International Friendship Club Open House Exceeds Expectations

Janie Albright Blank - International Friendship Club
January 17, 2014

The International Friendship Club (IFC) hosted its 3rd annual Open House Tuesday evening, January 14, 2014 with over 300 people attending. The courtyard and meeting spaces were filled with members and guests alike. Jorge Acosta entertained with his beautiful voice and guitar accompaniment. The weather could not have been nicer offering up a perfect Vallarta evening.

Guests were met at the door by volunteers and each guest received complimentary drink tickets while hors d'oeuvres were served by volunteers. Restaurants supportive of the IFC's charitable missions donated delicious offerings: Bravos Restaurant and Mi Pueblito at Los Arcos Hotel brought trays of yummy appetizers and the River Café set up a food station serving a delicious Lasagna. In addition IFC volunteers made many other great tasting snacks.

This year there was a silent auction with mint condition fishing equipment and a beautiful Spanish guitar that had been donated to the club.

The members and guests mixed and mingled for 2 hours, meeting new people and learning about the IFC and the charities it supports. One couple was celebrating the first anniversary of the night they met a year ago at the IFC Open House! Linda Gilpin of Vancouver was visiting PV last year and a friend brought her to the Open House where she was introduced to Dave Beally. Dave was living fulltime in the Vallarta area but is originally from Calgary. Now they are spending the winters in PV and summers in Vancouver together. Sounds like the Friendship Club lived up to its name!

IFC President Dan Grippo offered special thanks to all the volunteers who made this event possible, especially Mandy MacLeay, who organized the entire event, with able assistance from Clara Forbes on food preparation. Fred Forbes handled the beverages and Linda Mellor the entertainment while T.J. Hartung handled the silent auction. Mariana Early and Dennis Dzubay were photographers on hand, and there were many more volunteers than there is room to list here but you know who you are and you are very much appreciated!  

The International Friendship Club is a registered charitable organization in Mexico listed as Club Internacional de la Amistad de Puerto Vallarta A.C. It is located at the northeast corner of the Rio Cuale Bridge above the HSBC Bank, Colonia El Centro, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, 48300. Telephone is (322) 222-5466. Email is

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