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America Developing Smiles de PR
“OLD BAGS FOR SMILES” PRESENTS A SILENT AUCTION OF VINTAGE AND DESIGNER BAGS TO SUPPORT CHILDREN IN NEED FROM BARRIO OBRERO –Proceeds will help build a roof for Maria Auxiliadora School’s playground and basketball court-
SAN JUAN, PR (October 27, 2011) – More than 100 of San Juan’s most stylish women donning the latest fashions from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Manolo, Prada, Jimmy Choo, and Ferragamo as well as this seasons “it” bags will converge at Maria De La Cruz’s home for an afternoon of fun, glamour, entertainment, and philanthropy as the Puerto Rico Chapter of America Developing Smiles presents its “Old Bags for Smiles” 2011 fundraiser, benefiting educational centers in Barrio Obrero. Event attendees will be able to enjoy a silent auction of gently used vintage and designer bags, cocktails, music entertainment a special tasting sponsored by Yaucono Liquer.
Founded in 2007, America Developing Smiles of PR is nonprofit, charitable foundation, committed to assisting impoverished communities in Puerto Rico through leadership, volunteerism, and fundraising activities. The organization has grown to include more than 50 women volunteers who organize fundraising programs to support basic and primary education in Maria Auxiliadora and Don Bosco Schools in Barrio Obrero and Cateras, Santurce, directly working on after-school and community outreach programs for at-risk children in underprivileged neighborhoods in the city of San Juan. The fundraising efforts of America Developing Smiles benefits more than 800 children per year in Puerto Rico, giving these children education, love, and hope for tomorrow.
“This year’s funds will help build a roof at Maria Auxiliadora’s school playground and basketball court, allowing children to play on sunny days and enabling the school to host intramural games for Barrio Obrero’s schools. This also helps kids stay on school grounds and
stay off the streets,” said Mariangel Gonzalez-Longo, President of America Developing Smiles of PR.
The 2011 Old Bags Steering Committee includes Maria De La Cruz and Jeannie Lewin, event co-chairs, and board members Mariangel Gonzalez-Longo, Annie Astor-Carbonell, Isis Longo, Bellisa Aquino, Maria De La Cruz, Sara Echevarria, Jeannie Lewin, Lucia Mendoza, Margarita Mendez, Caridad Fernandez, Mayling Fernandez, Mercy Short, Maricarmen Pont, Mary Rosales, and Margarita Suarez.
“Old Bags for Smiles” is a private event by invitation only. For information on the event, sponsorships, or involvement, please contact email@example.com or call (787) 603-9477.
About America Developing Smiles of PR:
In 2007, America Developing Smiles embarked on a labor of love to promote human development and help children and families in need in Puerto Rico. The organization has grown to include more than 50 women volunteers who organize fundraising programs for children’s educational centers in Puerto Rico and work directly on after-school and community outreach programs for at-risk children in underprivileged neighborhoods in the city of San Juan. Thus far, the fundraising efforts of America Developing Smiles has benefited more than 800 children per year in Puerto Rico, giving these children education, health, love, and hope for tomorrow. Our sister organization, America Developing Smiles of USA, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, was established in Miami in 1997 to help support educational centers in Latin America. America Developing Smiles of PR acts as the Puerto Rico chapter of ADSUSA.