October has brought us Snowbird season and more cruise ships coming into port. Our Local Show on Monday has started of with ever increasing numbers. We enjoy showing all our guests the interesting smells and flavors that Mexico has to offer. So if you’re in town, come and join us! Reservations are a must! Just go to our website for more information.
The cause for LELA in October was the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We had almost the double amount of shows comparing to September, so we were very happy to collect a total sum of $477 dollars!
In November we will be collecting for the Lupus Research Institute. This cause is very dear to our heart, because Dancing Chef Stephanie’s sister suffers from Lupus. Lupus is a chronic and often disabling autoimmune disease. Estimates indicate that more than 1.5 million Americans have lupus.
The Lupus Research Institute (LRI) is the only nonprofit organisation in the US that’s dedicated to research in lupus. It was founded in 2000 by people with this devastating illness and their families in collaboration with the country’s leading scientists. LRI sends nearly 94 cents of every dollar contributed straight to the scientists in their laboratories searching for answers to lupus.
During each month we always come in contact with people who have a special interest in the cause for LELA. It’s very rewarding to see impact LELA has. The more money we raise, the closer we get to finding a cure for Lupus.
Dancing Chef Maaike
September has always been famous for being a quite season in Mazatlan. If you take a walk through the city streets, you’ll see restaurants shut down for the month, or hotels under renovation. The heat keeps locals indoors, sheltered from the burning (yet humid) weather that is the September Heat in Mazatlan.
Mexican Nationals have all returned back to their homes from “Summer Vacations” and Mazatlan goes under a slow, but steady facelift for the upcoming “Snowbird Season”, where all the Canadians and Americans fly south to escape the winter blues.
Our guests have felt the heat this season – jump onto our facebook page to see some fun photos of our Dancing Chefs making the most of the Mazatlan heat! Being a slow month, little Lela’s contribution this month was lower than any other month, but we were still pleasantly surprised at her strength. Even with only 8 shows, she managed to raise $195USD, all of which, has found its way to Survival International.
Next month’s cause has been chosen. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) will be Lela’s cause for the month of October. JDRF was started back in 1970 by a group of parents of children with type 1 diabetes. Their mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Since their inception they have funded $1.4 billion to research around the world. They are also the world’s leading charitable funders of diabetes research. If you have or know someone with diabetes, please post the link to this blog entry on your Facebook, Twitter or MySpace, and share the knowledge with others. The more donations we raise, the closer we get to finding a cure.
Until JDRF contacted us, I had never really known the seriousness of diabetes…you always hear of someone with diabetes, or read food labels and magazine articles, but it shocked me to see how many people suffer from the complications that come with having diabetes. I wanted to share with you some interesting facts regarding diabetes :
The Scope of Diabetes
• Nearly 24 million Americans have diabetes (7.8 percent of the population):
• Diagnosed: 17.9 million
• Undiagnosed: 5.7 million
• As many as three million Americans may have type 1 diabetes.
• Diabetes currently affects 285 million people worldwide and is expected to affect 435 million by 2030.
• In the U.S., a new case of diabetes is diagnosed every 30 seconds; more than 1.6 million people are diagnosed each year.
We are pleased to announce that Lela’s donation made it to Nashville! For the month of May, we collected donations for victims of the Nashville Floods. We chose ‘Hands on Nashville’ as the charity that received the donation.
Our contact in Nashville was the lovely and very helpful Shannon Finnegan Scott, who as we had mentioned on the tour, works at Cannon Productions (Production Coordinator). When we chose Nashville, we didn’t know where to start…we thought of Kenny Chesney (lol) and eventually found our way to Shannon. We told her about Lela, and she was more than happy to help and be our person in Nashville 🙂
‘Hands on Nashville’ is an organization that Shannon supports and so we looked at it and they do wonderful things, so Shannon was sent the check and she arranged a meet with Brian Williams, the Executive Director at Hands On Nashville. Brian was delighted to hear about Lela and the kindness you all showed with your donations.
We thank everyone for their generosity! We raised $457USD for Nashville, so give yourselves all a big round of applause!! We have reconstructed our Lela Page, so be sure to have a quick look! Also, all Lela photos from June onwards will be posted on the Salsa and Salsa Business Listing Page, so if you haven’t added it to your ‘LIKES’ on Facebook, be sure to click on it so view the pictures and tag yourselves.
June has been a busssssssssy month for us, with Father’s Day, my trip to the WSOP in Las Vegas and the growing crowds at the Salsa Tour, we are getting more photos than ever (which we absolutely LOVE!), we have lots to share with you. Look forward to a few more blog posts this week with some guests photos and some exciting news we have that we are waiting to announce 😉
For those who have yet to visit our new website, we have a section on there about LELA, our donation Pig. Her mission is to collect 250,000 paracetamol tablets and send them to where they are needed most. Every time we have ships docked in port, we bring her out and people give what they can to help her reach her goal. If you haven’t seen her in action, take a quick peek at our Facebook Lela Album, where we have over 150 photos of people donating and holding (and recently kissing!) little Lela.
Lela is an integral part of our tour. It’s our way of “giving back”…
Since January 2010, we have collected nearly $1000USD from guests who have donated to each worthy cause.
Jan 14 – Feb 27 donations went to Haiti (after the devastating earthquake there)
Feb 28 – April 6 donations going to Chile (a personal cause, as I was born there and have most of my family there…)
April 7 donations going to West Virginia (a horrible mining accident killed a total of 29 miners)
April 8 – present donations going to Chile (so much work and help is still needed there…we just don’t hear about it anymore)
We have been lucky enough to find a contact for each cause. For Haiti, we had a lovely young lady named Kara Telesmanick join the tour back in March and found out she had been working in Haiti with children when the earthquake happened. Kara was on a mission of her own, to help undernourished children with the CNP (Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti). Have a quick look at the You Tube video for what they are about 😉 (**a special thanks to Laura Lindroth for her help and attention**)
We are proud to say we raised a total of $413USD for Haiti and look forward to sharing photos with you in relation to the kids in Haiti.
Here are Salsa and Salsa, we try our hardest to give back and ask that if you have friends or relatives that are able to donate, that you send them the link to this blog post 🙂 The more people that are aware of these disasters, the more help each cause will receive.
Leonique reminded me the day the Haiti donation was made, that we should take a moment out of our busy schedules to remember those who had passed on from each disaster. I had plans to go out for my friends birthday, and as I sat there in a nice fancy restaurant, looking at my fancy food and drinking my fancy wine, Leonique’s words echoed in my head and I took a moment to be grateful for what I had…sometimes we take for granted the simple things.
Thanks to all those who have helped make Lela the Pig such a great success. Donations online are always welcome and appreciated. We will keep you always informed as to her paracetamol count, available on the bottom left hand corner of our website!