Every year the Hogar del Niño fundraising weekend just keeps getting better and better! And this year the celebration which was “conservation themed” (with some breathtaking decorations) and dedicated to the Hogar del Niño’s “Zona Verde”, an informal education pavilion where the children participate in extracurricular activities such as drama and music – was sensational!
The 15th Hogar del Niño Fundraising Weekend took place on Friday and Saturday the 17th and 18th of February, the annual event celebrated in Casa de Campo is the Hogar del Niño’s principle fundraising effort with numerous fun sporting activities for all the family, as well as a dinner-dance celebration. The money raised during this event goes towards the everyday running costs of the extensive daycare and educational facility, which cares for 1500 children and young adults from La Romana area everyday – as well as this year to fund further development of the “Zona Verde” facility.
With so many fun events and activities taking place in just 2 days, we had a great time taking more than 1,000 photos – so here we bring you an overview of the entire event, with many many more photos coming soon!
There is no better way to inspire support and love for a project than by showcasing it – and so for the Hogar del Niño, the Casa de Campo community tour was an excellent opportunity to show-off what it is that the facility does for the La Romana community and the lucky children included in the program. There is no doubt that those Casa de Campo villa owners who attended the tour left enchanted with and impressed by the Hogar del Niño, a charity which is making a difference to the greater La Romana community in so many ways.
Photo credit: Tania Evans
Following 2 weeks of heated tournament rounds, the final of the Hogar del Niño polo tournament took place on Friday the 17th of February, between polo teams “La Potranca” and “KIWI.” The exciting game came to an end with “La Potranca” crowned the winners of the Hogar del Niño Polo Cup – a victory we all celebrated with a few drinks and a prize giving ceremony!
The 2nd ‘Maraton MTB’ organised by the Cañeros bike club ran by Casa de Campo villa owner Simon Lopez took place bright and early on Saturday morning the 18th of February, with 72 Casa de Campo villa owners and biking fanatics pedaling off on a route around Casa de Campo! A wheel-away success!
Numerous energized matches took place on the Tennis courts of the La Terraza Tennis Club, where many Casa de Campo villa owners participated, showcasing their sporting prowess whilst contributing to the cause. The tennis tournament, divided into men’s and ladies categories took place in the morning – allowing for some super-sporting Casa de Campo villa owners to also take part in the golf tournament or the Zumba Master Class!
As Casa de Campo is the “World’s Leading Golf Resort”, it’s not surprising that one of the most popular activities of the Hogar del Niño weekend was the golf tournament! Nearly 200 Casa de Campo villa owners and golf aficionados turned out for the fun tournament and even enjoyed a few beers and cocktails in between shots!
Zumba, Casa de Campo’s new health and fitness obsession was included in the line-up of events and activities for the first time this year – and given it’s overwhelming popularity we can expect it to become a regular addition! Most popular among the females of Casa de Campo – the Zumba Master Class attracted quiet a crowd of lycra-clad, booty-shaking ladies!
For the residents and villa owners of Casa de Campo, who took part in the Hogar del Niño weekend, the dinner-dance party at the La Romana Country Club was the perfect ending to a fantastic and fun-filled event! With dinner, dancing, a prize-giving ceremony and a number of other rather exciting surpises – this was a night to remember!
“La Zona Verde” – conservation theme and recycling!
As this year’s event was dedicated to the “Zona Verde”, the Hogar del Niño’s informal education pavilion where the children participate in extracurricular activities such as drama and music, the theme for the dinner-dance at the La Romana Country Club was “conservation and recycling.” ALL the decorations were created using plastic bags and bottles, card board, glass, paper, newspapers and magazines – the effect was breathtaking!
Some of these recycled art-pieces were so beautiful that in the auction at the end of the evening the most impressive pieces were sold for upwards of USD$800 – including a dress designed by Jenny Polanco created from old plastic bags, which was bought by Ivonna Sosa for USD$1,000!
An important announcement – the “Sports and Cultural Project”
Last year’s Hogar del Niño fundraising weekend was dedicated to the “Sports and Cultural Project”, an initiative, which through the construction of a sports stadium, will provide the Hogar del Niño’s students as well as the La Romana community, with a safe place to enjoy both sports and cultural events. A year later, following continued fundraising efforts, Xiomara Matos, president of the foundation was thrilled to announce that construction of the sports stadium is now underway!
The Hogar del Niño
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1500 children, located in La Romana town, just outside of Casa de Campo. Children from as young as just a few weeks old up to 18 years old are cared for and educated daily, from as early as 5:30am and staying as late as 7pm.
The organization also provides special schooling to over 75 hearing impaired and blind children, as well as a vocational school where over 235 students receive classes in different areas like: sewing; industrial preparation, installation and electrical maintenance; plumbing and management of computer office programs.