The Las Tres Amigas “Under Wraps” Dinner and Mystery Auction at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria on Wednesday night provided a full evening, in many ways. The tables were full, our tummies were full, the auction table was full and even the moon was full.

Everything on the menu was “under wraps:” samosas, shrimp crepes, beef Wellington, dorado in banana leaf, baked Alaska, and chocolate lava cakes. Ramon and his soft music set a perfect tone. Dave Stevens, the auctioneer, was in fine form.

Unwrapped Auctioneer hard at work!

We even had a visit from Miss La Peñita, wrapped in her sash and wearing her crown!

Unwrapped Miss La Penita

Guests brought incredible items for the mystery auction, and some people were so creative in their wrapping.

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Sometimes the hints were a little obtuse; others were more obvious. For instance, the hint on the silver parcel said “Your father might have used this to cut your hair.” Scissors? Razor? Lawn mower?

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No… it was a gorgeous hand painted bowl.

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There was a lot of good-natured rivalry with people trying to outbid each other for what were imagined to be highly desirable items. These included everything but the kitchen sink: towels, candies, silver platters, bar dispenser, a hummingbird feeder, storage bags, a plastic raincoat, a Xaltemba gift certificate, even a large bottle of tequila (which made a table of four ladies very happy) and MORE!

Unwrapped happy ladies

The highest bidder on any one object was rewarded with a gift certificate for a Casa Cooking Class with Debra Triplett. Thanks, Deb, for your donation.

We are continuously overwhelmed by the generosity of people who are genuinely concerned about the scholarship students and their education. There are many people who deserve recognition. Thanks to our ticket sellers: Hala at Hamaca Maya, Jeanie Mintzmyer (Hidden Paradise Real Estate), Rick Helberg (Re/Max Jaltemba Bay Realty), and the staff at Xaltemba Restaurant & Galeria, Cafe Dolores and El Rodeo. We really couldn’t function without their assistance. While we are on the subject of tickets, thanks to John Zurbrigg, our faithful ticket taker. A special thank you goes to Dave for his highly energetic auctioneering and his assistant (and wife) Cathy. Zulma, Bianca and Leo, three scholarship students, were a big help too.

Also thanks to those who attended the dinner, especially those who brought gifts for the auction, as well as those who contributed items even though they weren’t ticket holders: Hala from Hamaca Maya, Roberto Gil de Montes, Xaltemba Restaurant, and an extra special donation from Linda Fraser, an artist from British Columbia, Canada. She brought with her a small original painting for the mystery auction, and a larger acrylic painting entitled ‘Searching for Sun’ which we plan to feature at future events to raise at least the equivalent of one scholarship.

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In addition to having a really great meal, an evening with friends and attending something a little bit different, we managed to raise enough pesos for FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS at CONALEP.

If you weren’t able to get tickets for this event, but would like to support the Scholarship Program, consider attending our Handbags and Hankies Tea in the afternoon on Wednesday, February 19 at El Panorama Hotel. It promises to be an afternoon of elegance and gentility. Tom and Paul are already planning what delectable dainties they will serve, and Manuel is looking forward to entertaining us with some of his gentle soothing music. Watch for notices next week.

by Las Tres Amigas (Helma, Maxine, and Nora)
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