How a Beautiful Night Aided a Beautiful Cause

Akumal’s expat community was out in full swing last Friday night! The famous Turtle Bay Café and Bakery filled all its tables for a beautiful evening under the stars with one goal in mind: to make sure Akumal’s ambulance keeps saving lives.

The goal for 2016 was to raise even more money thanwhat was raised at last year’s dinner: $66,060 pesos. At this year’s Akumal Ambulance Fundraiser Dinner, we raised…

$82,413 pesos!!!

That is about $4,550 US dollars!

This year’s fundraising dinner featured all the charm of Turtle Bay Café, with its thatched roofs, bright colors and endless strings of lights, creating an idyllic ambiance for a memorable night under the stars. Turtle Bay served cocktails of locally-produced Cueva Vodka, classic tortilla soup, several choices of main courses, and flan and ice cream for dessert.

Turtle Bay Cafe Akumal

Mexico fundraising dinner

 “The Akumal Mule” with Cueva Vodka, ginger beer, lime and mint 

The shop porch was turned into a small stage for the evening, and Akumal icons The Salty Snowbirds filled the air with beautiful renditions of classic rock songs and more. Next, famed Riviera Maya comedian Luke Bugeaud took to the stage, an artist known for his songs parodying life in Playa del Carmen, Akumal and beyond.

Akumal live entertainment

Comedian Luke Jonathan

After all the cocktail glasses were emptied and the desserts cleared from the tables, we had the chance to thank the main people involved in hosting this amazing fundraiser, including the entertainment, event organizer and local Akumal activist Marieke Brown, and the gracious and generous hosts Bart and Jennifer Smith, owners of Turtle Bay Café, who provided all of the food and drinks so that the entirety of the ticket prices could go directly to the Akumal ambulance! We also heard some words of thanks from Arq. Oscar Carreño, President of the Tulum Red Cross, who was thrilled to see such generosity and community spirit from the people of Akumal in support of the Red Cross.

Marieke Brown and Arq. Oscar Carreño

 Turtle Bay Cafe owners Bart and Jennifer Smith with Marieke Brown (center)

 The BuyPlaya Real Estate team

Now, thanks to the generosity of everyone who organized and attended this event, the Akumal ambulance can continue saving the lives of locals and tourists alike into 2017! So far in 2016 alone, the ambulance has responded to 120 calls, saving possibly dozens of lives by providing immediate care and getting people to the hospital quickly.

Way to go, Akumal!

All photos by Andrea Ruiz Perron of BuyPlaya Real Estate