The Fundación MIR, this Saturday the 10th of August, treated more than 400 guests to a marvellous day of events and activities – starting with a tennis tournament at the La Terraza Tennis Club, followed by a golf tournament at the La Romana Country Club and closing with a magical dinner-dance at Minitas Beach.
The Fundación MIR based in La Romana runs 3 schools for more than 1500 students, who thanks to the support of the Casa de Campo community, philanthropic business owners and visitors from overseas, who all take part in these kind of events, are able to provide an outstanding education for those who otherwise may not have the opportunity.
With so much to enjoy in just one day, here we bring you an overview of the Fundación MIR Family Weekend for Life 2013 – with many more photos to be published soon!
Early on Saturday morning, the first activity of the Fundación MIR Family Weekend got underway with a sprightly group of enthusiastic tennis players battling it out at the La Terraza Tennis Club – all eager to be crowned the 2013 Fundación MIR Tennis Champion!
Taking part in the ladies division was Lyanne Azqueta, Executive Director of the Fundación MIR, as well as Ana Grande who owns Cabana fashion boutique in La Romana Country Club whose son, Charlie was the junior champion and as such also played alongside the ladies to make up the numbers (as the tournament was played in doubles).
Later in the day, 125 golfers gathered at the La Romana Country Club for the golf tournament. Lian Fanjul de Azqueta, Founder and President of the Fundación MIR officially started the tournament with a few words of thanks to the competing golfers, who included Casa de Campo villa owners, residents, visitors from Santo Domingo and abroad, as well as representatives of the many companies showing their support for the cause by sponsoring the event.
As is customary, golfers were able to relax between holes and enjoy a variety of treats provided by the sponsors such as mojitos by Ron Atlantico and Chivas Regal 18 on the rocks.
Welcomed along a candlelit walkway, and across the sand beneath swaying palm trees illuminated in the glow of the stars and the moon, more than 400 philanthropic guests, of which more than 130 were Italian, arrived to the final soiree of the Fundación MIR Family Weekend. With Tiffany & Co. once again the principal sponsor, guests were first greeted by a tempting array of Tiffany’s Blue Boxes – the “Mystery Blue Box Fundraiser” – with over US$50,000 of merchandise donated by Tiffany’s!
Before taking their seats at tables encircled by glowing palm trees set around the grand stage, participants greeted friends and family while enjoying a brindis of champagne, Chivas Regal 18 or Ron Atlantico… while also being tempted by the glow of the “Mystery Blue Boxes” on sale for US$300, which in fact proved so irresistable that they sold out within the first few hours of the occasion! Bravo for beautiful jewelry and giving to a good cause!
During dinner, both Lian Fanjul de Azqueta and Lyanne Azqueta took to the stage, and surrounded by pupils of the Fundación MIR Schools, thanked their guests with such warmth and passion, that there could be no doubt that these ladies and the cause they represent is making a big difference in the lives of the more than 1500 students currently being educated at the MIR schools… not to mention the countless others who, having graduated, have gone on to live successful lives. Among those whose life was turned around by the Fundación MIR was Juan Bernardo Rosario “Benny”, who in eloquent Spanish spoke of his experience at the Fundación MIR, and proudly announced that thanks to MIR and it’s innumerable supporters he has now successfully graduated as a medic.
The night continued with the prize-giving ceremony and lots of dancing under the stars – first with a live band and later with DJ Gringo from Miami!
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 Tecnica 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.FundacionMIR.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!