Beauties Seek Funding for OnCor Foundation

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 14, No. 37            October 28, 2004

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Five Miss Worlds visited "La Isla Bonita" this week to raise money for the OnCor Foundation, a charity created by Miss Belize, Dalila Vanzie. Pictured here during their stay at Captain Morgans are (l-r)Miss World Canada, Miss World Dominican Republic, Miss World Belize, Miss World Venezuela and Miss World Puerto Rico.
 
The San Pedro Dance Company performs the Mayan Dance.

Last Friday evening, five stunning Miss World 2003 delegates enhanced the natural beauty of the scenic view of the Blue Water Grill where a reception was held in their honor. Noche Isleña was as promised, a night of glitz and glamour. Hosted by Mayor Elsa Paz, this gala affair welcomed the beautiful Miss World delegates and the OnCor Foundation to "La Isla Bonita."

    The Rompe Raja Band, comprised of Lion members, greeted all visitors to the celebration with a mix of soothing tropical beats and upbeat music. As the crowd trickled in, waiters offered a variety of delicious hors d'oeuvres, shrimp cakes, teriyaki beef tenderloin kebabs, fried calamari, exquisite pizza slices, etc, all deliciously prepared by the expert kitchen staff of the Blue Water Grill. The skilled bartenders "whipped up" tasty drinks and 20% of every beverage sold was donated to the OnCor Foundation.

    Mistress of Ceremonies, The San Pedro Sun's very own, Miss Kainie Manuel, welcomed the guests to a night of giving, a night of sharing. She went on to mention the reason for the celebration and the importance of helping the OnCor Foundation help others. "You never know when you or your family members will be the ones looking for help. Give, give as much as you can. A little goes a long way!" she exclaimed. Miss Manuel then invited Mayor Elsa Paz for her opening speech, where she welcomed the delegates to the festivities and encouraged everyone to extend their helping hand.

 
The Miss Worlds raise money by dancing during Friday nights fundraiser at the Blue Water Grill.
 
Miss World Belize Dalila Vanzie performs during the gala event held at Captain Morgan's Retreat.
 
 
For once the conversation at BCs stops as the patrons watch Miss Worlds Canada, Dominican Republic and Venezuela arrive at the pier in front of the establishment.
 
While on San Pedro, Miss World Belize 2003, Dalila Vanzie told The San Pedro Sun that she had been offered the Belize Miss World Franchise by Mrs. Julia Morley, Chairperson of the Miss World Organization. It is an offer the beautiful Miss World delegate has taken into serious consideration. Purchasing the franchise would help promote the OnCor Foundation internationally which is Miss Vanzie's goal. The San Pedro Sun wishes Dalila Vanzie the best of luck in her decision and great success with OnCor.
 
Master of Ceremonies was The San Pedro Sun's own Miss Kainie Manuel pictured here , interviewing Miss San Pedro during Friday nights event.

    Miss San Pedro, Roxanna Bradley, then took center stage. She supported OnCor in their endeavors and congratulated Miss World Belize Dalila Vanzie on her wonderful vision of aiding her country. The San Pedro Dance Company enlightened the crowd with their well choreographed moves to the beats of Mahogany Tree, A Mayan Dance, Isla Bonita, and Josie O.

    Kainie then invited Miss Dalila Vanzie to share with the crowd her vision of OnCor. Miss Vanzie stated that she was simply doing her part to help People Living with HIV/AIDS and give the elderly a better quality of life in Belize. Miss Puerto Rico Joceyline Monteros, Miss Canada Nazanin Afshin-Jam, Miss Dominican Republic Maria Eugenia Vargas, and Miss Venezuela Valeria Patruno all gave a few words and encouraged all to donate to the worthy causes. They all stressed on the fact that the OnCor Foundation would be going international and hoped that OnCor would visit their countries and help raise funds in their respective homelands.

    The striking "beauties," in an effort to collect more funds, passed around a shiny silver box adorned with red ribbon, asking everyone to drop in as much money as they could afford to give. After the ceremony and speeches, the gathering enjoyed the rest of the enchanting night with the charming music of the Rompe Raja Band.

    As the fund raising efforts continued, Captain Morgan's Retreat was instrumental in coordinating some of the "caye" events. According to Luis Dominguez, general manager for the retreat, they were committed to helping the OnCor Foundation and proposed to raise $20,000 for the charity over the course of three different fund raising events. Although the final tally has not been made, Mr. Dominguez is confident that they met their fund-raising goal. During the events some of the staff at Captain Morgan's generously donated their time.

    Things kicked off with a Belizean Culture Night on Tuesday, October 19th. The evening showcased promotional booths, a live band, Belizean banquet and raffle. Many people attended this entertaining evening.

    The highlight of Capitan Morgan's weekend of festivities was on Saturday, October 23rd, when they hosted the Night Under the Stars Gala Dinner & Dance. Guests of honor included the stellar Miss World Belize, Miss World Canada, Miss World Dominican Republic, Miss World Venezuela, Miss World Puerto Rico and our own island beauty, Miss San Pedro, Roxanna Bradley. A galaxy of "dressed to impress" guests enjoyed a champagne reception and a four-course "world-menu" gourmet banquet. Each course was served with a complimentary glass of wine donated by Wine de Vine. The evening included a fashion show, with the beautiful guests of honor modeling clothes designed and created by Isla Bonita Designs. An auction, featuring items donated by many local businesses, was held to help raise additional funds. Guests enjoyed live music and dancing under the moonlight. The evening was a great success, with over 100 people attending.

    The final day of fund-raising was on Sunday. Captain Morgan's hosted a Fun Day Barbeque Cookout and Beach Party. Guests had the opportunity to visit with the Miss Worlds and San Pedro Saint Peter's Elementary School's Miss Halloween 2004, Rosely Castillo. A delicious grilled lunch was served and people enjoyed a fun day on the beautiful beach. The event was well attended.

    During their stay on the island, the beauty queens were given the royal treatment. On Sunday, the lovelies were treated to a helicopter ride over the Blue Hole. Outfitted in official flight gear, the British military treated the girls to the flight of their lives. Later that day, they had the opportunity to snorkel and dive at the Hol Chan National Marine Park and Shark Ray Alley. This was a first time experience for some of them, and they were really thrilled to swim with the sharks.

    In an interview with The San Pedro Sun, OnCor Founder, Miss World Belize Dalila Vanzie, stated that she was very pleased with the success of all the fund-raising events during their weekend on "La Isla Bonita." "It has been wonderful to see all the support we have received from this community. None of this could have been possible without the hard work and generosity of many, many people," she said. Miss Vanzie extends her gratitude to all those who helped her charity.

    Those wanting to donate to the OnCor Foundation may mail a check or money order to The OnCor Foundation. P.O. Box 2146, Belize City, Belize or donate on-line through PayPal at www.OnCor.bz



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