Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fame, Fans, Favorites, Food, Fotos, Fun & Fundraising

Gil SperrySan Diego Mexican Culture Examiner
September 15, 2013

Imagine if you had the opportunity sometime in your life to honor and then break bread, imbibe, & socialize with the best-of-the-best (in what YOU like best) for two uninterrupted hours while helping one of the most worthy causes on the planet. What would you pay for that privilege? Oh, and we almost forgot to mention that your time with your favorites would also be memorialized with a commemorative signed photo. Please hold your answer until you read the rest of this short, to-the-point, article.

If you are a mariachi aficionado, it will all come together for you on Thursday evening, October 3rd, beginning at 5:30 PM. That is when the Rosarito Beach Hotel will be inducting two giants of the genre into Baja California's Superstars of Mexican Music Salon de Fama (Hall of Fame) located in the Salon Chabert. After the ceremony and Rueda de Prensa (Press Conference) honoring Ruben Fuentes and Pepe Martinez, Sr. of el mejor del mundo, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, everyone will move to the adjacent Salon Quixote for the two-hour'Botanas y Bebidas con las Estrellas' (Appetizers and Beverages with the Stars) reception.

There, in collaboration with the hotel and the region's best restaurants/wineries, everyone will get to meet, greet, chat, eat, drink, & be photographed with some of the most accomplished mariachi on the planet: the members of Vargas AND the Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas. Since ALL of the food/drink is being donated by the co-hosts, 100% of the funds raised from this event (not just the profits) will go directly to the benefit of the Club de Ninos y Ninas Seccion Rosarito. One of the city's best professional photographers, Photovarna, will also be on hand to capture that very special one-moment-in-time memento for the attendees.

Restaurants already committed to participating in this altruistic event are: Azteca, El Nido, La Guerita, Pancake Republic, and Susanna's. Also on board are Don Juan, the famous artisanal cheese maker from the Ruta de Queso, and the acclaimed winery from the Valle de Guadalupe, L.A. Cetto.

Everything...the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, the reception with the stars, the best comestibles/beverages of the region, & the commemorative photo...will cost just $25 per person. ALL of that amount will be donated directly to the Boys and Girls Club of Rosarito.

If you have already booked rooms/tickets for the 4th Annual Rosarito Beach International Mariachi & Folklorico Festival, this would be the appropriate time to lock-in your tickets to this just-added, very special event. 

You may do so by contacting Rosy Torres, the President of the Boys and Girls Club or via phone at (661) 850-1773 or Gil Sperry, Official Goodwill Ambassador for Rosarito Beach at: or via phone at (619) 887-9288. If you still need to reserve your room and buy your tickets, the information listed above for this special evening's soiree is in the process of being added to the appropriate websites: and 

When booking tickets directly with the hotel at (800) 343-8582, the reservations people will be able to help you with this extra added benefit fundraiser.

This promises to be an unforgettable evening for all mariachi fans and for supporters of the local Boys and Girls Club.

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