2015
International Friendship Club PV Announces New Season Activities

International Friendship Club

Members of the International Friendship Club (IFC) are pleased to announce that the new season has already started and that we have fun-filled times ahead. That’s good news for all of the people that we help in Puerto Vallarta.

30Oct2015
International Friendship Club Resumes Home Tours for 2015-2016 Season

International Friendship Club

Our Home Tours visit 4 unique homes each week with tour funds supporting the International Friendship Club's (IFC) Cleft Palate Surgery Program and other charitable programs.

26Sep2015
Tourist Interaction with Local Communities Spurs Giving, Survey Finds

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

More than half of American travelers said they did volunteer work or donated to a cause at a destination they visited within the last two years, according to Tourism Cares.

22Apr2015
What's Ahead for the Puerto Vallarta International Friendship Club?

International Friendship Club

Henry Golas, the new President of IFC, not only wants every one of the members to be satisfied with their membership but he is also committed to making the members more involved and better informed.

11Apr2015
Looking Back on the Past Two Years at IFC

International Friendship Club

Dan Grippo is stepping down as President of the International Friendship Club in Puerto Vallarta tomorrow. Here is his look back over the last couple of seasons while he has been President.

04Apr2015
Join the Fun at the IFC End of Season Brunch at Casa Fantasia

International Friendship Club

The International Friendship Club will host its end of season brunch fundraiser at the beautiful Casa Fantasia in Old Town Vallarta on Sunday, April 12 at 10:00 am.

29Mar2015
Better Teeth for Boca as IFC Presents Grant for Dental Clinic

International Friendship Club

Until now many people living in the small villages south of Puerto Vallarta (Boca de Tomatlan, Las Juntas, Los Veranos, Mismaloya, Quimixto, and Las Animas) have never had a dental examination or treatment.

23Mar2015
Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Chamber Orchestra, Culinary & Art Fest, IFC Home Tours, Magic of Dance, Driving Miss Daisy, Martial Arts, Nicklaus Golf Tournament, Farmers Markets almost every day, and so much more.

22Mar2015
Strategic Planning Session by Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chapter

Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chapter

After Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad Annual meeting on March 23, we welcome any and all interested in our political future to attend a strategic planning session to create priority actions and events for the next two years for our local chapter.

13Mar2015
Creative Aging by Norma Schuh and Dan Grippo at International Friendship Club

International Friendship Club

Join us on March 19 in discussing that every moment of life really is an incredible gift that brings with it special blessings and unique challenges. The aging experience can be a time of celebration - of thriving, not just surviving.

10Mar2015
Last Three Weeks for IFC Home Tours This Season

International Friendship Club

Approaching their 30th season, Home Tour popularity has increased because these are one-of-a kind experiences, and many guests come back many times. Four beautiful homes are included on every tour, with the homes rotating weekly.

09Mar2015
Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Soccer Cup, Film Fest, Kirtan Chanting, Harley Davidson Rally, Chili Cook-Off, Chacala Music Festival, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

09Mar2015
International Friendship Club Presents an Introduction to Kirtan Chanting

International Friendship Club

The IFC of Puerto Vallarta will present an Introduction to Kirtan Chanting on Thursday March 12 at 7:00 pm at the IFC Clubhouse. Classically trained local musician Raoul Díaz de la Garza will lead an hour of Kirtan chanting.

02Mar2015
Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Charity Bingo, Banderas Bay Regatta, Bird Festival, Celtic Music Fest, Riverfest, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

02Mar2015
Changing Kid's Lives One Smile at a Time: The IFC Cleft Palate Program

International Friendship Club

On Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 pm the International Friendship Club of Puerto Vallarta will host a public information session on its Cleft Palate Program. The public is invited and there is no cost, so please join us for an inspiring evening!

23Feb2015
Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Charity Bingo, Wine Festival, National Charro Competition, San Pancho Music Fest, Urban Farmer Workshop, Guayabitos Art Fest, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

23Feb2015
Children Come First With IFC Medical Cost Share and Cancer Aid

International Friendship Club

How would you feel if your child were disabled or sick, the cost of treatment was about 10,000 pesos, and you didn't have the money to help? The child would just have to suffer.

19Feb2015
General Information Session by Canadian Consular Agent at International Friendship Club

International Friendship Club

Patrick Courcelles, Canadian Consular Agent / Agent Consulaire of Puerto Vallarta, will present an informative PowerPoint presentation and General Information Session at the IFC Clubhouse on Wednesday February 25 from 10:00 - 11:30 am.

16Feb2015
Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Charity Bingo, Mardi Gras Parade, Rural Organic Farm Walk, Taste of Lo de Marcos, Southside Shuffle, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

15Feb2015
Two Dynamic International Friendship Club Events Coming Up in Vallarta

International Friendship Club

An In-Town Retreat: A Mindful Path from Difficult Emotion to Creative Action will be presented by Kavindu from February 26 - 28. Candace George Thompson will facilitate The Gift of Story: Capturing and Preserving Family Memories on February 24.

09Feb2015
Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Charity Bingo, Valentine's Day Happenings, Magic of Love by PV Men's Chorus, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

08Feb2015
Recipes from the Winners of International Friendship Club Cookoff

International Friendship Club

The International Friendship Club (IFC) recently held a "Cook Off" in their clubhouse above the HSBC Bank at the north end of the Rio Cuale Bridge. Members and guests alike attended this fun evening.

03Feb2015
U.S. Consular to Visit Southside Vallarta for Notary and Passport Services

PVAngels

For the convenience of American expats and visitors living on the southside of Puerto Vallarta, the U.S. Consular Office of Vallarta-Nayarit has arranged a special trip from the Nuevo Vallarta offices to Downtown/Old Town Vallarta on February 18.

02Feb2015
Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Charity Bingo, Waterside Art Show, Luna Rumba, Magic of Love by PV Men's Chorus, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

01Feb2015
Democrats Abroad Present Academy Awards Nominated Movie Screenings at IFC

Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chapter

Join the Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chapter for the series of Academy Awards nominated movies to begin on February 12 and continuing until February 21 at International Friendship Club Puerto Vallarta.

29Jan2015
International Friendship Club PV Actively Supports Many Educational Projects

International Friendship Club

The International Friendship Club supports many people and organizations in Puerto Vallarta and in addition to the Cleft Palate program some of our most important work is focused on education.

26Jan2015
Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, Movie Screenings, Fundraisers, Trivia Tournament, Fashion Show, Kitty Bingo, Charro Championship, BeefDip & Bear Week, Farmers Markets every day, and so much more.

24Jan2015
IFC Cleft Palate Program Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary in Puerto Vallarta

Dropbox.com

The IFC takes pride in its unique Cleft Palate Program. It begins with providing funds for transporting doctors who donate their time to perform the surgeries. It ends with seeing smiles on the children’s faces and their parent’s tears of joy at its completion.

23Jan2015
Canadian Rotary Club Continues to Support ASPV Public and Rural School Library Program

American School Puerto Vallarta

At the end of 2014, the award-winning student leadership and service program Leer y Crecer (Read & Grow) at the American School of Puerto Vallarta received another personal delivery of funding from the Rotary Club of Invermere, British Columbia, Canada.

18Jan2015
PV Visitors Love IFC Home Tours!

International Friendship Club

Experienced and knowledgeable volunteers help guide you through the homes and also have great recommendations for things to do and places to see and visit in and around Puerto Vallarta.

15Jan2015
International Friendship Club Announces Hollywood Classics Film Series

International Friendship Club

The International Friendship Club of Puerto Vallarta continues its Monday Night Movies this season with an exciting “Hollywood Classics” Movie Series. All of these movies, stretching back to 1940, won “Best Picture” Oscars the year they were released.

05Jan2015
Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

PVAngels

A lot is going on around Banderas Bay this week including Theater Shows, IFC Home Tours, Rural Organic Farm Walk, Southside Shuffle, Vallarta Cup, Book Signing Benefit, Farmers Markets every day, the Voice of Vallarta and so much more.

30Nov2014
International Friendship Club Home Tours Support Cleft Palate Surgery Program

International Friendship Club

Enjoy the beauty of Puerto Vallarta by touring some of its most architecturally interesting homes. Our Home Tours showcase four unique homes each week ranging from small, traditional style casas to multi-million dollar beachfront condos and villas.

25Nov2014
Children with Cancer Breakfast Fundraiser at Barcelona Tapas

Children with Cancer

The CANICA Center for Children with Cancer is inviting everyone to join us for breakfast at the Barcelona Tapas Restaurant on December 3rd at 10:00 am. Barcelona Tapas will donate 100% of the proceeds.

16Nov2014
Democrats Abroad Film Series for 2014-2015 Season

Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chapter

The Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad continue their weekly film series for the 2014-2015 season with the change to Wednesday night (instead of Tuesday) and the move from Paradise Community Center to the International Friendship Club.

20Oct2014
International Friendship Club Season Kickoff Brunch

International Friendship Club

Join the International Friendship Club of Puerto Vallarta in kicking off the 2014-2015 season with our fundraising brunch on Tuesday, November 11 at the beautiful Casa Fantasia.

07Sep2014
Absentee Voter Registration Assistance at International Friendship Club Vallarta

Democrats Abroad Mexico Costa Banderas Chapter

Volunteers from Democrats Abroad Costa Banderas Chapter and the International Friendship Club will be available on September 11 & 18 to help US citizens in Puerto Vallarta get registered to vote in the upcoming elections.

25Apr2014
A Reminder & Where to Get Your Altruism Festival Tickets Early and Save

Amigos de La Cruz

Don’t miss this very upbeat, wonderful evening of food, friendship and fun on May 4, with all proceeds divided equally among the 20 charities. Tickets, which include food, drinks and entertainment, cost just 350 pesos in advance or 450 pesos at the gate.

07Apr2014
Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit

PVAngels

Read about some of the many events happening in Vallarta-Nayarit this week including Real Estate & Finance Info, Sunset Soiree Benefit for Girls Shelter, Fandango at Teatro Vallarta, Open Air Market in La Penita, Taste of Pride, and a lot more.

07Apr2014
Join the Fun at the IFC End of Season Brunch at Casa Fantasia

International Friendship Club

There will be door prizes and a raffle. This is always a very festive occasion as the IFC celebrates another successful season. The Casa Fantasia Brunch offers a delightful buffet menu. Join us on April 13.

01Apr2014
IFC Vallarta Introduces 'Each One Helps One' Program

International Friendship Club

The Patrocinio Program does not replace the ongoing humanitarian and charitable support programs of the IFC but rather gives IFC members a chance to be more closely involved in helping a local person they know receive the aid they need.

24Mar2014
Events Not to Miss This Week in Puerto Vallarta & Riviera Nayarit

PVAngels

Read about some of the many events happening in Vallarta-Nayarit this week including PV Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert, Chacala Music Festival, Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser, WesMex Regatta, International Film Festival, and a lot more.

24Mar2014
IFC Launches New Education Program with Six Grants

International Friendship Club

The International Friendship Club has a long history of funding local area schools and educational programs. For many years, IFC member Mel Bornstein headed the Education effort, helped countless schools build playgrounds and bathrooms, and made sure many a student gained a better education.

19Mar2014
IFC Celebrates International Waffle Day with Breakfast Fundraiser

International Friendship Club

The money raised on March 25 from the Waffle Breakfast will assist a very worthy food aid program, the IFC Rice and Beans Program. The program provides food aid to community centers that support children and families in economic need.

09Mar2014
IFC Sponsors Cleft Palate Clinic and Surgeries

International Friendship Club

The Clinic will take place on Tuesday at the IFC Clubhouse beginning at 1:00 pm where up to 30 or more families with children in the Cleft Palate program will gather to see doctors so that assessments can be done.

06Mar2014
Oaxacan Rugs and Textiles Sale at IFC Vallarta

International Friendship Club

The International Friendship Club will host a sale of beautiful Oaxacan rugs and fine hand-loomed textiles presented by Zapotec Art at the IFC Clubhouse on Wednesday, March 12. Zapotec Art is a family of craftsmen from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico.

03Mar2014
IFC Supports Dental Outreach for Children in Boca de Tomatlan

International Friendship Club

The International Friendship Club recently became involved in a dental outreach program to bring dental services to school children in the Boca de Tomatlan area. This new program partners with a volunteer in Boca and a dentist in Puerto Vallarta.

23Feb2014
10th International Altruism Festival to Benefit 20 Local Charities

La Biblioteca Rey Nayar

This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2014, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

23Feb2014
IFC English Outreach Program Successfully Launched

International Friendship Club

The intensive class runs for 10 weeks, three afternoons a week, until late March and is filled to capacity this season. Most of the Mexican students are adults who need English for the jobs and the course focuses on basics and practical, conversational English.

17Feb2014
Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit

PVAngels

Read about some of the many events happening in Vallarta-Nayarit this week. Senator Tom Hayden is in town, Paws for the Cause and Children with Cancer fundraisers, Alberto Mejia in Concert, Mass Appeal theater event, and a lot more.

10Feb2014
Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit

PVAngels

There a lot going on this week in Vallarta-Nayarit including Medical Matters, performances by Kinsey Sicks, Style Show Luncheon, all the Valentine's Day happenings, Alberto Mejia in Concert, Real Estate Fair, American Legion Poker Tour, and more.

07Feb2014
International Friendship Club of PV Upcoming Lectures and Events

International Friendship Club

You are probably aware of our ongoing Home Tours on Tuesday & Wednesdays and our Zoo and Botanical Gardens Tours on Thursday, but here's some more great lectures and events brought to you by the International Friendship Club of Puerto Vallarta.

05Feb2014
Screening of 'Inequality for All' in Vallarta Back by Popular Demand

Democrats Abroad

This film is a documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country's widening economic gap. It is a must see for ALL Americans. Join Democrats Abroad on February 15 at the IFC.

04Feb2014
Vallarta Tickets Shines for Booking Your Events

PVAngels

Not only do they have the complete schedule for all the venues, but you don't have to visit the box office in person anymore or be disappointed when you show up at the door to find that the event has been sold out.

01Feb2014
Genetically Modified Organisms: Science vs Capitalism at IFC

International Friendship Club

Join us at the Puerto Vallarta International Friendship Club on February 6, 7:00 pm, as Plant Biologist Eric Davies, Ph.D., discusses this hotly debated issue where opponents of GMOs use terms such as "Frankenfoods."

26Jan2014
International Friendship Club Activities Schedule Loaded with Fun

International Friendship Club

The IFC boasts an activities schedule chock full of things to do for members and guests alike. This week I decided to attend a variety of IFC activities so I could see for myself what might be of interest for visitors and residents of Vallarta. Wow, was I busy!

21Jan2014
International Friendship Club Tours Off to a Great Start in 2014

International Friendship Club

The tours raise money to support the IFC Cleft Palate Surgery Program here in the Banderas Bay area. Right now there are approximately 200 patients from newborn to age 18 who are being treated in the IFC program.

20Jan2014
Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit

PVAngels

Read about some of the many events happening in Vallarta-Nayarit this week. The Bucerias Patron Saint Festival continues until Friday, Amy & Freddy perform at the Palm, Farmer's Markets, catch the Dueling Drag Divas at PuRR Project Bingo, and more.

17Jan2014
International Friendship Club Open House Exceeds Expectations

International Friendship Club

Guests were met at the door by volunteers and received complimentary drink tickets while hors d'oeuvres were served by volunteers. The members and guests mixed and mingled for 2 hours, meeting new people and learning about the IFC and the charities it supports.

13Jan2014
Events Not to Miss This Week in Vallarta-Nayarit

PVAngels

Read about some of the many events happening in Vallarta-Nayarit this week. The Rainbow Warror is in town, learn about vertical gardens, attend the Open House at IFC, tour PuRR, don't miss the Sayulita Fest or Alberto Mejia at the Palm, and more.

04Jan2014
You're Invited to Enjoy the International Friendship Club Open House

International Friendship Club

Don't miss the fun at the first big Open House of 2014! The International Friendship Club (IFC) will host its 3rd annual Open House at the newly renovated clubhouse and pleasant outdoor terrace on Tuesday evening, January 14, 2014.

22Dec2013
Bud Ellison Photography Exhibit Currently at PV International Friendship Club

International Friendship Club

The exhibit runs through January and the work is available for sale. Bud and his wife Lois, also a fine photographer, are generously donating 25% of the proceeds to the IFC.

17Dec2013
Sale of Oaxacan Rugs and Textiles at International Friendship Club

International Friendship Club

The International Friendship Club (IFC) of Puerto Vallarta will host a sale of beautiful Oaxacan rugs and fine hand-loomed textiles presented by Zapotec Art at the Clubhouse on Friday, December 20, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

04Nov2013
Puerto Vallarta International Friendship Club Brunch & General Meeting

International Friendship Club

Headed by new club president, Dan Grippo, the IFC will host its first general meeting of the new season on Tuesday, November 12, with a Brunch at the new Bravos Restaurant beginning at 11:00 am.

13Oct2013
IFC Home, Botanical Gardens and Vallarta Zoo Tours Return to Support Local Charities

International Friendship Club

Enjoy the beauty of Puerto Vallarta by touring some of its most architecturally interesting homes and/or joining us for a visit to our fantastic Botanical Gardens & local Zoo while supporting PV charities including the Cleft Palate Program.

14Sep2013
Deja New Consignment Invites You to Clean Out Your Closets for Charity

Deja New Consignment

Planning your trip to Puerto Vallarta? It's so simple to support our local charities! Did you know you can neuter up to 20 animals with just one suitcase full of clothing donated to the account of the Colima FREE Spay & Neuter Clinic? That's right! It's that easy!

10Jul2013
'Christmas in July' Fundraiser at The River Cafe

International Friendship Club

Puerto Vallarta's River Cafe will be the venue for the Christmas in July event to benefit the International Friendship Club's Cleft Palate Clinics. Enjoy a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings for a great cause on July 20.

03Jun2013
June Happenings In and Around Puerto Vallarta

Galeria Vallarta

Barbara Peters from Galeria Vallarta shares a glimpse into some of the great events happening around town this month. Summer is a great time to visit Puerto Vallarta.

16Apr2013
Charities Announced to Benefit from Vallarta's 2013 Altruism Festival

U.S. Consular Agency Vallarta

Twenty-four of our local charity and non-profit organizations in Banderas Bay have been announced to participate and benefit from Puerto Vallarta's largest fundraising event of the year to take place on Sunday, May 5.

09Apr2013
9th International Altruism Festival to Benefit 24 Local Charities

PVAngels

This is the most important altruism event of Puerto Vallarta and will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013, beginning at 6:00 pm, in the beautiful beachfront garden of the CasaMagna Marriott Resort in Marina Vallarta.

31Mar2013
Community Meeting on Immigration Reform in the U.S.

Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad

Join the Costa Banderas Democrats Abroad in Puerto Vallarta on Thursday, April 11. Everyone is welcome to attend. The time is NOW to inform ourselves and ACT to get the U.S. Congress to pass meaningful Immigration Reform in the United States.

30Mar2013
Cash-In Your Closet for Charity at Deja New

PVM City Paper

One of Kathleen's most ingenuous ideas has been to invite area charities to open consignment accounts at Deja New in Puerto Vallarta. People can then bring in clothes and accessories to consign and the charity of their choice receives the proceeds.

22Mar2013
Puerto Vallarta Gives a Warm Welcome to all Visitors During Holy Week

Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board

Holy Week celebrations in Mexico are rich in culture and history. In Puerto Vallarta, locals and visitors alike participate in the traditional processions and religious celebrations that have become an important part of this week.

07Mar2013
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater "Wake Me When I'm Dead" on St. Patrick's Day

International Friendship Club

The International Friendship Club of Puerto Vallarta has been preparing for months to bring you the very special St. Patrick's Day event on March 17, an original Murder Mystery Dinner Theater production, and you get to deduce who-dun-it.

25Feb2013
International Friendship Club Fashion Show & Luncheon at River Cafe

International Friendship Club

Deja New will present this fun and creative fashion show fundraiser on March 2. As always, International Friendship Club proceeds go to fund the IFC Cleft Palate Program and other educational and community services.

12Feb2013
Some Options for Valentine's Day Dining in Puerto Vallarta

PVAngels

Whether you prefer casual or elegant for that special Valentine's Day celebration in Puerto Vallarta, there are plenty of incredible restaurants to share the fun and romance with your loved ones.

13Jan2013
International Friendship Club Vallarta January Events

PVM City Paper

Special events at the IFC include our annual Scavenger Hunt, Original Home Tours, Bo-Zo Tours of Vallarta Botanical Gardens & the Vallarta Zoo, and Cleft Palate Program consultations and surgeries.

07Jan2013
Bougainvillea Festival in the Works by Puerto Vallarta Garden Club

Puerto Vallarta Garden Club

We hope to make PV the Bougainvillea Capital of the World. Our first annual Bougainvillea Festival, in coordination with Restaurant Week, will be May 17-24, 2013. Join us in our upcoming planning events.

02Jan2013
Annual Open House for Vallarta's International Friendship Club

International Friendship Club

Join us on Tuesday, January 8, and get to know our IFC while spending a fun evening. The event is free with food, two free drinks and live entertainment by Trenzas Negras. Everybody is invited.

09Dec2012
International Friendship Club in Vallarta Offers Medical Evacuation Insurance

International Friendship Club

The IFC of Puerto Vallarta, in addition to helping the less fortunate, offers many advantages to its members from social activities to great classes to restaurant discounts. Now they are offering Travel Assist Network Air Rescue with a discount to members.

13Nov2012
IFC Cleft Palate Surgeries at CMQ Premier Hospital

PV Mirror

The IFC has sponsored these surgeries and supported the Cleft Palate Program (CPP) in Puerto Vallarta since 1986. Most of the money to support this endeavor is raised by the twice weekly IFC Home Tours.

05Nov2012
International Friendship Club Lunch & General Meeting

PV Mirror

The Puerto Vallarta IFC's primary charitable mission and the one most visible to the public is their long standing Cleft Palate Program. You are invited to join them on Tuesday, November 13, at the River Cafe for lunch and their first general meeting of the new season.

26Oct2012
24th Season of Home Tours by International Friendship Club

International Friendship Club

The proceeds from the home tours, returning on November 14, fund a number of Puerto Vallarta charities, primarily our Cleft Palate Surgical Program and other in-house Educational and Community Service Programs.

20Sep2012
Lobo Lui Kicks Off Winter Season With Charity Days

VirtualVallarta.com

Lobo Lui's BBQ Shack is introducing Monday Charity Days this season, with 15% of all sales going to community groups supporting the people of Puerto Vallarta and surrounding communities.

18Aug2012
Cleft Palate and Reconstructive Surgery Campaign in Puerto Vallarta

VisitPuertoVallarta.com

Surgical intervention offers children with these problems a chance to live better by regaining speech, appearance and helping them to avoid social exclusion which they may be subjected to because of their own health problems.

05Aug2012
Deja New Consignment Supports Local Charities

Deja New

We applaud the efforts of Kathleen, her staff and associates who have set up charity accounts to benefit our worthy causes here in Puerto Vallarta. We invite you to clean out your closet and help those less fortunate.

16Apr2012
8th International Altruism Festival

CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa

CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa is once again the proud sponsor of the 8th International Altruism Festival in Puerto Vallarta. This gastronomic and cultural event creates awareness among the population to support those who need it the most.

30Mar2012
IFC End of the Season Brunch

International Friendship Club

In addition to the brunch and fashion show, you will enjoy a free welcome mimosa followed by an open bar with vodka drinks and an assortment of juices and mixers. Proceeds benefit the Cleft Palate Surgery Program and other charities supported by the IFC.

08Mar2012
Luck of the Irish Casino Night

International Friendship Club

The International Friendship Club of Puerto Vallarta presents the Luck of the Irish Casino Night on St. Patricks Day, March 17. As always, proceeds will go to the IFC Cleft Palate Program and other IFC charities.

29Feb2012
BoZo Tour of Gardens and Vallarta Zoo

International Friendship Club

A very special trip is being planned for Tuesday, March 6, to visit the Botanical Gardens and the Puerto Vallarta Zoo, hence the name BoZo. Proceeds go the International Friendship Club Cleft Palate Program and other IFC Charities.

27Feb2012
Sonrisas at Sunset Cleft Palate Fundraiser

Amigos de Bucerias

Forget the cloudy weather - we have a fabulous sunset booked for March 5, the ideal beachfront location, and some brilliant musicians to make it all perfect. This audiovisual celebration is a fundraiser for the Cleft Palate Program.

22Jan2012
International Friendship Club Scavenger Hunt

International Friendship Club

Get off that beach chair and find treasure, fun, friends and prizes at the first IFC Scavenger Hunt. Everyone is welcome to attend on January 30 to benefit the Cleft Palate Program.

11Dec2011
Charity Cruises by Ocean Friendly Tours

Ocean Friendly Tours

Not only will your money fund valuable whale research that helps to ensure the survival of the Humpback whale, you will also be helping the people of PV through the money that will be donated by Ocean Friendly Tours to the various charities.

16Feb2017
Daily Life in Mexico Has Its Own Specific Set of Rules

Mexico News Daily

As in life, the rules are multilayered; there are overall rules and rules for specific activities. An extremely important overall rule for a sagacious life in Mexico is that if you accomplish only one thing in a day, the day is to be considered a success.

25Jan2017
Millions of Americans Live in Mexico. Can We Continue to Coexist?

The Guardian

Beyond our trading relationship and our common border, Mexicans and Americans share a dream: one of freedom and prosperity for their people. Let’s not put that at risk.

09Dec2016
Operation Smile Mexico Receives Country's 2016 National Volunteer and Solidarity Award

Operation Smile Mexico

Operation Smile Mexico was honored by President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto with the 2016 National Volunteer and Solidarity Award, Mexico's highest honor awarded to non-profit volunteer organizations accomplishing exceptional humanitarian efforts.

04Jul2016
The First Bikini, Presidential Deaths and Other Events That Occurred Around Independence Day

IBTimes

Americans celebrate the country’s birthday on the Fourth of July, gathering with family and friends year after year. As you mark Independence Day 2016 with them, here’s a compilation of inspiring quotations focused on freedom and its trappings.

19Aug2015
World Humanitarian Day: Let's All Make a Greater Commitment to Life-Saving Action

The Guardian

It’s a day to pay tribute to those who help the world’s most vulnerable people and to redouble efforts to provide emergency aid to global victims of crises. We applaud the very best of humanity.

09Aug2015
James Guzman on Borderless Living, International Diversification and Life in Mexico

Guadalajara Geopolitics Institute

James Guzman meets in scenic San Miguel de Allende to discuss his work with Borderless as well as topics such as international living and diversification, the economic crisis, expatriation and living in Mexico.

09May2015
Why Is Mexico Such a Popular Retirement Destination?

The Huffington Post

If you've ever been to Mexico, you've probably visited some of its beautiful beaches. But there's a lot more to Mexico than beaches, and if you've never been there or if you are afraid to visit for one reason or another, you are missing out.

11Mar2015
Voluntourism: Spring Break Can Be a Time to Give

Mother Nature Network

More and more young people are passing up the revelry and choosing a different type of spring break experience. A style of travel known as voluntourism has become an exciting alternative for more young travelers - and for more travelers in general.

03Feb2015
Aboard the Smile Train, Tampa Bay Rays' Pitcher Makes Smiles Happen in Mexico

Chat Sports

Tampa Bay's Grant and Angie Balfour headed to Mexico this month to visit the Miles for Smiles charity. Smile Train is an international children’s charity dedicated to repairing cleft lip and palate.

14Jun2014
Volunteers Provide Cleft Lip Surgeries in Mexico

YouTube

This is a moving video of the extraordinary impact made by San Diego Rotary members Dr. Tom Vecchione and Dr. Doug Arbon to improve the lives of those less fortunate in Mexico.

22Jul2013
Brooke Burke Joins Operation Smile's Medical Mission to Mexico

LookToTheStars.org

Smile Ambassadors Brooke Burke Charvet and David Charvet, along with two of their children, volunteered with Operation Smile during the organization’s recent medical mission in Guadalajara, Mexico.

17May2013
Free Surgeries for Yucatan Children With Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

The Yucatan Times

More than 450 children with strabismus problems, cleft palate, burns sequels and other sufferings will have the opportunity to have surgical procedures by medical experts from the Mercy Hospital of Iowa.

30Nov2012
Cleft Palate Surgery: A Prism for a Mother's Love in Rural Mexico

MEDILL

In the middle of Mexico's rural mountains, Baby Erick is awaiting surgery for a cleft lip and palate but his mother is struggling to help him gain the weight he needs to undergo anesthesia.


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