On the Road with Paul Ramirez

Pequenos in the Old Pueblo

Tucson, AZ – The harvest moon was visible at dusk as the band warmed up on the patio and beads of sweat formed on nearly everyone getting ready for the big night. Above average October temperatures brought an easy opening line to conversations among wait staff, managers, directors, volunteers and participants at the first “Pequeños in the Old Pueblo”. Organized by Xaiver Walker, NPH USA Southwest Regional Director the evening was classy and casual. Union Public House was packed with great food and generous people. The highlight of the evening was the jovial sound and performance of The NPH El Salvador Estudiantina Troupe (pictured below) a group of 12-15 year olds who sang and danced right into your heart.

Now who is NPH? NPH USA transforms the lives of abandoned and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean by supporting the homes, healthcare and educational programs of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (“Our Little Brothers & Sisters”). Since its founding in 1954 NPH has assisted more than 18,000 children and is currently raising more than 3,200 boys and girls in Boliva, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.

Board member, Martha Fogler shared stories from the homes and attendees of the event were able to place bids on a variety of silent auction and live items. Donations started at $50.00 in the Fund-A-Need portion of the live auction and finished at $2,500 (Fun fact: $100 donation equaled 150 lbs of beans, $500 provide milk for 52 kids for 1 month). The generous crowd was active with their bid cards throughout the whole evening but the excitement heated up when they battled for a chance to win one of the many donated luxury experiences. The final auction item of the night was a trip for two to one of the nine NPH homes including airfare and lodging, and thats when all the bid cards went up. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thanks to all the generous supporters.

At the end of the evening, after bidders settled up, friends said goodbye and equipment was packed away, I stepped out into the hot evening air to find open arms and a warm embrace. An unexpected hug from one of the troupe members proving yet again that gratitude and love has no language and auctions really work.

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NPH El Salvador Estudiantina Troupe

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