At 1 PM of last March 16th., Mayor Arturo Davalos cut the ceremonial orange ribbon, officially opening La Casita for service to the South Side as a dozen high-ranking City officials, members of the ANA Board, and ANA member-contributors looked on.
La Casita will act as a substation for 24/7 emergency services – police, fire and ambulance – from Amapas, south to Boca de Tomatlan, substantially reducing response-time for our area.
Long in the planning, the City had the white-washed, red tile-roofed bungalow on Highway 200 and the manpower to staff it… but not the money for furniture and equipment to support round-the-clock services.
So the ANA, its members, friends and neighbors, including Conchas Chinas, got together and raised over $8,000 USD = $135,000 pesos to buy office furniture, a Pullman kitchen (complete with refrigerator & coffee maker), bunk beds, mattresses and sheets, tables and chairs. We even stocked the fridge!
A well-attended fundraising party at ANA Board member Gene Mendoza’s Fusion Restaurant – with 50% of all food and beverage sales, and 100% of everything else, going to the cause – included the ‘adoption’ of various items by good-hearted donors. A good time was had by all, including a number of Bomberos, but ANA also opened a website so people who couldn’t attend the party were still able to make online donations.
Mayor Davalos was generous in his thanks and praise for the ANA’s efforts, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with City Hall on other projects that benefit Amapas.
ANA plans to continue supporting our police and Bomberos with needed equipment, so it’s not too late to make a contribution. You can go online to www.GoFundMe.com/PVCasita — or contact Viviana at email@example.com or our office phone 322-244-0185.