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“OLD BAGS FOR SMILES” PRESENTS A SILENT AUCTION OF VINTAGE AND DESIGNER BAGS TO SUPPORT CHILDREN IN NEED FROM BARRIO OBRERO

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Mariangel Gonzalez-Longo

America Developing Smiles de PR

adspr@mac.com

787-603-947

“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 adspr@mac.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.

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Special Projects

America Developing Smiles de Puerto Rico has developed different initiatives, seeking the support of private and governmental organizations, and the non for profit sector.  ADSPR looks for these supports in order to help fund its after school workshops and its programs.  It strengthens its labor through cooperative alliances and the natural synergy of support.

America Developing Smiles organizes workshops to promote improvement and personal as well spiritual development of its volunteers.

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Donations are deductible at 100%!

The tax reform of 2011 introduced significant changes for individuals and corporations who want to make donations to nonprofit organizations.

100% of donations paid during the taxable year may be considered nondeductible contributions on your return.

To qualify:

Eligible organizations must be classified as non-profit entity by the Department of Finance.
Individuals may deduct 100% of donations made up 50% of your adjusted gross income
Corporations and companies may deduct 100% of donations made up 10% of your income

Art Projects

We’ve joined initiatives to promote the different expressions of the arts. Studies have demonstrated that from an early age, children benefit from cognitive process of development, and improving their writing, reading and comprehension skills.

With “Arts and Smiles”, our in-house arts program of early intervention for children and young teens at risk, we seek to prevent juvenile delinquency and other difficult social problems.

Community Impact

The new basketball court of the school Maria Auxiliadora, inaugurated in 2013 at a cost of $170,000, promotes the healthy recreation and entertainment in the school’s children and youngsters. It supports the school-community integration as well as the preventive policy and elements of social control.

We join our efforts in the promotion of projects and recreational activities which advance recreational habits in the community, within an educational framework of joy and fun, as well as through healthy, entertaining and satisfactory processes toward the increase in learning and an improved social and cultural human growth.