The first three years the event was chaired by Cora Kent, and raised $42,000 in funds over that period. The event has grown such that this year it is being run by a trio of women, Bonnie Williams, Martine Heyer and Penny Barrett, who have expanded it from one to two days, and expect to raise as much this year as in the previous three years combined, for the benefit of the four worthy organizations.
On Saturday, December 4 an elegant wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres and live music by Rich Cacianti will be followed by an exciting Live Auction, to be held at the new BCP Theater & Events Center just over the new bridge in downtown Boquete. The Wine Tasting event starts at 5:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale on in at Mail Boxes Etc. on November 15th for $20 (the full amount benefits the charities). The Live Auction follows at 7:00 pm ($5 admission). Tickets will also be available at the Tuesday Market starting November 16th.
Donations have been made by individuals and businesses. The headline Event Sponsor, Banco General, contributed $5,000 to get the ball rolling. Other corporate sponsors are Chiriqui Storage, Casa Solution, Prestige Custom Builders and Boquete Quality Properties. High end items such as a weekend for two at Contadora Island Inn with airline tickets provided by Air Panama, will be auctioned, as well as other vacations, jewelry, private gourmet dinners, artwork, local adventure tours, language lessons, home improvement products, and more. This event is a BCP Production.
On Sunday, December 5 a fiesta at La Feria’s Arco Iris building will include a silent auction featuring hundreds of items, a patio sale, children’s games, a visit by Santa, home baked goodies, books, plants, and raffle tickets. Food and beverages will be for sale.
All proceeds go to support the four benefitting charities whose mission it is to help the people of Boquete in many ways. All efforts are volunteer and there are no administrative costs deducted from the proceeds. The charities are:
Amigos de Animales has spayed/neutered almost 3,000 dogs and cats, taking tens of thousands of unwanted animals off the streets of Boquete. With funds derived from the Bid4Boquete Auction, they will be able to increase their outreach.
Buenos Vecinos de Boquete will utilize their share of the funds to expand the number of hungry they feed on a monthly basis.
Club de Leones de Boquete will use their part of the revenue to add to the needs of the new Boquete Library.
Boquete Handicapped Foundation is in need of expanding their physical facilities, to include a doctor’s examination room and an office and their share of the money realized will go to this effort.
For information on giving a donation, contact Penny Barrett at 6510-8934 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Auction items are listed available for presale on the website, http://www.bid4boquete.com. A donation form can be found on the website, if you’d like to contribute something to the auction.
Mark your calendar to attend and be part of the giving heart of Boquete. If you can, volunteer your time and energy to help with the event. If you can’t do that, then please attend and bid on the items you see… remember, it is for the benefit of those less fortunate than we are.