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On Friday, February 18th, a wonderful soirée was held at the Minitas Beach Club in celebration of the funds raised throughout the year for the Hogar del Niño which will help the organization to continue providing education and care to hundreds of children in La Romana.
Hosted each year by Xiomara Menéndez, the founder of the Patronato Benéfico Oriental (umbrella organization to the Hogar del Niño) with her husband Ramón Menéndez, the exclusive Adopt a Crib cocktail party is a way to thank the generous Casa de Campo residents and villa owners who support the “Adopt a Crib” program, which enables the daycare and educational facility in La Romana to care for more than 200 babies in their “crib room” (la sala de cuna) every day, as well as a total of more than 1700 youngsters.
Starting at 7 pm, guests flowed steadily into the party until it felt like the entire Casa de Campo community was present. Welcome cocktails and hors d’oeuvre were presented to the guests as they entered the Minitas Beach Club terrace. It is at times like these when the unity and love shared among our Casa de Campo community really shines when people of different nationalities, cultures, and languages come together in support of a cause that is striving to improve the future of the Dominican Republic, that we feel most proud and honored to be part of this beautiful group of giving caring people.
As donors of the Adopt A Crib scheme, every single person in attendance donates at least US$1,000 every year to the cause, with many more making considerably more generous donations. When Casa de Campo villa owner Phyllis Berney founded the Adopt a Crib scheme in 1998, she did so with such passion and conviction that it is now the Hogar del Niño’s most successful fundraising endeavor.
If you are interested in creating a named fund or joining the legacy club, please get in touch with the Hogar del Nino. It is a lasting way of investing in the future of this great town which many of us are proud to call home and which has brought us all such happiness over the years.
The following collection of photos was taken during the Adopt A Crib dinner on Friday, February 18th at Minitas Beach Club:
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1700 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 5:30 am and staying as late as 7 pm.
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.