Friday, June 28, 2013

Arrived in the village two days ago!

I arrived in the village last Wednesday.  I have met with groups of people three different times and all are very receptive to the project!  Much different from last year.  I am in the city of Leticia today to buy what we need to finish the kitchen construction.  Sarah, our current volunteer, is bush teaching English and doing music activities with the villagers.

More info, and pictures, in the next post.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Fundraiser a success!

Our Fundraiser at Billy's Tavern Raised Over $2,900

Thank you to all the people who attended, the band Primo Cubano, our business sponsors Brooks Trap Mill, Billy's Tavern, and Strout Payson, P.A.

Primo Cubano
Primo Cubano rocked the house!  At times there was standing room only at the tavern.  We had periodic raffle drawings for prizes ranging from Colombian emeralds, exclusive Colombian coffee, handmade Amazonian jewelry, to piranha skull necklaces and Amazonian blowguns!

Suggested donations accepted
A big thanks to the Brooks girls for covering the door during the first hours of the event and to Nohora for the later hour.  A thanks also goes out to Mark for supervising the blowgun trials and to Pat for busing the tables!

auction and sales table
Julie and Dana did an excellent job of selling raffle tickets, t-shirts, and answering questions about the silent auction and overall project goals.

mom n friends
My mother, sporting a fashionable Amazon Pueblo t-shirt (available for sale on our website) and her friends enjoying the festivities!

two happy patrons
These lovely women are enjoying Mojito cocktails.  This drink and the Cuba Libre were the specialty drinks of the night.  $1 of the cost of each drink was donated to the project!

raffle winner 
Congratulations to Beverly Pacheco, the winner of four cut emeralds valued at $1,500!  She was very happy.  Please come to our next fundraiser for a chance to win your own Colombian emerald!

My next post will be from Bogota, Colombia.  Tomorrow I start my journey back to the Amazon village of La Libertad!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Emeralds for the Amazon

Only one week before our first major fundraiser!  Here is a look at some of the emeralds that will be available for raffle and silent auction throughout the evening June 14 at Billy's Tavern in Thomaston, Maine.

Thank you to Dan Chambers of Chambers Jewelers in Thomaston, Maine for donating his appraisal services.

Lot 4, 2.41ct. emerald gem

Lot 5, emerald earrings

Lot 7, rough emerald

Lot 5, emerald crystals

Lot 6, four matching emerald cut gems

Lot 2, three deep-medium green gems

Monday, June 3, 2013

Amazon Pueblo T-Shirts!

Here it is!  The original Amazon Pueblo t-shirt.

Made from 100% organic cotton.  The logo was designed by Simmons Ardell of Portland, Maine and printed at Maine Printing and Embroidery in Warren, Maine.  We have them just in time for the dance event at Billy's Tavern, June 14.

If you would like one please follow this link to our website.  Each purchase includes a donation to the cause.

They make great gifts!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Our first major fundraising event! June 14 at Billy's Tavern, Thomaston, Maine.

Enjoy yourself while helping to strengthen the village of La Libertad.  The event starts at 7 pm, Friday, June 14.  We will be holding raffles and silent auctions of exclusive Colombian coffee, emeralds, handmade jewelry, and an authentic Amazonian blowgun!

After months of planning it is finally happening.  A special thanks to our board of directors for helping to plan the event.  We also would like to express our gratitude to our business sponsors, Billy's Tavern, Brooks Trap Mill, and Strout & Payson.

The very popular band Primo Cubano will be playing during the evening.  Advanced ticket sales ($10 suggested donation) are available at:

Special Tribal Member tickets may also be purchased in advance or at the door.  These exclusive tickets are priced at $50 each and include admittance, an Amazon Pueblo t-shirt, choice of handmade jewelry from the village, and entry into a limited raffle for emerald earrings or a blowgun (winner's choice).

If you would like to donate but cannot attend the event, please try our new PayPal Donate button below!

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