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The children we assist live in the Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa area of southern Mexico.

Our Directors


Richard and Gloria Bellack

Dick and Gloria Bellack divide their busy lives between homes in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Sarasota, Florida. They are co-founders of the Zihua Sailfest in 2002, and founders of Por Los Niños de Zihuatanejo in 2005. Through their Bellack Foundation, they have been the generous supporters of Sailfest. Dick manages our finances; while the irrepressible Gloria ricochets from school to school distributing supplies and hope for the future.

Carol Romain

Carol is the Secretary/Treasurer for the commitee, she runs the  Rice and Beans program, serves on the board of directors for ninos adelante and the newly formed casa pacifica scholarship program. As well as Amigoes de los Animales and the Aailfest Chairperson.  She originally is from BC Canada and is now a fully retired or tired resident of Zihuatanejo.

Albert “Pete” Boyce

Albert “Pete” Boyce, an active supporter of the Zihua Sailfest since 2004, joined our Board of directors in 2008. Captain of the sailing vessel Edelweiss, Pete represents our hard-working and compassionate volunteers in the sailing (cruising) community. Pete’s philanthropic foundation is an important annual donor in our efforts to improve the lives of more than 3,000 children.

Lawrence “Lorenzo” Marbut

Lawrence “Lorenzo” Marbut is our foundation administrator, and the founder of our U.S. Non-profit partner, Los Niños, Inc.  Lorenzo chairs the Education & International Relations committees for the Zihuatanejo Rotary Club.  He also serves on two Zihuatanejo Municipal Education committees.  Originally from Portland, Oregon, Lorenzo has lived in Zihuatanejo since 2003.

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