CHARITIES
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    Happy auction winners with their pros.

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    Who will bid highest and take home the custom volleyball.

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    Some successful bidders with their prizes and the pros who provided.

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    The bidding is intense during the PV silent auction.

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    Auction winners with their pro patrons.

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    The Puerto Vallarta award venue is picture perfect.

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    The fun is about to start.

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    Awards and auction on the patio in Cabo San Lucas.

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    Deciding which jersey to bid on during the Ixtapa auction.

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    A beautiful custom paint job makes this Molton too pretty to play with.

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    This auction winner had a special request for her pro photo.

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    The Cabo dinner and auction is just steps away from the volleyball action.

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    Chaim Schalk signs the custom Molton for the live auction.

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    Troy Field tries his hand as an auctioneer.

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    A rousing Sociaaaaaal starts the awards ceremony in Puerto Vallarta.

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    The silent auction is popular because of the great goodies.

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    A round of shots, sans glasses, for our hard working pros.

 

School Supplies, Silent Auctions and Volleyballs

If you are going to visit a community with a group as large as an SOB Volleyball Vacations group, there is an incredible opportunity to make a difference. In 1999, SOB Volleyball Vacations created a school supplies drive and for the next 8 years, players would bring an extra bag of luggage filled with school supplies. The supplies were collected at Happy Hour on Monday night, and then on Tuesday, we would hop in a car with Jose Salinas, one or the bell captains, and head for the hills, visiting rural villages in the areas northeast of Ixtapa and handing out school supplies to barefoot children.

With the ramp up in luggage fees in recent years, the system changed. We decided it was easier, and cheaper, to encourage cash donations so we began asking players to donate a little during happy hour, or with their registration forms. We then added a silent auction to the week and auctioned off autographed items from the pros and cool SOB gear to raise a little more to donate. In 2009, we were able to raise over $1,500 which we now donate to a local Zihuatanejo non-profit that focuses on construction and maintenance of schools in the more disadvantaged neighborhoods of the area. (Los Ninos). Now between the 4 trips each winter we raise on average $10,000+ and donate to Los Ninos in Zihuat and in Cabo we support a battered women's shelter.

Lastly, we always find a way to donate some volleyballs locally each year. So if you are joining us and have a few extras, bring them down, play with them for the week, and then hook up the hotel staff, or get them to us and we will make sure they make it to the schools along with a couple of nets that we always contribute.