As our villa became more and more popular as a prime luxury vacation retreat, we began looking for ways to give back to the local community as well as other charitable organizations.  We founded Friends of Cabrera, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to create a foundational bedrock organization that could help provide assistance throughout the local area.  A private school was founded in Cabrera, now called Faro de Cabrera, and we ultimately transferred control of the charity to them for the purpose of fund-raising specifically for the school.

At the same time, this was happening, we encountered the DREAM Project with a very well-formed mission, organization, management, and excellent fund-raising capabilities.  We came up with a creative way to help DREAM, and other charitable organizations, to obtain large donations–we provided them with a week in our villa they could auction off.  Most charitable organizations have annual fund-raisers involving charity auctions.  This turned out to be perfect!

Over the years we have been able to donate a few days or an entire week to various charity auctions.  The charities auction off a magnificent vacation package in the luxury of Villa Castellamonte.  The proceeds from the auction, 100% of the proceeds, remain with the charity.  The donor who purchased the package gets a fantastic tax deduction and we get the joy of knowing we have been able to make a true difference in the lives of many.


We make a difference in every life we touch and through our Charitable Vacation Program we touch many more lives.

  • The DREAM Project – The DREAM Project provides more than 800,000 hours of quality education to more than 9,000 children through 14 different programs across 27 communities in the Dominican Republic. In addition, DREAM programs indirectly benefit thousands more each year by reaching our students’ family members, social networks and their extended communities.

  • 15/40 Connection – 15/40 Connection teaches people how to detect cancer early to save lives.  They are focused on educating and empowering people about early cancer detection.  The founders of this charity also rented Villa Castellamonte for their family retreats for nearly a decade!

  • Dave Thomas Foundation – The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national, nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes and loving families for the nearly 155,000 children waiting in North America’s foster care systems.

  • Unicef Snowflake Ball – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first.

  • Your Charity Goes HereContact us to learn if your charitable auction qualifies for and could benefit from our Charitable Vacation Program.