Silent auction to raise funds for kids’ Yule party

Friends of Pato Loco, a non-profit organization in Playas del Coco, will prepare for the annual Christmas party with a silent auction fundraiser Dec. 3.

The items for auction include deals from local restaurants and businesses. Condo owners are also giving away lodgings and artists have made some of their works available.

“We are getting a lot of responses and generosity,” said Patricia Dijkgraaf, former owner of Pato Loco Inn.

All the proceeds will go toward a Christmas party for 30 underprivileged children from Bambú and the La Islita region of Filadelfia. These children will receive toys, clothes and educational materials such as notebooks, delivered from a dressed up Santa Claus.

“It is the first time in the lives of these kids that they will have new toys and clothes,” Ms. Dijkgraaf said.

This is the fifth year that Mary Ramona Cox, owner and manager of Pato Loco Inn, and, Ms. Dijkgraaf have offered this event.

This year Dave Reynolds of the Papagayo Golf and Country Club has made his facility, which includes a pool, available for the children. They will enjoy pizza and fruit drinks by the poolside, the organization said.

“It is a unique experience for them and will create positive memories,” a release said.

Also, the Friends of Pato Loco will prepare large food packets for the families, to ensure they will have at least a decent Christmas.

The silent auction will be held at the Pato Loco Inn from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Items for the auction will be at the Pato Loco Friday.

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