A benefit party held in the U.S. has raised more than $6,000USD for the San Pedro Foundation (SPF). Â Many of those living in Belize are not nationals, and come to the country because of its beautiful scenery and relaxing atmosphere. With the community in mind, Ken and Jenny Osterman from Martinsville, New Jersey, held a Friends of Belize (FOB) party to raise money for a good cause.
Hosting the event at their neighborhood swimming pool in Martinsville, the Ostermans invited everyone whoÂd ever visited them in Belize where theyÂve had a home since 1991. Â Other guests to the event included acquaintances whoÂve heard the couple talk about Belize for the past couple of decades, and overall, 60 people were in attendance. Â Kelly McGuire, a musician, sang for three hours at the event and kindly donated 20% of all shirts and CD sales to SPF.Â He also auctioned off hats, shirts and CDs to raise more money. Â In addition, singer and harmonica player, John Haney, joined the entertainment to create an even livelier event.
With a huge amount of food on offer, including tomatillo salsa, guacamole, potato salad, rice and beans, barbecued chicken and quesadillas, the attendees at the event were well catered for. Â Free-will donations reached a total of $6,100USD, which is the equivalent of around $12,200BZD.
The money is for the SPF; a non-profit organization that was formed in 1993 by Belize Yacht Club property owners Hank and May Agler from Indiana. Â Registered with the Belize Government, the organization helps youngsters who want to continue their education after they reach 16 years old. Â Whilst Hank sadly passed away in 2008, Mary still takes an active interest in the foundation, alongside Jenny and Ken who have been on the board for nearly two decades. Â Each scholarship is worth $320BZD and lasts for two years, so the latest injection of cash will fund a number of youngsters who strive for a better education. Â Since it was founded, the SPF has provided 13 students with scholarship money.
The FOB event shows just how much people care for San Pedro and continue to strive to help the community in any way they can. Â The $6,100USD will be hugely welcomed by the SPF and can help several more students for years to come.