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"Community Cares" Gala Supports SETAC & Vallarta Men's Chorus

Javier Gallegos - SETAC-GLBT
October 15, 2012

On Sunday, November 11, 2012, the Community Cares Gala fundraising event will be held to benefit the SETAC Community Center and the newly formed Puerto Vallarta Men's Choir (PVMC).
The Gala will be held at the Bistro Balsamar Restaurant, starting at 6:00 pm with a cocktail reception followed by dinner and performances by ACT II Entertainment and members of PVMC.

One of the beneficiaries of the Gala is Solidaridad Ed Thomas, Asociación Civil (SETAC), the first Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Community Center (GLBT) in Mexico, which officially opened in October 2009.

SETAC provides access to comprehensive and essential care services to the GLBT community including support in recovery from alcoholism, HIV prevention, education and testing along with support groups being offered in both Spanish and English.

SETAC offers the GLBT community, their families and friends a variety of services meant to improve their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. They also help in creating networks between the GLBT and non-GLBT communities, allowing opportunities for everyone to experience, learn and participate in the mutual development of our communities.

SETAC also has a referral system for low income individuals needing medical assistance as well as psychological services.

SETAC receives no public funding and is supported through private donations and various fundraising events.

The second beneficiary, the newly formed Puerto Vallarta Men's Chorus (PVMC), is Mexico's only all-male chorus and is comprised of approximately 50 to 100 gay Mexican and ex-pat members. PVMC's goal is to entertain, enlighten and unify their audiences by using the power of music to recognize the value of the gay community which helps build bridges of greater acceptance to their member's families, the city of Puerto Vallarta and the country of Mexico. PVMC presents their musical selections in both English and Spanish.

Craig Hinman and Jacques Bourguignon, recent Canadian expats to Puerto Vallarta, are organizing the Community Cares Gala as their contribution to benefiting two of their favorite organizations. They feel that both SETAC and PVMC are committed to making a difference in the community and are proud to help them achieve their fundraising goals.

Tickets for the event are priced at 450 pesos and the net proceeds will be divided equally between the two designated organizations and are available on a first come first serve basis at the SETAC Center, Constitucion #427 and at Bistro Balsamar, Basilio Badillo #223, both in Old Town Vallarta.

For more information, contact Javier Gallegos at, or telephone (322) 224 -1974.

Please show your support for these two wonderful organizations.

  Learn more about Puerto Vallarta Gay Men's Chorus

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