“I am not just from Philadelphia, I am of Philadelphia”, declares Lara Goldman Philadelphia native turned Belize, Central America resident and founder of Romantic Travel Belize, a San Pedro, Belize based Destination Management Consulting firm. “My 100 year old Grandfather was born here, my mother was an original American Bandstand dancer, and my father used to drag race on the Roosevelt Boulevard with Frank Rizzo, Jr. I went to Beaver College and my entire career was based in Philly before moving to Belize” she explains. In a tale reminiscent of “Rocky”, Goldman owned a womens boxing gym and antique shops on the Main Line before her husband was tragically killed in a plane crash in 2004. In 2006 she moved to Belize, which is at the epi-center of the Mayan world, in order to help her heal, find her center and “get up off the mat”. And now she’s making a cameo appearance in Philadelphia hosting an event on May 9 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology, which she describes as the pinnacle of her career, and symbolizes her own personal renewal, similar to the meaning behind the ubiquitous December 21, 2012 date.
The “UnBelizeably In Love with Penn Museum” Fundraiser and Bridal Experience on May 9 represents a come-back for this self described Philly girl. Atiya German, Rental Facilities Manager with University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology was excited by the proposal Goldman laid out to her on the phone from her home in Belize. “Lara outlined her vision of romance in the face of the looming December 2012 date, and of course this perfectly complimented our Maya 2012: Lords of Time exhibit which opens on May 5”, says German.
With proceeds from the Auction going to support the Museum, items up for bid include jewelry from Steven Singer Jewelers, a Luxury 10 Day Belize Wedding, and a Luxury Philadelphia Wedding Package. Kameron McConnell said “…….say something incredibly catchy here” this Fundraising event is a totally ‘out of the box’ way to meet with some of the most exclusive bridal vendors in the Philadelphia region and see the Museum’s Maya 2012 exhibit at the same time. For anyone interested in archaeology or travel, the mayan world or Belize, engaged or soon to be engaged, this event will hold everyone’s interest. Even the men will enjoy this Bridal experience as tickets to see the exciting Maya 2012: Lords of Time will be discounted by nearly 25% for the evening, and the “Unbelizeably in Love with Penn Museum” is absolutely free.