Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Artful fundraising

August 31, 2012

Stacey Auch |  Special to The Tico Times

From the print edition

Two very different events – a bingo game with dim sum and an artistic chair auction – will raise funds for children in Costa Rica. Both take place Sept. 1 beginning at 6 p.m. 

The game of bingo over buffet-style dim sum will take place at Wong’s Chinese Restaurant, located on the Cuesta de Moras in front of the Plaza de la Democracia. Attendees will also enjoy music, dance and other games. The event honors Costa Rican Tatiana Schmidt’s grandmother, who passed away two years ago. 

“I come from Chinese immigrants to Costa Rica and my grandmother, Doña Josefa, was well known in Limón for helping low-income families with projects and for always having delicious food on hand,” Schmidt said. “I decided to honor her hard work.” 

Schmidt and her friends use the funds raised to support Comida para Todos, which organizes Festivals of Happiness parties with toys and food for children in low-income areas. If enough money is raised, it will also go toward repairing homes in the slum neighborhood Santa Rita in Alajuela. Tickets are ₡10,000 ($20). Reserve at 8629-7051.

The second fundraising event, an auction of “Sensational Chairs,” takes place at the Children’s Museum and includes 55 artists from the Costa Rican and expat communities. 

The artists have transformed over 60 chairs into art to be auctioned at the Women’s Club of Costa Rica’s annual Night at the Museum fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the group’s libraries in primary schools and scholarships for university students.

The event features a silent and live auction of the chairs and several dozen other prizes including airline tickets, hotel accommodations, spa certificates and dinner packages. Attendees can enjoy live music during the auctions with bocas from several local restaurants and wine included. 

The doors open at 6 p.m. and the silent auction will run until 8:15 p.m. The live auction will begin at 8:30. Tickets are ₡15,000 ($30). Make reservations at 8916-9525 or 2268-0975. See details at www.WCCR.org.

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