Friday, May 4, 2012

Cinco de Mayo With a Purpose

May 5, a traditional Mexican holiday, is typically celebrated as a rite of passage. This year, join Daisy’s Children as they celebrate a night of promise at Jonathan’s Restaurant in Ogunquit.
What began as a simple desire to care for three children in a small mountain village in Honduras has rapidly grown to provide nutritious meals, clean drinking water, educational uniforms and supplies, as well as medical care for more than 100 children in this village, under the guidance of founder Sharon Beckwith and her Honduran partner, Maria Elena Plaites Manzano.
Cinco de Mayo has a far deeper meaning to Beckwith as well as Joyeis, Carla and Roberto. May 5, 2008, was the day that Deysi Suyapa Madrid Chavez died in Concepcion del Norte due to complications of malnutrition. This 24-year-old mother gave her life because she chose to feed her young children rather than herself.
This year, Jonathan’s Restaurant partners with Daisy’s Children to host a celebration of all that has happened in honor of Deysi. A night filled with laughter and joy, coupled with a south of the border flair will commence with a cocktail hour at 7 p.m. A cash bar will feature specialty margaritas, sangria, Corona and more. Appetizers will include a Latin flair. A silent auction will be held throughout the cocktail hour and into dinner, featuring many fine local and Honduran items brought back from the village area. Dessert will be coupled with Honduran coffee and select live auction items.
Throughout your meal the wait staff will muster up their comedic timing to raise a grand total in tips to cover our First Annual Gringo Trophy. Come prepared to tip them well knowing that each dollar you spend will feed a child two meals and a healthy snack. Guests may also bring along a bag of props to entice their waiters to perform in order to incur a higher tip!
This event is open to the public. Tickets are on sale now by calling 207-646-4777. Tickets are also available at The Hair Shop in North Berwick, and Lucy’s Art Emporium in Dover, NH. For more information, please visit
Photo caption: Daisy’s Children works to provide sustenance, education, and medical support to the disadvantaged children of Honduras. ( photo)