Thursday, August 5, 2010

SUCCESS!! Baby Daniel will receive treatment...

The following is a letter sent to members of the Save Daniel Facebook page regarding the status of Baby Daniel Estell Jr. The San Pedro Sun is proud of all who helped raise funds for this much loved baby, who will have a life ahead of him thanks to all the support and love that people have shown in the past few weeks.

"Within the next 24-hours, Baby Daniel will be flown to Colombia where his life-saving procedure will be performed!!!

It is DIRECTLY because of the collective effort of every single person in this group, and the effort of all of the others who are not a part of this group that have worked so tirelessly to raise the funds needed for Daniel’s transplant.

The people of Belize pounding the pavement to collect money, the news organizations spreading the word, holding and supporting fundraisers, people tweeting and face-booking and talking about Daniel to everyone we met, soliciting donations, finding connections, following up on leads . . . all of this has paid off!

Baby Daniel is going to live a happy, healthy life!

YOU were a part of making that happen, and we will be eternally grateful.

Funds will still need to be raised for the follow-up care, but we’ve cleared the first hurdle!

Please take a moment to celebrate yourself, and our magnificent accomplishment! A million thanks.

With much love,

Daniel, Ilda, Daniela, Delores, Melissa, Leigh, and Marissa"

Former San Pedro businessman found dead in Belize City

News has reached The San Pedro Sun office that former San Pedro businessman Mario Varacalli, owner of Hungry Monkey Sub Shop was found dead this morning. Reports are that employees found him inside The Hungry Monkey Shop located on North Front Street Belize City. Although cause of death is unconfirmed at this time, reports are that he had told many people that he intended to end his life. The San Pedro Sun extends condolences to his family and friends.

Costa Maya Festival Starts Today!!

Thursday, August 5th
Reina de la Costa Maya International Pageant
Co Hosted by Sandra Hoyos of Tele Mundo's Al Rojo Vivo and Eiden Salazar of Reef Radio
Kellie Cadogan (Vocalist - Barbados) / DJ Del (Daniel Sotelo - Vocalist - Mexican)
Barbara’s Dance Group (Belize), Tricia, Denise and Clyve (Vocals) (Belize)
Delegates: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama.
After Party at Festival Grounds with Rompe Raja

Friday, August 6th
Opening Gala/Mega Concert
Opening Ceremony: Nu Generation Dance Group (Belize), Ballet Folkloric de Quintana Roo (Mexico)
Mega Concert: Mario Mejia y Su Grupo (Musica Romantica - Guatemala) and Yerbaklan (Grupo Reggaeton - Honduras)

Saturday, August 7th
International Night
Danza Modernos de Mexico / Belize Dance Company
Berne (Hip Hop, Rap and Reggae - Belize)
Angel Y Khriz (Puerto Rico - Reggaeton)

Sunday, August 8th
Noche de Familia y Artistas Nacionales
Gwen Nunez Gonzalez (Belizean comedian)
Ozzy and Chispin (Clowns of Mexico and Belize)
Channel 5's KTV Finalists: Nathalie Arceo, Oneida Shaw, Desmond Berry
Bilbao (Mexican Comedians)
First Ever International Costa Maya Triathlon