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Rosarito Boys & Girls Club Gets Temporary Home While $2 Million Fundraising Effort Continues

Rosarito Boys & Girls Club Gets Temporary Home

While $2 Million Fundraising Effort Continues

 

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---The Rosarito Boys & Girls Club is scheduled to get a temporary home next month while fundraising for construction of a permanent facility continues.

 

The facility will be a former clubhouse at Rosarito Shores. It is being provided rent free by Hugo Torres, owner of the Rosarito Beach Hotel and city mayor when ground was broken for the permanent facility in 2010. The Rosarito Shores development is adjacent to the hotel.

 

“Providing city youth with activities and positive role models is so important that we want to do everything possible to help,” Torres said. “The children truly are our future.”

 

Torres’ daughter, Rosy, who is president of the board for the Club de Ninos y Ninas de Rosarito, said the club hopes to open the temporary facility in late April, offering a variety of programs and activities.

 

She said that about 50 local residents and businesses have donated time and materials to prepare the former clubhouse. Volunteer electricians, plumbers and carpenters still are needed to complete the work, on the project coordinated by Torres and Bo Bendana.

 

Anyone wanting to volunteer can contact Rosy Torres at 661-850-1773 or rosymtorres@hotmail.com

 

While $100,000 plus  tens of thousands of dollars in materials have been donated  or raised (including by major sponsor Home Depot), about $2 million still is needed to complete the permanent club. A tough economy the past couple of years has  made fundraising very challenging, Torres said.

 

Many of those who have helped with the effort are members of the city’s 14,000-member expatriate community, including Gil Sperry, who will be director the temporary club facility.

 

Sperry also is the organizer of Rosarito’s very successful international mariachi festival, which in its second year in 2011 raised $11,000 for the club. The festival is held on the grounds behind the Rosarito Beach Hotel and features the Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas among others.

 

“We are so grateful for the help we’ve received from all the wonderful members of our community,” Rosy Torres said. Construction of the permanent club is being done as money comes in.

 

MEDIA CONTACT:                            Ron Raposa

                                                                ronraposa@hotmail.com

                                                                619-948-3740
Published Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:13 AM by Zinnia Q.

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