‘Christmas in Paradise’ Came Early This Year!
More than 80 members and guests met and mingled, enjoyed cocktails, live entertainment and great finger-food, and contributed checks and pledges totaling over $100,000 pesos in support of ANA’s 2014 projects and goals!
All in – contributions, pledges, new memberships and renewals – the evening grossed $9,200USD, or $115,000 pesos in ‘targeted giving’ to achieve Visto Bueno for the Association, to build a Legal Defense Fund in support of Responsible Development, finance new street and highway signs, and provide additional trash collection containers for the colonia.
Friday, December 6, Horizon’s North Lobby was decked out for the holidays, its four huge indoor palms dripping with red and gold ornaments, as a dozen ‘ANA Elves’ sporting red Santa hats served drinks and an endless array of tasty ‘finger-food’ provided by NU Restaurant. Adding to the classy holiday-party ambiance were The Yorks – Steve and Lisa – who provided pleasant instrumental and vocal background as everybody met, mingled, and took in another amazing Puerto Vallarta sunset from Horizon’s expansive pool deck.
The evening’s theme – “Christmas In Paradise” – continued in a showy duet by local vocal talents Ryan Ragazzi and Bob Bruneau, extolling the beauties and charms of Puerto Vallarta…and setting up ANA’s Power Point presentation.
The “How do we stay ‘Amapas’, and not become ‘Acapulco’?” was the question of the night. The ANA Board’s answer: Get ‘ahead of the Development curve’ by achieving Visto Bueno for the Association, ensuring a strong local voice at the table to ensure that new development preserves what attracted us all here, and respects the existing neighborhood & the neighbors. And create a Legal Fund to defend enforcement of the Plan Parcial, while also financing smaller, immediate projects, such as new highway and street signs and new trash collection containers for the beach, business, and residential areas.
Earlier, a small group of dedicated ANA members donated $2,500 USD, which guests were challenged to match. Encouraged by Board member Gene Mendoza and new member Alex Martinez (Avalon), the enthusiastic crowd quickly stepped up and met the challenge, bringing the total to $60,000pesos. In less than half an hour, party-goers proceeded to add another $40,000 pesos, mostly in checks and pledges, meeting the Fall Fundraiser goal. John Zey (La Cima I), also ‘passed a hat’, collecting an additional $364US and Canadian Dollars in cash contributions – a great evening, and a historic success in every way!