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Hotel La Rosa hosts the Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica

Posted by in Hotel Blog | July 10, 2014

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 FUNDRAISING FOR COSTA RICAN SCHOOLS

As a significant business in the local community of Barrio San Jose de Alajuela, the Staff and Ownership of Hotel La Rosa de America take our Corporate Stewardship and ethical responsibilities very seriously.  We are involved in a number of environmental benefit programs and also educational programs.  We feel strongly that to affect meaningful change, one must start in the classroom.  A classroom needs to be supplied with both ethical instruction, and with suitable materials and infrastructure.

Raising money for a good cause. Raffle tent with donations from Local organizations

Raffle tent with donations from local organizations

Recently, responding to a request from the Asociacion Caritativa Canadiense for volunteer assistance, our Costa Rica Airport Hotel offered to help organize and fund a 100 person benefit luncheon at the hotel.  The objective of the fundraiser – to raise money to help repair and upgrade the most poorly maintained schools in Costa Rica.  With the recent prolonged education strike and Government of Costa Rica funding problems, we felt that the time was very appropriate to offer a little light into a beleaguered sector of Costa Rican social and educational responsibility.

The response was heartening.  On a very positive note, the tickets, which were sold for 12,000 colones each were purchased in almost equal measure by Canadian Expats

The Owner of La Rosa was the Master of Ceremonies for the fundraiser

La Rosa Owner, Robert Hick as Master of Ceremonies

and local Ticos.  For us this is very important as gaining local involvement is ultimately the key to lasting success.  All proceeds from ticket sales were donated to the fundraiser.  Also, there were a number of raffles, local business donations, and items for purchase – many items being donated by members of the Canadian Club of Costa Rica.

The event was well enjoyed by all and there were many activities and options for the guests to do.  Besides “shopping” in the big tent set up for this purpose, guests could go swimming, sunbathing, walk the beautiful grounds of the hotel, sit and watch the FIFA football (soccer) game or simply sit around and talk or of course eat!  La Rosa provided a full buffet for the event with a mix of Canadian and Costa Rican items including favorites such as Barbecue baked beans, Poutine for the French Canadians (!!) and Arroz con Pollo.  Salads, appetizers, finger food, canapes, juice and of course lots of desserts rounded out the offering.  A cash bar offered beers, wines, various pops, water and of course La Rosa Sangria!

Ms Drukier thanking the members of the Asociacion Caricativa Canadiense

Ms Drukier thanking the ACC members

We were honoured to have the opportunity to host the Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica,  Madam Wendy Drukier as well.   In a relaxed and fun atmosphere, Ms Drukier first ascended  the pre-prepared “soap box” to give her welcoming speech and then again to oversee the first Raffle Draw.  In her speech to the guests, Ms Drukier extended her thanks to all the board members of the Asociacion Caritativa Canadiense (ACC) for their thoughtful and tireless hard work on behalf of others who are more needy.

Items for sale during the Luncheon for fundraising

Local items donated for the fundraiser

La Rosa Staff were proud to be a part of such an event and to see so many people, local and foreign willing to help causes that were not directly their own, was a real

Ms Wendy Drukier Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica at La Rosa

Ms Drukier leading the Raffle!

positive learning experience for them.  This was the first time Hotel staff have had to manage not only a full hotel, but also host 100 extra people for the day.  From the Owner’s perspective they showcased their naturally friendly Costa Rican heritage well, and provided for a very meaningful and successful event.

This event raised thousands of dollars for the ACC school improvement projects around the country.  We hope that this event can be repeated again next year… except with even more people attending!

Thank you to all who helped make this event a success.

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