News from Around Banderas Bay | June 2007
|Lazy Lizard Bingo Night - a SMASHING SUCCESS!|
JOY! - PVNN
With local celebrity Mama Dolores running the show, the Lazy Lizard's first Charity Bingo Night was a smashing success, raising $4500 pesos for the children at the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (R.I.S.E.).
|The Lazy Lizard's first Celebrity Charity Bingo Night was a SMASHING SUCCESS!|
|Mama is an impressive if somewhat intimidating presence, as Lazy Lizard owner Parry soon found out.|
|The moment Mama met the children can not be captured, however, a picture is worth a thousand words.|
|But soon the R.I.S.E. children and Mama were fast friends.|
|When Internationally acclaimed drag queen and self-proclaimed Blue Chairs Bingo Bitch, Ida Slapter, a.k.a. Shane, joined Mama and Parry, everyone got down to serious bingo business.|
|Alma from R.I.S.E. (shown here with Mama Dolores) won the very first BINGO game.|
|Alma from R.I.S.E. has promised to replace Mama's fan with a fabulous red fan to match her outfit - and hair!|
Lazy Lizard's Celebrity Charity Bingo on Thursday was a SMASHING SUCCESS! The place was so packed we ran out of chairs. We raised $4500 pesos, that's $1500 more than the R.I.S.E. monthly stipend from the government. YAY, what a grand beginning.
Everyone had a ripping good time, mostly thanks to the inimitable Mama Dolores who ran the show with alarming aplomb, a three foot long cigarette holder and a rather risqué fan with an impressive photo and the words 'Release Your Inner Diva' on it.
Sudy Coy, the R.I.S.E. fundraising Queen thought it said 'Relieve Your Inner David' (there were pleats in the fan and the photo, as I said, was impressive) her friend Alma, also from R.I.S.E., has promised to present Mama with a huge and fabulous new red fan to match her outfit, and hair.
Numbers are called in both languages, so Spanish speakers can join in too, and we English speakers can have fun learning our numbers. Parry explained we would be using beans to cover the card – this is Mexico after all.
Internationally acclaimed drag queen and self proclaimed Blue Chairs Bingo Bitch, Ida Slapter, aka Shane, stayed in PV to offer support, and anything else Mama might need, but Mama did just fine! (Bye Shane, hurry back from San Francisco, we miss you already!)
Sylvie from Canopy Los Veranos, who donated two fabulous tours for two people, was the first to win the free drink that goes to the first person in each game who marks off an 'L' for Lazy Lizard. Go Sylvie, WooHoo! How appropriate was that?
Indeed despite Mama's dreadful Nun jokes, the number of miracles that night left little doubt that the game was divinely supported - if not outright rigged. Beginning with Alma from R.I.S.E. winning the very first BINGO, and ending with the rain holding off until almost every last person had reluctantly left.
Just goes to show that good deeds don't go unnoticed! Continuing the BINGO karma, Banana Cantina owner, Debbie Egan, who has done so much to support R.I.S.E., won a Lazy Lizard L - and a BINGO game as well! Goodonya Debbie!
The night was filled with non-stop excitement I tell ya! One couple even got engaged! OK, so he popped the question earlier in the day, but they celebrated their engagement at The Lazy Lizard's BINGO night. Congratulations Gentry and Ariana.
It was a very emotional evening!
The children's concert was beyond adorable. I really don't know what the cow and train show was actually about, it didn't matter, you couldn't help but go 'awwww' and feel glad that you were helping to make a difference in the lives of these dear little ones.
Twenty-one children came from the Refugio to put on a show for us, and they did an awesome job. Everyone clapped along in the rock 'n roll segment – thanks heaps Gladis Ramirez from Manta, Diseños & Colores for making the dresses, Goodonya!
All kinds of wonderful people donated all kinds of wonderful things for prizes, from massages to breakfasts, chocolates to hair cuts. And with every game Mama gave away a two-for-one dinner at Mama Dolores - that one has a heart as big as her hair.
Len from Blu won a BINGO, and donated all the prizes back again! Classy bloke, Len. He spritzed up Mama's hair – it's not easy keeping a two foot beehive 'do' looking good whilst haranguing folk and calling BINGO numbers. But Len is an expert on making even the most beauty challenged look marvelous, as we'll find out next week when it's his turn to call the numbers and do the soon to be infamous halftime show.
He will be doing 'Beauty Interventions' between BINGO sets. Don't ask me what that means, I don't know, and frankly I'm too scared to ask. I just know he'll be doing it in five inch stilettos.
He gave me a little demo of how he will be helping various audience members upgrade their image, and I vowed at that moment to sit very quietly waaaaay in the back next week, that man could cut hair just using his tongue! Don't say I didn't warn you.
Remember all proceeds from the weekly Bingo games at the Lazy Lizard will go towards supporting the kids at the Refugio. It costs $5000 USD a month to run the R.I.S.E. house, but even though it costs $600 USD a month just to buy milk for all those kids, they get less than $300 USD per month from the government.
And though it only costs $10 pesos per game, or $60 pesos for a whole night of entertainment, BINGO night at the Lazy Lizard makes a world of difference to these children.
So come on out next week, brave Len, play a few games of BINGO, win some wonderful prizes, have a laugh, have a drink or some dinner, watch the sunset, get engaged, and do a good deed - whilst having a exceptionally entertaining time!
Thanks to the following for donating great prizes: A Little Boutique, Archie's Wok, Choco Banana, El Dorado, Freddie's Toucan, Lily's Massage, Canopy Tours de Los Veranos, Mama Dolores, Paris Café, PV Café, Toya's, We Be Sausage and Xoco Diva.
MAJOR kudos to the Magnificent Mama D, and many thanks to Parry and all of the staff at Lazy Lizard, who are working so hard to give our community the chance to help these children have a better life.
Don't miss BINGO Night every Thursday night between 7 pm and 9 pm at The Lazy Lizard on the beach next to La Palapa. Go put it on your calendar right now!
The children's concert was beyond adorable, making guests aware of the difference they were making in the lives of these dear little ones.
Banana Cantina owner, Debbi Egan, who has done so much to support R.I.S.E., won a Lazy Lizard L, AND a bingo game as well!
Everyone clapped along in the rock 'n roll segment – thanks heaps Gladis Ramirez from Manta, Diseños & Colores for making the dresses.
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