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Many of us have discovered a strong sense of community here on Banderas Bay, some for the very first time. If you're from a metropolis where technology reigns supreme and the words "next-door neighbor" and "stranger" are synonymous, you'll find this a refreshing environment where people matter.

Working side by side with our new neighbors to achieve common goals is an ideal way to learn about the culture and make friends while giving back to the community which embraces us.

On these pages you’ll learn about the various local charities and how you can get involved. With a multitude of opportunities here to flex philanthropic muscles, you can find out for yourself that it truly does feel as good to give as it does to receive!


‘So, You Think You Can RISE’ Grand Finale Raised Much Needed Funds

Teatro Vallarta was buzzing with excitement as the Grand Finale of ‘So, You Think You Can RISE’ took place on Sunday, February 18. In addition to witnessing the debut of fresh local talent, the crowd pledged a total of $55,000 USD for the RISE Children’s Shelter, with a matching $20,000 from a local business that made it possible.

IFC Valentine’s Day Raffle Raised $97,500 MXN for Local Charities

The International Friendship Club's (IFC) 2024 Día de la Amistad / Valentine's Day 50/50 Raffle Fundraiser culminated with total ticket sales of $148,000 pesos. They conducted a live drawing at the IFC clubhouse on Valentine's Day which resulted in $74,000 pesos in prize money being distributed to three lucky winners.

Brandon Broadwell Takes the What A Drag Stage as ‘Barbie Q’

This week, the What a Drag spotlight is on Brandon Broadwell, a resident of Denver, CO, who, along with his wife, divides his time between Denver and Vallarta. Sponsored by Kim Kieler Properties, Brandon is set to dazzle the audience with help from his Fairy Drag Mother, Javier Martinez, a hair stylist at Thomas Simon Salon.

ANA’s Rock the River FUN-raiser at La Huerta BBQ, March 12

Mark your calendars for the Amapas Neighborhood Association's (ANA) Rock the River FUN-raiser, set to take place on Tuesday, March 12 from 2-6 pm at La Huerta BBQ (formerly El Rio BBQ). Come out and enjoy a wonderful afternoon of tasty BBQ, great dancing music, cold beers and margaritas, and lots of fun - all for a good cause!

Alexander A Salon Charity Fashion Show to Support Casa Esperanza

Alexander Daoud, owner of Alexander A Salon in Plaza Marina, is hosting his seventh live Charity Fashion Show at the CasaMagna Marriott Resort & Spa to support Casa Esperanza, our local shelter for at-risk women and their children. Save the date, Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 12:15 pm and join us!

Rich Jeanneau Shines as ‘Mama Rich’ in ‘What A Drag’ Fundraiser

What a Drag, set to be held on March 3 at Teatro Vallarta, will feature some of Puerto Vallarta's bravest straight men vying for the ‘Miss What A Drag’ crown to raise funds for the Casa Esperanza Women's Shelter. This week's contestant's spotlight is on Canada's Rich Jeanneau, sponsored by Elengorn Realtors.

Amigos de La Cruz Kids Club Fundraiser Promises Fun and Impact

The annual Amigos de La Cruz Kids Club fundraiser returns on February 29th with a night packed with entertainment, delicious food, and the chance to make a real difference in children's lives. Adding to the festive atmosphere will be the beloved BLOND GYPSIES, serenading guests with their special brand of music.

Entreamigos Children’s Art Festival, New Saturday Tours

There are lots of exciting things to do at Entreamigos, an active community center whose primary focus is to increase educational opportunities for the children of San Pancho. In this month's newsletter, learn about the XVII Children's Art Festival, guided tours and more.

A Powerful Female Lineup Comes Together for What A Drag

Some of Banderas Bay's most beloved singers are set to join forces for a special event; What A Drag. Scheduled to take place on March 3 at Teatro Vallarta, attendees can expect an evening filled with music, glamour, humor, and heartfelt generosity as they rally behind families affected by domestic violence.

Mau Jiba Participating in ‘What A Drag’ for PV Women’s Shelter

In a weekly spotlight on the courageous contenders of this year's 'What A Drag' event, straight men are embracing a dazzling transformation into enchanting drag personas. This week, let's acquaint ourselves with Mau Jiba, a proud resident of Puerto Vallarta sponsored by Nacho Daddy, where he graces the stage weekly.