By Tamarindo News Staff
CEPIA had loftier goals than usual with its 7th annual Black & White Party that took place last month at Pangas Restaurant. While hundreds of guests enjoyed a lovely dinner in their best black and white outfits, the money raised from the entrance fee, silent auction, and sale of handmade Christmas ornaments was earmarked to help more than 650 children.
The number of needy kids was a lot higher this year because of those displaced and otherwise affected by Tropical Storm Nate. CEPIA will use the money raised from their benefit to buy Christmas gifts for those children not covered by donated gifts from people who pulled names off Christmas trees in the area’s different business locations and at the party. The gifts will be presented to the children at CEPIA’s annual Christmas party this month.
“Even with the 15 Christmas trees with the name of kids on the card, every year we still need to buy more gifts,” said Laetitia Deweer CEPIA founder and Vice President. “This year we need to get 652 gifts. The money also covers school supplies for 450 children and 200 of them have the supplies paid by the money raised by Tamarindo Cares online page.”
Deweer explained that a highlight of this year’s Black & White party was bigger and more beautiful prizes and music by DJ Stephen Denton.
“I think the party has become very famous, where people come to dance, get to dress elegantly. People come from all over the area, not just Tamarindo, but also Flamingo and Potrero. There’s a really good mix of people. A lot of people who never go out come to our party. Everyone wants to help,” she concluded.