Rotary STARS Thanks Community

Mariachi Mestizo entertains a sold-out crowd at the first annual ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Photo by Hal Davis

Baile Español enchants the audience with its ballet folklorico performance. Photo by Hal Davis


  • ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! Raises $12,000; Proceeds Give Parents Of Hospitalized Children A Place to Sleep

A packed crowd from Los Alamos and surrounding communities came together July 25 at Fuller Lodge in support of giving parents of hospitalized children in Juarez, Mexico a safe and comfortable place to sleep.

The first annual ¡Fiesta Los Alamos!, a fundraiser of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS, successfully raised $12,000 toward this cause, due in large part to the contributions of many generous donors and supporters.

“On behalf of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS, a satellite organization of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, I would like to thank wholeheartedly everyone who helped to make ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! a success,” STARS Chair Michael Erickson said. “The community graciously came together in support of this cause, and many also enjoyed a fun evening of food, libations, folkloric dancing and mariachi serenades with family and friends. It was a fantastic experience to be apart of this event. We’ve been asked if we’ll do ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! again next year, and the answer is yes!”

¡Fiesta Los Alamos! was sponsored by: Blue Window Bistro, Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, Bandelier Grill, Abe Dispennette – State Farm Agent, Bridge Care for Women, Los Alamos Daily Post, First National Santa Fe, Zia Realty Group, and Los Alamos Medical Center.

Other local supporting businesses include: Casa de Luz Apartments, CB FOX, Creole Nouvelle, Dunn Quilting, Fuller Lodge Art Center, Fusion Multisport, LA Tan and More, Los Alamos Cooperative Market, Los Alamos Golf Course, Metzger’s, Mullein Leaf Massage, N2U Consignment, NM Wine Tours, Pet Pangaea, Rosebud Café, Ruby K’s, Santa Fe Symphony, Shear Perfection Santa Fe, Smith’s Marketplace, The Perch Paperie, Village Arts, and Warm Hearts Yarn. A number of generous individuals also contributed with cash or in-kind donations.

Members of the Los Alamos Rotary STARS have visited the Hospital Infantil in Juarez twice since March and have witnessed first-hand the dilemma that some parents do not have a place to sleep while visiting their sick and injured children forcing them to sleep on the street outside. On each visit, the group has met with hospital staff and the parents themselves to better understand what can be done to help.

Together with the El Camino Real Rotary club in El Paso, Texas, the Los Alamos Rotary STARS is working toward providing a shelter on the grounds of the hospital so these parents and caregivers no longer have to sleep on the streets. Proceeds raised at the first annual ¡Fiesta Los Alamos! will support providing these individuals a safe and comfortable place to rest and recuperate so they can better care for their loved ones.

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 and sponsoring a youth little league team. 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 every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 5:30 pm. For more information about the group or to make a donation to this cause, contact or go to

A mother stands by her son’s bedside in the Hospital Infantil in Juarez, Mexico. At night, she sleeps on the street outside. Photo by Laura Loy

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