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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.
The funds go to Ester y Liza, a nonprofit that provides spay and neuter services throughout Yucatán.
“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.”
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.
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.
The proceeds cover the cost of 154 sterilizations, preventing unwanted growth of the dog and cat population in Yucatán.
“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!”