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Thank You Gerling Ryan OrthodonticsApril is a time to celebrate spring and Quinta Mazatlán’s 15th anniversary with a special event planned for Thursday, April 22nd. The Friends of Quinta Mazatlán have planned a very special evening honoring Mayor Jim Darling with a Legacy Award at Moon over Mazatlán.


The 15th anniversary is being celebrated with a Quinceanera theme featuring the Golden Guitar Trio, UTRGV Folkloric Dancers and the Latin VIBE Dinner Show. A special announcement will be made about Quinta Mazatlán’s grand future.

Executive Director Colleen Hook states, “Our mission to create, protect and advocate for natural spaces is more important than ever.” Hook continues, “We have to think big and act today in order to create new natural areas for the health of people and wildlife.”

The City of McAllen opened the urban sanctuary in 2006 as a mansion with a mission working to restore one native backyard at a time. Since opening, the sanctuary has provided environmental education programming and services to one million visitors. Students experience hands-on lessons on conservation, local environmental awareness and ecology. The concepts taught are tested on state-wide assessments, plus provide a unique opportunity to learn in/from nature. For many, the forest school is a first time experience for the students.

The annual celebration raises funds to support the environmental education work of the urban sanctuary. Quinta Mazatlán is thankful to the Presenting Sponsor, Drs. John Gerling and Joseph Ryan. Dr. Gerling shared, “We’re proud sponsors of Moon over Mazatlán. We support Quinta Mazatlán’s mission of environmentalism and have the additional honor of recognizing our fine Mayor Jim Darling.”

Be part of this very special event by calling Quinta Mazatlán for Sponsorship Opportunities at (956) 681-3370. The Gala Committee is designing the outdoor event to respect health protocols for the safety of the patrons.


Pictured are, left to right, Sally Guerra, board member, Dr. Joseph Ryan, Dr. John Gerling (board member), and Colleen Hook, Executive Director of Quinta Mazatlán.