“Faces of the Future” Benefit raises over $20K

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 17, No. 19            May 10, 2007

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Beach games were only part of the fun on Cinco de Mayo...

Limbo dancing...on the beach...

Children enjoy some face painting...

Look Ma! A painted face!

Students of Holy Cross also got to enjoy a swim...

Shots of a 23-year old Guatemalan rum were being aucitoned off for over $150!

John "Fathead" Vorus joined in for an impromptu didgeridou jam much to the delight of the crowd.

The Holy Cross Principal and staff, along with Sterling Vorus, join in thanking the crowd for the support.

Pictured are John "Fat head" Vorus, Sterling Vorus, Paul Jewitt, Laurie Norton, Principal of Holy Cross Sharon Hazel handing over the check to Holy Cross. The Check was for 20,016.56!

(Some Photos Courtesy of Laurie Norton and Paul Jewitt)

For weeks the town has been abuzz with news of the “Faces of the Future” Benefit Extravaganza for the Holy Cross Anglican School located just north of Boca del Rio in San Mateo. The school has not been without controversy the last few weeks and in an effort to rally in support the community stepped up to the task of raising some seriously needed funds for the modest school that is dedicated to providing an education and meals for some 160 plus students in the area. Enthusiastic volunteers worked tirelessly organizing the event which was held last Saturday at Wet Willy’s Bar and Grill. The day began at 3:00 PM with fabulous beach activities for the kids. Children enjoyed jumping inside the bouncy tent, face painting and various games while live music and festivities took place inside the bar.

    Throughout the day a live auction was held where people could bid on a huge variety of items donated from local businesses. From deluxe resort getaways to shots of rare Guatemalan rum, there was something for everyone. People also had the opportunity to bid on items via internet, and when all was said and done more than $20,000 was raised for the school, with pledges still coming in. It was a great time for all while raising money for a worthy cause.

    On Tuesday Sterling Vorus presented Vernon Wilson of the Holy Cross School with a check for $20,016.56 The money will primarily be used for sand to fill the flooded areas around the school, improving the general health of the area and ultimately creating more land to build and expand on.

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