LELA -“And this little Piggy made us smile all the way home”

LELASeems like our lives are always running at such pace that we forget how and where we fit in the big picture. Between the television and radio we count our blessings as all the news floating around  is continually stapling us to negative swirls of political and moral judgment. 
Cozumel humane societyAt Salsa and Salsa we count our blessings everyday as we see the faces of everyone on vacation anticipating having a good time. We know where you come from and how your lives are difficult and challenging. We know that the little time we share with you is and could maybe be the only hardy laughter you have all week.
We understand the pace you live, juggling families and pay checks and the unexpected cost of misfortune. And we can see in your presence how important our job really is when we start the shows.

 

DSC08652Like you, we have an important job to do in the 3 hours we spend together and creating joy and laughter is an essential part of our show. Since we make it look easy, the truth is, the demand on keeping up the energy of 100 passengers at the same time can be daunting, especially when we add the those free-flowing margaritas to the mix.

But we have a secret and now at the end of 2014, I am going to divulge the Salsa secret for the first time.

Salsa Lela

Enter Miss Lela:

You know who she is and have seen her at our shows and this mighty ceramic pig has now just about stepped over 60k in donations for a different charity every month. ( www.lelathepig.com)

The secret to our show and the enthusiasm we have in our presentation day after day is that we are part of something much more important in this world, its unabashed kindness. This is the excitement when Lela gives back. We have learned that the true joy to a happy fulfilled life is to give. When we see your smiley faces donating and posing for pictures, even kissing Lela’s nose, we realize that the truth is not in what we get everyday but in what we give and giving of ourselves is what Lela stands for in her joyous way.

Back2BackAll of the Dancing Chefs are continually determined to make this world a better place and to create beauty in the hearts of people where at times hope and humanity are lost.
Next time you have a chance to make a difference, just do it. Don’t think to hard about why and who and how people end up standing next to roadways or begging at stores. Think about how 50 cents or even a dollar can restore faith in someone who is down on their luck. Next time you leave all that food on your plate in a restaurant, don’t be embarrassed to ask for a to go bag. You will see and find someone,when you least expect it,to give it to. There are people waiting for your help ,whether you see them or not they exist on this planet and if everyone just took a few moments and gave just a little we would see more smiles and more open hearts.

Teach your children by example, take them with you to the goodwill bin or to the food bank or soup kitchen. Our children are the future and can make all the difference just like Lela has for thousands of people around the world. Make 2015 the year you do one thing every month for someone else without anyone knowing.

lela christmasFrom all the Dancing Chefs we want to thank you for your heartfelt donations. We want you to know that every place you have touched has inspired someone, whether it was an orphanage or individual: you have made a difference. So if you are still reading this then we want to wrap our arms around you for 15 seconds and give you a big hug of thanks. You inspire us to give so much!

 

 

Happy New Year and Happy Giving !
The Dancing Chefs from Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel and Mazatlan 
Leonique, Maaike, Stephanie, Chris, Suzanne, Joy, Karla, Laura, Daphne, Linda, Jenny, Cherine, Heidi, Melissa, Leonie……..
OLE!

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‘I may not speak but I have much to say.’ – Angelman Syndrome Foundation

After a couple of months of summer heat, we get back  in touch with all you Dancing Chefs to report on the LELA cause for July 2011. A close friend asked us to support the Angelman Syndrome Foundation (www.angelman.org), which we gladly agreed to. We want to thank all the Dancing Chefs in Cozumel, Cabo and Mazatlan who helped us collect a total of $435USD!

Angelman Syndrome (AS) is a neuro-genetic disorder that occurs in 1 in 15,000 live births. AS is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism. Characteristics of AS include; developmental delay, lack of speech, seizures, and walking and balance disorders. Individuals with Angelman Syndrome will require life-long care.

It fills our hearts with pride that all your bills and coins go to a wonderful cause. The Development Director of the Angelman Syndrome Foundation, Eloise Crabb sent us an email to especially thank you:

”This is just tremendous! Thank you so much for choosing us as your cause to support in July. How wonderful and we are most appreciative to you. 
 Again, thank you very much.”
 


 

The coming days we will open up LELA at our 3 locations, to see what she has collected for August’s cause: the Cabo Humane Society.

Hasta pronto!!!!

Dancing Chef Maaike

Lela is held back, but finally comes through

As most of you already know, Lela II was born in Cozumel back in December 2010. Her first mission was ambitious, but we wanted to come in with a bang! For the months of December, January and February, Lela collected donations for a Blood Bank on the island of Cozumel– her new hometown.

Guests from Mazatlan,Cozumel and our new location Los Cabos rallied together to raise a tremendous $3117USD for all three months!

Our goal was to get through all the red tape – opening a blood bank was a much more ambitious task than expected, and we did everything in our power to achieve this goal. After months of meetings, negotiations, arguments with government officials and more, our Blood Bank proposal was rejected by the state of Quintana Roo and we had to abandon the idea of opening a Blood Bank.

We pondered, and ummmed, and ahhhed and wondered what to do…then it hit us – let’s sit down with Red Cross Cozumel and see where Lela’s donation could be best put to work! So, after looking at their big picture, S

alsa and Salsa, along with Lela, Lela II and Lela III (hehehe) decided your donations would have to SAVE LIVES!

As it would have done with the Blood Bank, your donations went towards the purchase to two necessary pieces of equipment for the volunteer work of the Red Cross in Cozumel. You’ll be proud to know your donation went t

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wards an EKG machine and a defibrillator. Both machines will be used in the 5 ambulances which Red Cross has on the island. The defibrillator has already save a man’s life and both machines will help hundreds of people more!

The Red Cross in Mexico runs solely on donations, with no government support. When we approached the Director for Red Cross Cozumel, Mr Dagoberto, with our idea, he thanked us with a hug which I can only describe as being the warmest, most appreciative hug I have ever experienced in my life. The machines have arrived to Cozumel, and Red Cross wants to thank each and every one of you,  thanks to your kind and generous help – you’ve done something that will truly make a difference to this island – and it is something that will last forever.

Thank you one and all – and we look forward to hearing from you.

Dancing Chef – Cozumel

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