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Sweet Collaboration: A Fundraiser That Leaves a Lasting Taste of Goodness

In the spirit of giving and community of the last month of the year 2023, Tanja Wittrock and Mimi Wheeler, dedicated board members of Vida Guatemala NGO, joined forces with their friend Candace Fries and the owners of Grocer's Daughter Chocolate in Empire, Michigan, to organize the second annual fundraiser for their cherished little school and community. The event, held on December 9, was a delightful blend of philanthropy, delectable treats, and cultural appreciation.

Jody and DC Hayden, the owners of Grocer's Daughter Chocolate, made significant contributions to the cause, setting the stage for a successful fundraiser. The event's highlight was the sale of intricately crafted clay birds from the vibrant Antigua area. These charming ornaments, purchased during a visit to Antigua Guatemala, in February 2023, became a symbol of support for the Sindrome de Amor School and the broader Vida community.

The support of the local community further enriched the collaboration between the board members and the chocolate shop owners. A women-owned shop near the iconic Santa Catalina Arch on 5th Avenue North in Antigua enthusiastically embraced the initiative, contributing to the acquisition of the clay birds and reinforcing the idea of supporting Vida Guatema NGO.

The fundraiser was not just about raising funds; it celebrated generosity and shared values. The hosts, Tanja Wittrock and Mimi Wheeler curated an elegant spread of appetizers, fine wines, and other refreshments. Attendees were treated to the exquisite taste of high-quality Ecuadorean chocolate, adding a touch of luxury to the evening. A musical duet played in the gelateria next door, enhancing the overall ambiance and making it an unforgettable experience.

Guests and shoppers had the opportunity to learn more about the Sindrome de Amor School and its mission. As they browsed through the assortment of chocolates, they also discovered the significance of the hand-crafted and painted clay birds, which were available for purchase to adorn holiday trees or to be gifted to friends.

As the event concluded, the organizers extended a heartfelt call to action. The mission of Vida Guatemala NGO, to eradicate poverty and transform lives through high-quality, inclusive education for children of all abilities in San Miguel Dueñas, Guatemala, continues to rely on the support of generous individuals.

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Your support is invaluable in creating lasting change for the children of San Miguel Dueñas. To donate, visit and be a part of this impactful journey. Together, we can make a positive difference in the lives of those who need it most.

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