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Bid 4 Boquete - Kick Off Volunteer Meeting

Groups & OrganizationsFor the sixth year of Chiriqui’s biggest charity fundraiser, Bid 4 Boquete, will kick off with a volunteer meeting in September. Volunteers representing the Panamanian, expat, and indigenous populations once again are banding together to raise money to support charitable and civic organizations in the greater Boquete area. The two-day event, supported by Major Sponsor Banco General, is scheduled for February 9-10, 2013. Corporate sponsors to date are Casa Solution and Chiriqui Storage.

The gala weekend begins on Saturday, Feb 9 with a sale of high-end clothing and household goods, as well as a fine art and jewelry sale, followed that night by an elegant wine tasting and live auction. All Saturday events will be at the Boquete Community Players building.

Sunday is the day for the annual big sale at the fairgrounds featuring a silent auction, a venta de patio of clothing and household goods The sixth year of Chiriqui’s biggest charity fundraiser, Bid 4 Boquete, has kicked off with a, children’s activities, raffles, and the sale of food, drinks, plants, and baked goods.

Event directors Penny Barrett, Anayansi Menendez, and Bonnie Williams report that work has been ongoing since the last event and that over $23,000 worth of auction items have been received to date, as well as $9800 in cash donations. All items are available for immediate sale under the “Buy It Now” feature. Items up for bids can be viewed on the Auction Gallery Album.

Items to be auctioned include jewelry, original art, professional and personal services, hotel stays, restaurant certificates, personally-prepared meals, fishing trips, household items, tourist and outdoor attractions, and many more. A list of items currently up for auction can be found on Bid 4 Boquete’s website, www.bid4boquete.com. Already over $1500 worth of items have been sold with the “Buy It Now” program.

Businesses and service providers receive advertising through Bid 4 Boquete’s web page, auction gallery, and other promotional activities. Persons with unused clothing and household goods are encouraged to donate them to Bid 4 Boquete.

Proceeds from all activities benefit five major organizations: Amigos de Animales de Boquete (spay and neuter clinics for dogs and cats), Buenos Vecinos de Boquete (food outreach for elderly, handicapped, and impoverished persons), Club de Leones de Boquete (a leading force behind the establishment and furnishing of the new Boquete library), Fundacion Pro-Integracion Handicap Center (services for area handicapped individuals), and the Rotary Club (student scholarships and support of area schools).

In February 2012 Bid 4 Boquete raised over $70,000. Sixty thousand dollars was divided among the major beneficiaries, and seven thousand dollars in mini-grants were awarded to seven other local organizations: Alto al Crimen (crime fighting), Biblioteca de Boquete (library), Knitters and Natters (handmade blankets and hats for indigenous infants), Loco por Leer (literacy), ReAl Boquete (recycling), the Santa Lucia Children’s Camp (scholarships for children from the orphanage) and the 20-30 Club of Boquete (a variety of charitable activities).

Area residents are encouraged to visit the Bid 4 Boquete website to learn more about this umbrella organization and how you can help. Contact Bid 4 Boquete at bid4boquete@gmail.com.

We welcome all newcomers at our kickoff volunteer meeting on Tuesday, September 18, 2 pm at the Oasis Hotel Restaurant.

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