Latest Event Updates
The following update is from Judy Setracov who took upon herself to see our project through to the very end. Judy has spent endless hours making sure that it did not stop with the financing. It is with the greatest pleasure that we share these news with you. This is what Judy wrote on March 21st, 2015, the date of the inauguration of the new elevator:
The elevator project which so many of you contributed to is now a reality. In spite of many delays, we inaugurated this morning at the Asilo de Ancianos in Mazatlan. Congratulations and thanks to Linda Sawyer and Turid Ullestad Nelson for spearheading the group Never Too Little to raise the funds which financed this project. Thanks also to Dr. Juan Fernando Barraza and Barrios Chris and Deborah Llera and friends from Hospital Sharp Mazatlan, Kary Trujillo and Sergio from PILATES DE ALTURA, Onilikan Artisan Liquors and Sara Robles and Pinsa for contributions to the project and the constancy to see it through. Above all else, our thanks go to the 3 hard-working, loving mothers: Sister Maria Fatima, Sister Josephina and Sister Lucilena and their staff at the Asilo who care for the abuelitos on a daily basis.
We let the pictures speak for themselves. (Judy is the lady in the blue dress).
It is also very exciting that the event made the local news!
This was the first project of “Never- too- Little” and as co-founders we are very proud to have achieved our goal. As you have seen the elevator project is complete along with a trust fund to maintain the elevator in future years. WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOUR GENEROSITY AND TRUST IN US. We thank-you all for this.
As we wind down from this project we are looking to the future and other places where generous, caring people can make a huge difference in the lives for those less fortunate! We will keep you updated.
Judy, Turid & Linda
Mother’s Day Special
We want to extend a big “THANK YOU” to Sergio de la Fuente, Mazatlan who was one of the organizers of the May 30th Quilt Raffle to support our project. As a Mother’s Day Special (May the 10th) they have pledged to donate a percentage of all jewelry sales to the Asilo de Ancianos.
Sergio’s telephone number is 669 920 3589 if you would like to place an order or just find out more information. Otherwise please refer to the poster below.
The Elevator Becomes a Reality
We are three ladies who in November, 2013 decided that we wanted to make a “big” difference to a “small” group of people in the world. We called ourselves “Never-Too-Little” as our motto was that nothing is never too “little” related to giving. Every little bit counts, and if everyone gives just a little, it does not take long to make a big difference.
One of us, Judy, lives part time in Mazatlan, Mexico. It was almost a natural that we would concentrate our first efforts here, as Judy observed people with needs all around her community. Our choice fell on three elderly nuns who graciously served their calling by caring for ailing seniors. These nuns are running a seniors home with 28 patients, many who are in wheelchairs. When asked, they had no problem identifying their biggest wish; an elevator to replace the steep ramp they were using to transport their patients up and down to/from the second floor every day.
We were committed. When informed of the cost for an elevator – we gulped. 12,000 dollars!
It is with the greatest pleasure we can announce that we made it! Our fundraising thermometer is at the top! This is thanks to our friends and family in Canada and the US plus some very caring people in Mazatlan who pulled together and gave.
Scrolling through our blog you can read about the very successful fundraising events we held.
The elevator is now a reality. A deposit has been made and parts ordered. The construction is expected to take somewhere between four to six months.
This blog will be open to share the construction progress with you. Most importantly, the invite goes out to everyone of you who gave to this project to visit the Asilo – hopefully for the inauguration when we have the date.
Although money has been raised for the construction and operation of the elevator, there is still a real need for cleaning supplies, medicines, adult diapers, and personal hygiene articles (soap, toothbrushes etc.) should anyone be coming to Mazatlan and have extra room in their suitcase.
Here is looking forward to tell you “the rest of the story”.
Linda, Judy and Turid
Fundraiser in Mazatlan a Huge Success
Paraiso Costa Bonita was the beautiful setting in support of a fund-raiser for the Asilo de Ancianos where organizers Ralph and Joanne Warman and Bill and Judy Hartman sponsored a Salsa Party for forty-eight guests on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
Drinks and finger foods were served, followed by salsa dance lessons taught by Maria de Jesus and her dance partner/father, Everando.
The Master of Ceremonies was Ralph Warman. A short presentation was made by Sister Josephina with an update from Bill Hartman who explained the progress of the fund-raising campaign. A live auction featured a one-day fishing trip donated by Don’s Sportfishing, and an autographed baseball signed by professional baseball players Dave LaRoche and his three sons, Jeff, Adam and Andy.
Door prizes were donated by Pilates de Altura, La Casa Country Restaurant Weber BBQ dealer, Onilikan Distillery and Gourmet Foods, Tony’s on the Beach Restaurant and El Rincon de Augustin y Maria Cafe and Karaoke.
Zeni Pitts donated a wheel chair so we would also like to mention our thanks to her.
Special guests at the gala were Sister Josephina and Sister Luz Elena from the Asilo de Ancianos and their dear friend, Sara Robles who was the inspiration for this project and Adolfo Tobias, the Mazatlan Carnaval 2014 Rey de la Alegria (King of Happiness).
Many thanks go to Sergio and Kary from Pilates de Altura and Christian from Hospital Sharp Mazatlan for their help in organizing the event as well as to the management and staff of Costa Bonita Paraiso 1.
A total of $4500 (CAD) was raised; the balance needed for the sisters to see their dream for an elevator come true.
Thank you so much to the organizers and the very generous donors from Costa Bonita. With this donation, our goal has been reached and the purchase and installation of the elevator will commence.
We are getting there!
It is with great enthusiasm we keep moving our thermometer up and up! This is thanks to great friends in Canada and the U.S. and people in the Mazatlan community who believe in our project. Our previous post shows the results of Linda’s fundraising efforts in Arizona, which of course made a huge impact on our total collected to date. We are 25% from achieving our goal – very exciting and almost unbelievable considering we started out in November of last year. Every little donation counts – that is why we call ourselves “Never-Too-Little”.
The next fundraising event will be a Salsa & Salsa night in Mazatlan on March the 19th, 2014. We look forwarding to providing you with the details and an update from the event very soon. In the meantime, have a look at our thermometer:
Linda Sawyer (the initiator of Never-Too-Little) and her husband Doug spend their winters in Arizona. They have a retirement home in Mission Royal, Casa Grande. Linda recently invited their friends to a dinner party in their back yard as a fundraiser for our project. She created a very nice board with posters and pictures to explain what we were trying to achieve.
Here is what Linda wrote after her great party:
On Friday, March 14th Doug and I hosted a “Mexican Fiesta ” fundraiser for our Mazatlan Elevator project. We served a Mexican Dinner to 38 people all of whom generously donated to our cause. We raised almost $1100 US that night with contributions of around $300 to come.
A special thanks to Mona my friend who helped with the organizing and made two excellent Mexican dishes for the event. It was great to have Turid (the treasurer of Never-Too-Little) there to help me out also. I had a great time hosting all our friends and thank them.
Pictures from the event
The Lucky Winner