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The owners of Hacienda Subin opened up their home south of Mérida for a Yucatán Magazine launch party to benefit Ester y Liza. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Yucatán Magazine‘s “Celebrations” issue launch party raised 100,000 pesos (almost $US6,000) after a generous and anonymous couple matched the event’s proceeds with their own donation.

Creative Director Trey Speegle thanks the audience at the conclusion of an informal doggie fashion show. Tiffany Thompson, right, was on the cover of Yucatán Magazine’s Celebrations Issue. Photo: Arin Pereira for Yucatán Magazine

The funds go to Ester y Liza, a nonprofit that provides spay and neuter services throughout Yucatán.

Dorothy Ngutter, Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Mérida, was a special guest at Yucatán Magazine’s Issue 12 launch party. Pictured, from left, YM Creative Director Trey Speegle, Senior Editor Carlos Rosado van der Gracht, Hacienda Subin’s owners Laura Kirar and Richard Frazier, Ngutter, and Dr. Carlos Cabrera, representing both the consulate and Fundación BAI. Photo: Arin Pereira for Yucatán Magazine

“The donations and pure joy and enthusiasm around this event reflect the commitment people have to be a part of positive change for animal health and population control in Yucatán,” said Ester y Liza’s leader, Leanna Staines. “I’m very grateful to Yucatán Magazine for their support.”

Laura Kirar, of Hacienda Subin, takes part in an informal doggie fashion show at a Yucatán Magazine launch party to benefit Ester y Liza. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

Over 70 people attended the event at Hacienda Subin, the private home of Richard Frazier and Laura Kirar. Yucatán Magazine Creative Director Trey Speegle organized the party, which debuted The Celebrations Issue and — in keeping with the event’s beneficiary — included an informal doggie fashion contest.

Richard Frazier and Laura Kirar allowed Yucatán Magazine to launch Issue 12 at their elegant Hacienda Subin. The event raised 100,000 pesos for Ester y Liza, a spay and neuter organization. Photo: Arin Pereira for Yucatán Magazine

Tiffany Thompson and Ted Habiger appeared on the cover after their wedding nuptials at Subin were photographed for the issue. Habiger, a Kansas City-Mérida chef, provided the food. Cabrón Mezcal introduced their new brand at a bar serving custom cocktails.

Tracy Griffith introduces guests to El Cabrón mezcal cocktails. Photo: Arin Pereira for Yucatán Magazine

The proceeds cover the cost of 154 sterilizations, preventing unwanted growth of the dog and cat population in Yucatán.

Laura Kirar and Richard Frazier lead guests on a tour of the grounds around Hacienda Subin, south of Mérida. Photo: Arin Pereira for Yucatán Magazine

“I couldn’t believe it when I learned about it,” said Lee Steele, the magazine’s founding editor and director. “I can’t thank everybody enough!”

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