ROTARY STARS News:
No parent should ever have to sleep on the street, but that’s exactly what some of them do, while their sick and injured children are being cared for in the Hospital Infantil in Juarez, Mexico.
The first annual ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!, 6-10 p.m. Saturday, July 25 at Fuller Lodge, will be a fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to support a shelter so that these parents will no longer have to sleep in the streets.
Members of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS, a satellite group of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, have visited the hospital in Juarez twice since March and have witnessed this dilemma first hand. On each visit, the group has met with hospital staff and the parents themselves to better understand what can be done to help.
“As a parent myself, it’s hard to imagine having to sleep on the street while worrying about the health of a hospitalized child, but I have seen it with my own eyes and believe me, it really hits home,” said Laura Loy, one of the members of Rotary STARS who has visited the hospital in Juarez twice.
“I spoke with one women whose son was in the neonatal unit while she spent nights outside the hospital because she had nowhere else to sleep. All she could think about was the well-being of her son,” Loy said.
“In another case, the mother of a three-year-old girl became sick herself after spending 15 nights outside the hospital, so the child’s grandmother was staying and helping instead. It’s just heartbreaking.”
Together with the El Camino Real Rotary club in El Paso, the Los Alamos Rotary STARS intend to provide a shelter on the grounds of the hospital so these parents and caregivers no longer have to sleep on the streets. All proceeds from ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! will directly support the shelter.
At ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Blue Window Bistro will serve a delectable Mexican buffet, including chips with six types of dip, fresh ceviche, a gourmet taco bar, cheese enchiladas, beans and rice, savory vegetables, and a variety of Mexican desserts. Bandelier Grill will provide a cash bar serving a selection of wine, Mexican beer, margaritas and sangria.
Throughout the evening, a live mariachi band will stroll the grounds playing authentic and festive music. Baile Español, a flamenco dance troupe from Santa Fe, will also perform.
Kids can take a swing at a candy-filled piñata or partake in other crafts and activities. Fantastic prizes will be auctioned off, including beautiful Mexican pottery and a three-night vacation in Cabo San Lucas with resort and airfare.
¡Fiesta Los Alamos! is kindly sponsored by Blue Window Bistro, Bandelier Grill, Abe Dispennette – State Farm Agent, Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, Bridge Care for Women, Los Alamos Daily Post, First National Santa Fe, Zia Realty Group, and others yet to be identified.
Tickets include dinner, non-alcoholic drinks, entertainment and activities. They are $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Children 12 and under are free. The tickets can be purchased at the Blue Window Bistro, First National Santa Fe (Los Alamos Branch), Los Alamos National Bank, or online at www.FiestaLA.eventbrite.com.
Closer to home, STARS undertakes projects that benefit the local community, such as helping elementary students to participate in swim lessons as part of their PE curriculum, among other projects.
The Los Alamos Rotary STARS is a group of motivated Rotarians who are determined to fit community and international service into their busy lifestyles, while at the same time having fun.
The Rotary STARS meet at 5:30 pm every first and third Wednesday.