Weekend activities included an art and jewelry sale on Saturday afternoon, a wine tasting and live auction Saturday night, and a full afternoon of sales and activities on Sunday. Well over a thousand people came to the Boquete fairgrounds to participate in the silent auction of hundreds of goods and services, to shop the patio sales of clothing and housewares, and to buy food and drink and baked goods. Activities for the area’s children included games for prizes, face painting, and professional photographs. A special treat was the attendance of children from Casa Hogar Trisker, whose participation was underwritten by the dozens of residents who purchased ticket vouchers on their behalf.
Congratulations to the more than 200 volunteers who worked steadily for months to ensure that this year’s event was a success. Thanks are due to the nearly 500 businesses, professionals, and individuals who donated goods and services to be sold. Bid 4 Boquete encourages Panama residents to patronize these businesses and to thank them personally for their participation. Special thanks go to the 23 committee chairs, the Foundation Council, and the event organizers, Penny Barrett, Bonnie Williams, and Anayansi Menendez.
Major beneficiaries of this year's event will include:• Amigos de Animales de Boquete, spay and neuter program/animal welfare
• Fundacion Pro-Integracion, services for the handicapped
• Buenos Vecinos de Boquete, food for the needy and shut-in
• Club Rotario de Boquete, supporting the area schools and students
An additional half dozen or so charitable or civic organizations will receive smaller amounts, to be determined by the Foundation Council within the upcoming weeks.
There are still unsold items and services from the silent auction that will be offered at discounted prices, including legal services, art, gym memberships, health and beauty goods and services, dental services, hotel and resort stays, classes, and architectural design services. You can view these in the Clearance Sale album on the Bid 4 Boquete website, www.bid4boquete.com. These items and services are for sale at much less than the declared value to the first person to purchase. There are some real deals here, for things you want or need, so check them out!
Attention Business Owners: Did your business reap the benefit of months of free online promotion because you made a donation of goods or services to this year's event? If not, be thinking about what you can donate for next year. Participate, benefit through free advertising, and know you are helping to make our community become a better place to live. Contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.