For the 18th consecutive year, the Navy League in partnership with the Marriott CasaMagna Resort, the Vista Vallarta Golf Club and many other sponsors will be raising money to buy thousands of toys for distribution on Three Kings Day to needy kids this holiday season. Playgrounds will also be constructed as needed in these poor neighborhoods.
This year's major fundraisers will be held the weekend of December 10-11.
On Saturday, December 10, a fun-filled golf scramble tournament will be held at the Vista Vallarta Golf Club Weiskopf course. A shotgun start will be at 11:00 am, followed by a Mexican style buffet and awards ceremony immediately after completion of golf. This is a fun and popular charity event, with many prizes for golfers of all skill levels including lowest score, highest score, closest to the pin, longest drive and hole in one. Don't miss it, even if you barely know how to pick up a club. The cost per person of 1800 pesos ($100 US) is well below market price, thanks to the generosity of the Vista Golf Club, who pick up the tab for the entire day. So every peso raised goes directly to buying toys.
On Sunday, December 11, a Gala Holiday Dinner/Dance will be celebrated at the Marriott CasaMagna Resort in Marina Vallarta. Doors open at 6:30 pm with complimentary cocktails, accompanied by mariachis, followed by a gourmet dinner prepared by Marriott's award-winning chef. Wine and other drinks will be complimentary the entire evening. During the event, raffle tickets will be sold for a variety of prizes such as dinners, hotel stays, spa treatments, and more! There will be a talented live band for those wanting to work off the evening's calories. All of this for the bargain price of 1350 pesos ($75 US) per person if purchased in advance or 1600 pesos at the door. Marriott picks up the tab for the dinner, again sending the pesos to the fund for toys.
Advance donation tickets are available by contacting:
• Jerry Lafferty, 322-221-6156
• Carol’s Boutique, 322-137-4902
• Fred and Dorothy Piontkowski, 322-209-0064
• CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa Concierge, 322-226-0017
• Vista Golf Course Pro Shop, 322-290-0030
• Marina Golf Course Pro Shop, 322-221-0073
• Carla at Steve's Sports Bar, 322-222-0256
We thank the Marriott and Vista Golf for providing the venues, dinner and extras and all our generous sponsors who supply our wonderful raffle prizes.
Toys for Tots is run by volunteers from the Navy League with support by the American Legion, there are no employees. All proceeds from the fundraisers buy toys at a generous discount from a toy wholesaler.
This is a great way to kick-off the holiday season. Let's make this year's holidays a great treat not only for ourselves but the less fortunate kids all around us. Anyone also wanting to accompany the distribution caravans on Three Kings Day on January 9, you are more than welcome to join what is a heart warming and adventuresome day. Please telephone Dennis Rike, 322-138-8891.
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