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Archive for August, 2010

Guest Photos for Aug 2010

We always encourage guests of Salsa and Salsa to send us their fun pictures from the tour. I’ve been collecting them for quite some time, so rather than have them sitting in a folder in my computer, I thought “I should share these fun pics!”

So here they are! I think it’ll be fun to post these every so often and share the fun times with you all.

I am a total photo junkie!! I love taking photos, I love receiving photos and I love looking back at them from time to time…brings back some fond memories. Just the other day, I was looking at some old school photos…who still has theirs?!!
Thanks to social networks such as WordPress and Facebook, I’m able to stay in touch with some school friends, work friends and just people I have befriended over the years.

Be sure to keep sending those pictures! Our newsletter always has a contest, with the photo contest being a rotating visitor. This month was a photo contest and we received a whopping 50 photos for past guests! Make sure you have signed up to our newsletter to find out who the winners were 😉 The winners will also be posted on the website’s photo gallery.

August has been very eventful for us. More on that next week, but needless to say, we announced our expansion to Cozumel this month and everything has been go go go! It’s all very exciting, and we can’t wait to bring you more news regarding our move to the popular Mayan Riviera!

Our contact email for Cozumel is salsacozumel@gmail.com, so feel free to email us if you will be on a cruise in the Mayan Riviera!


Lela the Donating Pig helps PIGS in Shepherdstown, WV

Lela does it again.  She found some relatives in West Virginia that needed some help!  The month of August was dedicated to raising donations for an animal sanctuary named PIGS, A Sanctuary.

We had a lot of fun taking pictures and receiving donations from all our guests.  You can find all the pictures for the month of August by <clicking here>.

Donation to PIGS from Lela

Founded in 1992, PIGS is a place of refuge for abused, abandoned, neglected and unwanted animals.  They specialize in the care of potbellied pigs and farm pigs, but shelter other farm and domestic animals as well.  The Sanctuary currently provides a safe haven for approx. 400 animals, including pigs, horses, cats, dogs, goats and many other animals.  Considering August was a slow month (our low season) we were pleasantly surprised when we opened little Lela up and found $213USD!!  It’s amazing to think we got that from 8 shows!!  Thank you to everyone.  The folks at PIGS are very grateful for your loving generosity.

September’s Lela cause will be supporting the group SURVIVAL. For more information on the group please visit :

www.survival-international.org


A letter to Danny

Dear Danny,

We did it!  On Thursday we opened up our donating pig, Lela.  Our Monthly ritual of opening little Lela has become an exciting part of our routine.  Leonique and I play a guessing game, as to how much Lela has collected for the month.  As you know, Lela was collecting for your Danny Did Foundation.  Your uncle and Executive Director of the Foundation, Tom Stanton,  has been a great help, thanks to him, we were able to make this happen.  He sent us an article regarding SUDEP and Epilepsy, which I’m sure you would find interesting.

The NY Times published an article regarding the death of a young teenage boy (he was 19…) due to SUDEP.  Just like yourself, he was taken at a young age.   The article raises several alarming issues regarding the stigma of SUDEP, how it is considered controversial for a doctor to mention it to his patient unless the patient is a high-risk candidate, as it may ‘burden‘ the patient.  Maybe if it was mandatory for doctor’s to mention it and make families aware of the issue, we might find less occurrences.   The article is a good read and very informative and we have posted it below.  Also, the resources page on the Danny Did website is a great source of information for those who need answers to their questions regarding Epilepsy.

We are doing what we can in raising awareness through social media and through our donations page and we hope that past guests and future guests will continue spreading the word.   We hope the little we donate this month will help someone, somewhere and give them a little more hope than they had yesterday 🙂  Your smile gave us courage to speak up and tell people that something needs to be done.

Daniel George Stanton (2005-2009) and still making a difference.

Here is the link to the article on SUDEP : http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/health/27epil.html

We are so so happy to say we collected $305USD for the Danny Did Foundation.  These donations were made by cruise passengers from the Mariner of the Seas and Carnival Splendor.  We had a total of 8 ships this month, so considering the majority of the donations are $1’s or the occasional $5, that’s an amazing accomplishment.

We had so many passengers come up to us and shake our hands, telling us they had a brother, or sister, or friend with Epilepsy and that raising awareness was so so important.  So thank you Danny…thank you for giving us the opportunity to touch so many people’s lives, thank you for being there and thank you for having found your way into our hearts.

Danny, we hope that wherever you are, you are smiling, laughing, playing and seeing what an effect your life has made on so many lives.  You can see the happiness here, a collection of pictures of everyone who donated to Lela the donating Pig for the month of July.

Best wishes,

TWO DANCING CHEFS

Pamela and Leonique

http://salsaandsalsa.com