A fundraiser for Nosara’s volunteer firefighters has managed to make money despite some logistical challenges and high expenses.
The event was held at the Santa Marta Community Centre on July 14 and organized by Pacific Security. The show featured Costa Rican salsa and merengue bands, Black Pepper and Combat and a BBQ cooked by the firefighters. Much of the fundraising money is going to be used on the purchase of an actual fire truck.
Although the money is still being counted, Agnes Pinheiro, who sold tickets at the event said they had about 150 people show up and raffled off more than 50 items. However, it was beer and liquor sales that likely made them the most money.
The event got off to a shaky start after some food deliveries arrived late. Then the bands arrived late, and many people weren’t paying to go in because the 8000 colones ticket price “was too expensive”. Instead they sat outside in the field and listened. However, later on the price was lowered to 4000 colones and more people were able to enter.
There was also a last minute addition to the line-up of performers. A mixed group of students put on an interpretive play about the importance of recycling using paper mache masks and no words. The collaboration featured 12 students visiting from a high school in North Carolina and six from Nosara High School.
Organizers are grateful for the community members who came out and are confident the event succeeded in raising money.