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.




2011 Annual Report Now Online!

Finishing the 2011 Annual Report, which can now be viewed on our website, has been a great opportunity to reflect on the changes we saw and the accomplishments that were made in 2011.  To see our report, please click here: 2011 annual report.

We look forward to more exciting activities and projects in the spring, summer and fall!


8th Annual Night Under the Stars a Success!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 8th annual “A Night under the Stars Auction Benefit” and helped make it a huge success. The event was lots of fun with a delicious Mexican buffet and a whole host of amazing performances by local folkloric dance groups, LCEF kids, Danzare Eventos, Triskele Celtic Duo, kids guitar performances led by Myranda, Blue Bay performers, Lora Loka singing, and the musicians, Pablo, Scotty, John and Denise.

For photos of this event (kindly taken by Jeanne Harvey) please see our facebook page.

The total revenue from the Silent Auction & Party was $57,415 pesos and the Online Auction raised $39,912 pesos, for a grand total of $97,327MXN Pesos! After expenses the net income from both auctions totals $80,005 pesos! A full budget is available here.

These funds will go directly to support the free educational programs offered by LCEF, the continued construction of the Costa Alegre Educational Centre, and the local public schools. For more details on our programs please click here.


We would like to express sincere appreciation to all the many volunteers and donors who helped make this night possible! For a full list please click here.

Thank you once again to everyone who volunteered, donated goods and came out for the great event! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions or would like to be involved next year!


Online Auction Fundraiser a Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the La Catalina Educational Foundation online auction fundraiser  such a success!  These funds will go directly to support the free educational programs offered by LCEF, the local public schools and  the continued construction of the Costa Alegre Educational Centre.  For more details on our programs please click here.

Here is a quick overview of the online auction:

  • $3326 was raised in promised bids!
  • 87 items were available online
  • 968 people visited the website during online auction Feb. 1-15
  • 207 bids were placed
  • 75 items were sold

Top three items sold:

1. One-Week Intensive Spanish Immersion Course for 2 persons at La Catalina Natural Language School sold for highest price at $300.

2. Casa de Flores 1 week rental at $200

3. Gift certificate for Carol Lopez art at $170.

Please remember that we also have our 8th annual “A Night under the Stars” silent auction and party coming up this Saturday, February 25th from 6pm-10pm in La Manzanilla’s main plaza.

Finally, we would like to express sincere appreciation to all the many donors who helped make the online auction possible.

Ginny Lasater

Hotel Grand Bay

Brisa del Mar

Familia Gargollo

Dolphin Cove Inn

Fillongley Forest B&B

Hotel Puesta del Sol

Hotel Delfin

Hotel Posada Pablo de Tarso

Casa de Flores

Carol Lopez

Gabriela de la Vega

Mary Jo Oberg

Gallery of the Peoples

Galleria La Manzanilla

Linda Kauffman

Rey Zapoteco

Sue Siskin

Larry Fields

Giancarlo Medina

Dr. Eduardo Pimiento Woo

Guadalupe Bike Treks


Mex-Eco Tours

Raicilla Jalisco

Cerrajeria Oscarin

Familia Van Beek

Club Santiago

Tamarindo Resort

Brenda Dempsey

Rieko Sevigny

Amayansi Centro Cosmetologico

Estetica Diosa del Mar

Kenny's Evolution Spa

Ani Mac


Pablo Martinez del Campo


Restaurante Cocodrilo Azul

Costa Careyes

Coco Cabañas

Cafe de Flores

Oasis Ocean Club

Fiesta Mexicana

Roosters Restaurant

Restaurante Sunset

Restaurante Rulas

Palapa Joe's

Restaurant Las Cabañas

Tacos del Cazador

El Patio de Sebastián

Pedro's Taco Truck

La Taza Negra

Figaros Restaurant

Restaurante Martin

Ron Stock

Discover Manzanillo

Scuba Shack

Aquatic Sports Adventures

Linda Mandala

Maedb Persram

Restaurante Los Caracoles

Quinta Valentina

Lora Loka

Señor Sushi

Tinto del Mar

La Flor del Café

Maya Tapas Bar

La Catalina Natural Language School

Nansee New

Annie Olson

Mexico Lindo

Red Lobster

Efren Gonzalez


Online Auction Runs February 1-15! Find a Great Deal and Support a Great Cause!

We are pleased to announce the annual auction fundraiser has started online! We already have an amazing line up of products and services and this is your chance to find great deals and support a great cause! To start your bidding now or learn more about the online auction, click on: 

You will find stays at fancy hotel and resorts in the Costa Alegre like Careyes Hotel & the Grand Bay Hotel, as well as stays at beautiful local vacation rentals! There are also certificates for scrumptious meals, massages, art, pedicures & services galore in the area. 

There’s something for everyone and new items will be posted daily! The online auction runs through February 15th, so don’t delay in placing your bids! 

Anything not sold online & new items that come in after February 15th will be carried over to our “Night under the Stars” Party & Silent Auction Saturday, February 25th from 6:00-10:00pm in the main plaza in La Manzanilla. This night is always a lot of fun with performances by local dance groups, live music, great food, and the auction bidding. 

We are accepting donations now for both the online and live event, so please email us at if you have something you would like to donate! 

Click here to start bidding and let the fun begin!!


Happy Holidays!!

Here at La Catalina Educational Foundation we are wrapping up another great year and would like to express our gratitude for all the support we receive. Thanks to you we are able to continue providing free educational programs that build a better future for the community of La Manzanilla!  We wish you all the best for 2012!

Need a Great Gift Idea? Donate to the Computer Lab Construction!

Construction of a second classroom is underway at the Costa Alegre Educational Center!

We would like to extend a big thank you to the municipal government of La Huerta for donating the required building permits. These permits are expensive and generally good for only one year. However, the Municipal President Carlos Roman Ramirez Nuñez and his government  counsel, believing in the charter of the new Educational Center, voted unanimously to award free permits for as long as will be necessary to complete construction of the Center.

The second larger classroom currently being constructed will become the new community classroom, and the smaller existing room will be converted to a computer lab where LCEF will offer computer classes to community members. Through a survey conducted this past September as well as through strongly expressed desires of community members, it has become very clear that what the community requires is a computer lab. Residents want to learn basic computer skills that will broaden their employment opportunities as well as their access to information and communication channels. 

A small minority of people in La Manzanilla can afford a computer but a large majority want to develop computer skills. The new computer program at the middle school only serves a tiny percentage of the population and still leaves most children and adults without the opportunity to access a computer. La Catalina Educational Foundation is stepping up to give the community what they are requesting, but we need your help!

The building foundation was laid in August with proceeds from our 7th annual “A Night under the Stars” auction and party, and we have almost been able to finish constructing the brick walls thanks to generous donations by: Jim and Susan F., Richard R. & Nansee N. (of Casa Luz), Robert R., Cyndi C., Cruz G., Kay & Tolling, Marcia G., Gabriela de la Vega and Tia & Toby (Cafe Risa). Funds are now needed (listed in US Dollars) to:
  • Finish brick walls (only 200 more bricks needed!), lay cement floor, plaster walls ($3875)
  • Install windows and door ($1500)
  • Build a palapa roof ($1167)
  • Prepare electrical system ($417)
  • Install security system ($1000)
  • Paint building ($833)

Total funds needed to complete the second classroom are $8792US.

Give the gift of education and help us finish this second classroom! Online donations can be submitted via Paypal. For more information please call 315 351 5362 or email