Invite to the First Annual Guatemala Mid-Winter Bash!

 February 11, 2012

Dear friends, Last month I told you to hold the date of February 24 for the First Annaul Guatemalan Mid-Winter Bash. It’s being organized by my friend Michele Milan who works with me at the Rotman School and my sister Margaret. I hope to see you there. Complete details are below. If you can attend please let us know as we need to get a sense of how many people are coming. If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation.

In the meantime time, don’t’ forget to check out my photos from the project and a couple of videos from Guatemala.


PS – Go Habs Go! Heck, even Gomez scored a goal this week.


From Michele:

You are invited to attend the First Annual Guatemalan Mid-Winter Bash!

A fundraiser for the El Triunfo School in Guatemala…

Why: Because every child has the right to an education. See below for more details.

Tickets: $30 per person (children under 10 are free)

When: Friday February 24, 2012

Doors Open at 6:00pm, Buffet starting at 6:30pm, Socializing until you are brave enough to face winter again.

Where: Rails & Ales

1106 Danforth Ave., Toronto  (just west of Greenwood)

Please consider attending this fundraiser. Bring a friend. Even if you can’t make it, please consider buying a ticket or donating to support this amazing cause!

If you would prefer to make a tax deductible donation, please go to:

Click on “Donate Now.”

Then under “Fund/Designation,” select “El Triunfo School Project.”

Many of you know that my friend and colleague Ken McGuffin has been working with a community in Guatemala for about 15 years. Here he is with some of the kids in El Triunfo where the shorts are climate-appropriate and the Habs shirt is not considered offensive…

Fifteen years ago, Ken began by helping the Asociacion Maya de Desarrollo, a women’s weaving cooperative in the village of El Triunfo. At the time, a post-primary education was not available to the children of those weavers.

Every child has the right to an education, so Ken and friends began holding an annual Guatemalan Dance Party to raise money to provide scholarships to some of the weaver’s children. In the highlands of Guatemala, publicly funded schools only go up to grade six. The need was great and eventually Ken and friends began working on raising money to build a middle school in the community. Eventually the middle school was expanded and now children can attend high school in El Triunfo. School starts in January in Guatemala, so the new school year has just begun. This year there are 80 students enrolled in the middle and high school!

So that initial small fundraising initiative has evolved into an obsession for Ken. In 2012, operating costs for the school will run to over $3,600 per month. And every year, Ken and friends raise the money that enables the El Triunfo villagers to give their children access to more education locally and all of the economic and social opportunities that come with education. Check out Ken’s blog ( for more information, pictures and stories.

The school project is proudly supported by Pueblito Canada. For more information on Pueblito and the other projects they support in Central America, please visit

Hope to see you on February 24’th!



P.S. – If anyone has a connection at the Leafs, let’s get this poor sod a new shirt.

UPDATE ON FEB 12 — Evening will also feature a silent auction featuring gift certificates from local business, Guatemalan coffee and more! Bring your cheque book!


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