Cinco de Mayo fundraiser nets $9K+

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 18, No. 19            May 8, 2008

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Face painting was a hit with the kiddies!

Executive Brokers for Bric International, locally handling sales and marketing for Turneffe Estates Belize donated Austin (a Backyardigans piñata) and lots of Mexican candy to fill it. During the bash, kids had a blast beating the piñata and getting their tasty treats.

During the day and night’s events, many were the musicians who donated their time and musical talents for those gathered at this year’s big Holy Cross Fundraiser.

Ariel Trejo was one of the big winners of the raffles held at this year’s Holy Cross Fundraiser.
Always one behind the camera, TacoGirl assisted in this year’s events as one of the organizers and volunteers.

What started as something small, has now completely taken over Ambergris Caye, Belize and the world. A vision was all it took and today, Holy Cross Anglican School blooms from the marsh and has managed to garner the love of everyone who comes in contact with a student, teacher, staff or Francis Wilson. With close to 400 students, the school provides free tuition, books, uniforms, shoes, desks, a school meal plan, dental and doctor appointments, and is the only institution in the country that cares for special needs students. Yes, the school has grown from its humble beginnings but with all the growth comes big bills. Last year, friends of Holy Cross organized the first year’s “Faces of the Future” Benefit Extravaganza.

    This year, the Benefit Extravaganza under the name “Cinco de Mayo” took over the beach in front of Wet Willy’s by storm when families gathered around in support of the fundraising event. During the day, parents and children enjoyed delicious food, a yard sale, face painting, bouncy tent and had the opportunity to bid in one of the many raffles. Items such as a Play Station 2 consoles with games, fan, fishing rod, microwave, washing machine, toaster oven among others were raffled to the crowd. At one dollar a ticket, everyone kept buying in the hopes of taking something good home.

    While the children enjoyed the party on the beach, grown-ups were also having a wonderful time at Wet Willy’s Cantina. There they also had the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win earrings, bracelets, paintings, Johnny Walker Black Label, CDs and more. They also had the opportunity to bet on the Kentucky Derby Horserace and the winner took the pot. The fun began from early and at night, Wet Willy’s rocked with the live auction. Many were the items kindly donated by various businesses in Ambergris Caye and Belize City which included dinners, certificates, private band functions, tabs and much much more. Francis Wilson, one of the organizers, stated that some of the items were not auctioned off during the extravaganza. These items will be auctioned off on their website and the listing of the items can be seen at

    Money raised during the beach party, organized by the faculty and children of the school, amounted to $4,992.66. The auction garnered $4,402, so the total amount raised during the Cinco de Mayo Extravaganza was $9,754.66.

    According to Mrs. Wilson, Casino Belize has kindly donated the proceeds of 13 King slot machines to Holy Cross during the month of May. Any monies earned by the 13 game machines will be graciously donated to the school. The machines are located on the North West side of the Casino’s first floor.

    For further information on Holy Cross, visit
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