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By José Antonio Perez
With additional support specifically for educational programs for a second year in a row, donations raised from the 2016 Rocky Point Rally were presented to the traditional 7 organizations that receive benefits from the annual event.
Promoters, organizers, and volunteers from the annual motorcycle event gathered with Mayor Kiko Munro and First Lady Linda Pivac de Munro, along with other city officials at the Municipal DIF offices for presentation of this year’s fund-raising efforts, which in all totaled 383,066 pesos (approximately $20,000 USD). It is worth noting this is over $2000 US more than that raised in 2015, which had already topped previous year fundraising. Fund-raising efforts of the Rocky Point Rally stem principally from the voluntary registration donation made by many of the bikers.
The organizing committee presented individual amounts of nearly 50,000 pesos to each of the charitable organizations: Fire Department, La Montaña CAM School for children with Special Needs, the Red Cross, José Dávalos Home for the Elderly, the George Papanicolaou Cancer Awareness and Screening Group, and the Municipal DIF offices in both Puerto Peñasco and Sonoyta. An additional amount of over $300 US, raised during the Bike Show with support from American Legion MX Post 15, was presented specifically to educational needs for Peñasco students studying outside the city.
Oscar Palacio Soto, President of the Rocky Point Rally Organizing Committee, noted the 2016 Rocky Point Rally was a success, bringing together more than 8000 bikers and along with it an important economic boost to the city. He noted for the first time since the Rocky Point Rally began in 2001, area hotels were reporting full occupancy at least two months out from the event.
These numbers, he stated, confirm the Rally’s spot as the second most important tourism period for Peñasco, just behind Semana Santa (Holy Week) vacation.
Acknowledging the important work of city offices, including Public Safety, Public Services, and the mayor’s office in general, Palacio Soto underscored results obtained to date represent a grand achievement for Peñasco as a city. The event encompasses the work of numerous individuals and organizations, with planning that begins many months out precisely to ensure its ongoing success.
Mayor Kiko Munro stressed the positive impact these donations will certainly have on the different institutions, expressing his satisfaction and pride in continuing to work with diverse sectors of the community in helping Puerto Peñasco stand out both nationally and internationally through successful events such as the Rocky Point Rally.
Plans are already underway for the 2017 Rocky Point Rally, with dates set for Nov. 9 – 12, 2017. www.rockypointrally.com