Puerto Vallarta IFC kicks off another season of fun

Residents, returning snowbirds and short-term visitors are all welcome at the International Friendship Club (IFC). Another season of fun, learning and helping the less fortunate people in local communities is now about to get under way.

The Home Tours will be starting again on Tuesday 17th November and will run on every Tuesday and Wednesday until mid-March. Each tour visits four different houses, each of them architecturally unique, with fabulous interior furnishings and artwork and each home is located in an interesting part of Puerto Vallarta. Buses leave from the Sea Monkey Restaurant (Olas Altas #299) at 10:30 and return to the downtown area at around 1:00pm. The $500pesos ( $30 USD) that you give to the IFC for this wonderful tour is both low and good.

It’s low because $35USD is an excellent deal for such a unique view of life in Puerto Vallarta. Trip Advisor ranks the IFC Home Tours as “Excellent” 147 times out of 157. The other 10 rankings were “Very Good”. It’s a fact! Our friends love us! A reviewer wrote in March 2015… My mother-in-law has lived in PV for a couple of decades, and she took a friend and me on this tour in March. We thoroughly enjoyed our visits to four AMAZING homes, and were impressed by the organization of the operation. I’d recommend this trip to anyone. There is walking involved, and one of our homes had dozens and dozens of stairs. Wonderful excursion!

It’s good because the money is put to good use by the IFC. The club’s volunteers run the tours and costs are kept to a minimum. All profits are used to pay for our Cleft Palate program.

For almost 30 years IFC has worked with a dedicated team of physicians, nurses and volunteers to correct cleft palates that occur in babies in this region of Mexico at a rate far above the national average. Our teams work with these children from the time they are infants, through childhood to adolescence and adulthood. By taking a tour you can save lives and bring happiness to dozens of children each year and do so at no cost to the patients or their families. How cool is that?

To kick IFC’s social season into high gear the club is having its first general meeting and brunch at 10:00am on Tuesday, 10th November. We will be eating the fine food and enjoying the great service of Casa Fantasia (Pino Suarez #230, Col. Emiliano Zapata in the “Romantica Zone”). Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be a member to meet and eat. Tickets are available at our office (The corner of Libertad and Miramar…above HSBC) or at the door. Last year we sold out, so plan ahead.

IFC supports a number of charities in Puerto Vallarta and one of them, the amazing singers and dancers from Alas, Escuela de Canto, will be performing on the Main Stage of Stages (Basilio Badillo and Insurgentes in the Romantica Zone) at 8:00pm on Saturday 7th November. Their story and their performance will, I think, bring tears to your eyes…for different reasons. Tickets are available at the box office for only $200pesos ( $12USD) By supporting this amazing program for under-privileged kids you will enjoy a great evening of entertainment and have your heart touched. Don’t miss it!

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