Costa Maya update

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 10, No. 24            June 15, 2000

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Although it was a poorly attended Costa Maya meeting, the results showed promise as Gach Guerrero gave his report to those gathered of what he has accomplished so far. At this time, the 10th annual festival is still being planned for August 15th - 20th. The countries of Guatemala and Mexico have confirmed their attendance for the event.

    Money remains an issue. Sponsorship letters have been sent and the committee still awaits replies from many of the businesses being solicited for contributions. The Belize Tourism Board and major corporate sponsors have been contacted as well. The committee welcomes any support the community is able to offer in this regard, either by sponsorship, donations or their aid in the solicitation of others. Sponsors may contact Gach Guerrero, or drop their donations off, at Amigo Travel; checks should be made out to "Costa Maya Festival".

    It was announced that Grand Raffle tickets are presently being printed and should be distributed for sale shortly. The raffle will feature a Grand Prize choice between a lot with house, facilitated by the Belize Rural South office, or cash; a 2nd place prize of $1000; a 3rd and 4th prize round trip ticket from Belize to Houston/Belize to Dallas (American Airlines has confirmed sponsorship of the Belize/Dallas trip); and 5th place - $500. Tickets will be sold for $10 from selected agents only.   

    In regards to the pageant, El Salvador has confirmed their participation and Miss Sandra Glower Silis will represent their country. She is a 19 year-old student studying Judicial Science and was the first runner-up in the Miss El Salvador Beauty Pageant 2000. She is five foot seven inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. Her measurements are 33-25-34 and she enjoys reading, going to the movies and being with her friends.

    The popular Belize band, Gilharry 7 and both island dance companies have promised to entertain for the festival. Mary Beissner has kindly offered her services as the person in charge of the accounts this year. Mr. Sanchez Riveroll of Chetumal, Mexico has been approached for the rental of the stage and sound system. A proposal will be written and submitted for his approval.

    Information continues to be received on bands and many recommendations made for the festival, but cost is the major concern. Anyone having any reasonable suggestions for entertainment, may contact a member of the committee or Gach Guerrero at 2180.
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