While living on the island, I learned from my dear friend, Molly Fisher (now founder of PEACE), how we could use our connections with the tourist population to raise funds for the local people. We would hold art events in my coffee shop, fundraisers on the street, etc. Molly eventually moved to Vallarta and founded PEACE (protection and Education of Animals, Culture and Environment) and one of the first projects she and I worked on together was creating a gallery/workshop for a local co-op. It was a success and from that we created and opened the Art and Philanthropy Gallery. I focused on the online presence in the states while she created the product with the women in Mexico. I would then promote and sell our products.