On Friday, December 29th, Mrs. Emilia and J.Pepe Fanjul hosted their traditional annual cocktail at their oceanside Casa de Campo estate, Casa Grande, where guests were welcomed with live music. This event is held in support of the Fundación MIR and the Hogar del Niño where the funds raised will be split equally between both institutions.
As in past years, the elegant occasion started at 6.30pm, at which time those who arrived promptly were treated to the most spectacular view of the sunset. They were received by a group of adorable children telling them about the raffle that would be happening during the night. Coming into the terrace attendees enjoyed an endless stream of drinks, whilst they mingled outside in starlit terrace and talked about what they had done so far during the holiday season. Waiters passed by constantly making sure that nobody had their glasses empty as well as offering delicious hors d’oeuvre catered by the resort.
At around 8:30 pm, J.Pepe Fanjul got up on the podium and served as the animated master of ceremony, and opened a “call from the Heart” where several guests donated money for the charities followed by the raffle where lucky winners went home with their beautiful prizes. It was a magnificent time all in favour of two beautiful local charities.
The funds raised during the cocktail have contributed greatly to the development of the Fundación MIR and Hogar del Niño programs, whose mission is to help children and families in La Romana, identifying and attending to their needs, through Education services and their programs.
The following collection of photos were taken by Mairobi Herrera during the Benefit Cocktail 2018, at Casa Grande, Casa de Campo:
The Fundación MIR is a non-profit organization which works to provide education to the children of the greater La Romana area, who are most in need. They run 3 schools; the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school), the Escuela Técnica Vocacional Fundación MIR (girls vocational school) and the Primaria MIR (infants school).
For more information on the Fundación MIR and to make a donation, visit their website: www.mirinternational.org
To make a donation contact the MIR office in Casa de Campo (809-523-8270) or in West Palm Beach (561-366-5095). Donations are tax deductible for US Citizens!
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.