La Catalina Educational Foundation is a Mexican non-profit organization aiming to raise the educational and economic level of the local people in La Manzanilla, Jalisco.




Let the Bidding Begin!

Every year the La Catalina Foundation runs an online auction fundraiser and holds ‘A Night Under the Stars’ silent auction and party.  The 2014 online auction runs from February 1st-15th. There are many great items to choose from such as gift certificates for restaurants and luxury hotels, art pieces, tours and trips in the Costa Alegre region, Spanish classes, and a whole variety of other items both big and small! New items to be bid on will be added to the online auction every couple of days, so keep checking our website up until the online auction closes, on February 15th at 10pm.

Start bidding using these links:


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‘A Night Under the Stars’ auction & party will be held on Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 and is guaranteed to be a great night! It will include not only a silent auction but also a delicious Mexican buffet and a show featuring local talent, folkloric dancers, live music and our LCF kids performing.  For photos of last year's event please see our facebook page.

The revenue generated from the online auction and the live event are distributed back to the community in three ways:

  • 25% donated to the La Manzanilla public schools
  • 25% supports our free educational programs
  • 50% allows us to continue construction on La Catalina Foundation's educational center

We are reliant on donations and volunteers to make this fundraiser a success.  If you’re interested in donating or volunteering contact us!


Fashion by the Bay benefit raises 21,961pesos for computer classes!

Student model at eventThank you to all of our supports who attended or volunteered at Fashion by the Bay event, which was held Friday, January 10th at Chantli Mare Restaurant in Boca de Iguana.  This event was a smashing success!  21, 961 pesos were raised for our new computer classroom.  With these funds, we will be able to install internet and pay our lab teacher to give additional classes to kids, youth and adults to give them an advantage for their future.

Below is a breakdown of the amount raised:

Raffle Proceeds: 7400 pesos

Event Proceeds:  14561 pesos

Total Raised (Raffle & Event): 21,961Pesos

Thank you to the following individuals and businesses who helped to make this event such a success:

Enjoying the luncheon and show!

AniMac; Brenda & Ron; Café Calypo; Carolina & Cate; Chef Greg; Chantli Mare Restaurant; Consuelo; David &Debbie; Emily; Gabriela & Pablo; Gardenia; Helping Hands Bookstore; Ibett & Roberto; Isaura; Jacqueline; Jeanne; Jocelyn Estefania; Joy; Julie & Victor; June; Kay; La Manzanilla Art Gallery; Leia; Linda & Claude; Lora Loka; Lorena; Misifus Boutique; Nancy; Nena; Octavio; Olga; Pedro; Sarahi & family;Valentin & Ester; Wings Scholarship Students; Yadira and to all the others who supported this event!!!


Fashion at the Bay Fundraising Benefit---January 10th, 2014

Mark your calendar for an elegant and unforgettable afternoon on the Tenacatita Bay!  “Fashion at the Bay” will take place Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 12pm in the Chantli Mare Inn, with all proceeds going to support the new computer literacy lab La Catalina Foundation.  Tickets are only 350 pesos ($30US) each, and includes a fancy multi-course luncheon and beverage, live music by Canadian musicians Brenda and Ron and a fashion show with a chic, eclectic array of Mexican, American and Canadian models.

There is limited seating for the Fashion at the Bay benefit so get your tickets now!  Email Julie to make your reservation at: or phone us in La Manzanilla, Mexico at 315-351-5540.  


News, Reflections & Happenings...Fall 2013

Check out the latest newsletter for updates on:

>Computer lab



>Gabriela de la Vega

>Summer Camp

>Wish List for La Manzanilla Schools


Sponsor a Student for the 2013-14 School Year!

Sponsor a student for the 2013-14 school year!

We have a great lineup of students this year who need your help to fulfill their dreams.

Check out the candidates page today!