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8 November 2014

Eleventh Annual Mexican Fiesta

This year we're continueing a vibrant theme to our annual Fall Fund Raiser: we're celebrating Día de los Muertos.

Once again, we're holding the prices down for our adult customers! All prices for adults will remain the same as they have been since the first Fiesta: just $50/single and $90/couple. Additionally, prices have been changed for the kids in order to make the event more accessible to families. Purchase your admission online, or if you prefer, use our handy mail-in registration form.

See you there!

UPDATE: The presentation that was made at this year's event is now available for download.

8 October 2014

Charlene Sugawara

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Charlene Sugawara. Charlene held the board position of VP of Communication and was a tireless supporter and volunteer for the Elena Macias Foundation. She had been with EMF for several years.

Charlene has left an empty place at our table and in our hearts. She is greatly missed, but her contributions to EMF will not soon be forgotten.

Thank you, Charlene. Te extrañamos.

Charlene

29 March 2014

Texas Hold 'em Tournament
Join us for an evening of good ole Texas Hold'em ! Here’s what you get:

  • First place braggin’ rights and a plaque
  • Top 3 finishers will also receive a gift basket
  • Finger foods & drinks will be provided

Register online.

11 June 2013

Academic Cycle is About to Start

It's time to begin the 2013-2014 scholarship cycle for our EMF scholarship students. We have 12 students graduating high school in a couple of weeks (list of students included below). Every student plans to start college in August. This year the EMF leadership will go to Mexico July 10-15 instead of the usual August timeframe to deliver scholarship supplies and make arrangements for tuitions, uniforms and book purchases.

The primary reason for making the trip in July is to attend our first scholarship student college graduation (picture below). Valeria has been in college for five years and is graduating with a law degree. We are so proud that EMF, by way of your contributions and support, has impacted this young lady's life in such a big way.

We are requesting your $225 donation by mid-July instead of end of July as usual. Our current costs put us on an average spend of $1,100 to $1,500 per college student annually and we will have 22 students attending university next year. We are subsidizing these costs by beginning to assign multiple sponsors to each college student and from our 'college fund' which we've created from savings each year as we shop for school supplies for all the Junior and High School kids. While our financial planning is sound, costs continue to rise which makes the risk of not being able to cover expenses a real possibility. So if you'd like to contribute a little extra toward your student(s) college expenses, we will gladly accept it.

Please contact Gwen Matsu with the following:
1. Confirmation that you will continue to support your student and a date by when we can expect your donation. Let us know as soon as possible if you will not be sponsoring your student this year.

2. Indicate any interest as to whether you would like to send a gift to your graduating student so we can arrange to obtain it before we leave on July 10th.

As a reminder, our Fiesta fundraiser is scheduled for November 9th this year, so please save the date. Invitations will go out in early October.


Our first College graduate: Valeria Lizarraga the only woman in the picture. Valeria was sponsored for the last 7 years by Gwen and Dennis Matsu.

Our High School Graduates and their sponsors:

Thank you for all your support over the years.

13 August 2012 - UPDATED

Ninth Annual Mexican Fiesta

This year we're bringing a new and vibrant theme to our annual Fall Fund Raiser: we're celebrating Día de los Muertos.

Once again, we're holding the prices down for our adult customers! All prices for adults will remain the same as they have been since the first Fiesta: just $50/single and $90/couple. Additionally, prices have been changed for the kids in order to make the event more accessible to families. Purchase your admission online, or if you prefer, use our handy mail-in registration form.

See you there!

UPDATE: The Fiesta has concluded and it was another evening of fun, food, and support for our students. Thank you to all who attended or donated.

12 June 2012

Below is the list of kids that are graduating High School this year. This is the largest group of graduates since we started the program in 2004 and they are all enrolling for college in the fall. I will send you the details of their college enrollment when we return from our August trip. I want to let you know that Gloria leaves for Mexico on the 20th (next week) to attend the graduations. Please contact her if you'd like to send something to your student.

I also want to let you that I am now starting the new scholarship cycle and would like to receive your pledge that you will continue to sponsor your student or your pledge to begin your support of a student. The sponsorship donation, still $225 per student, is due at the end of July. The foundation subsidizes the difference, from our college fund, for the increased cost of college attendance (we are averaging about $1400 per college student per year).

Let me know if you have any questions. As sponsors, you should feel very proud that you are responsible for making a difference in these kids' lives. I congratulate you!

Last Name First Name Start Year Sponsors
Arramburo Barron
Leticia Carmina 2011 Cliff & Barbara Sugawara
Colado Manjarrez
Pablo de Jesus 2006 Abel Tirado
Garcia Cabanillas
Perla Marina 2011 Gloria & Robert Law
Medina Santos
Vanessa 2006 Brynn & Marv Cope
Reyes Morales
Everardo 2008 Johnny & Sharon Welton
Valdez Castro
Noheli Melissa 2006 Frank & Lorraine Miramontes
Zambrano Rodriguez
Laura Marleth 2006 Tina Williams

12 June 2012

We're coming to the close of the 2011-2012 school year. Thank you for your continued support of this program - sponsoring students to allow them continue their education. These children would not be able to go to school or have school supplies if it weren't for you.

It is time to begin the scholarship cycle for 2012-2013. Your $225 per student donation will again help provide school supplies, books, uniforms, shoes, and tuition for the year.
In order to plan for the upcoming school year can you please let me know the following right away::

1. If you will continue with your $225 per student sponsorship(s). It is essential that we know if you do not intend to continue sponsoring your student so we can try and find another sponsor for him/her.
2. If you are willing to sponsor another student in the event that your sponsored student loses his/her scholarship due to grades or has dropped out. We hope to have final grades by mid-July.
3. If you know anyone who might be interested in sponsoring a child.
4. If you are interested in traveling with us in August to deliver the scholarships.

Donations are needed by July 31 so we can purchase supplies and pay tuitions before the 2012-2013 school year begins. Our August trip is scheduled for August 21-28.

Donations can be made through our website on the purchases page or a check can be made payable to EMF and sent to:

Elena Macias Foundation.
2307 Harewood Dr.
Livermore, CA 94551

Thank you again for all your support.

21 September 2011

Eighth Annual Mexican Fiesta ticket now available - UPDATE - Tickets are no longer available. Thank you for your participation.

Tickets are now available for our big, colorful, and fun Annual Mexican Fiesta.

News for this year: we've added special pricing and activities for the kids. Come one, come all!

Once again, we're holding the prices down for our adult customers! All prices will remain the same as they have been since the first Fiesta: just $50/single and $90/couple. Purchase your admission online, or if you prefer, use our handy mail-in registration form.

See you there!

20 September 2011

Fundraiser Solicitation Letter available for download

EMF relies upon the generous donations of products and services from the business community. If you are a business person or you can help us be soliciting donations from businesses in your area, please visit our downloads page to obtain your copy of the official 2011 solicitation letter.

The letter provides background on EMF and the work that we do, and also provides the donor with contact information.

1 Aug 2011

EMF needs more sponsors!

This year, as our sponsorship program becomes more popular in Agua Verde, we have many more new applicants. As a result, we need sponsors.

To those of you who sponsor one or more kids and have already sent in your donation, I thank you for your continued support.

If you are a sponsor and have not yet sent in your donation, contact me and let me know when we can expect it. If you are choosing not to sponsor your child this year, I need to know right away so we can place the child with another sponsor.

There are many who have been sponsors in past years and many who have not. Regardless of your past association with our program, I ask that you consider supporting a child this year.

Only $225 enables a child to stay in school beyond 6th grade and pays all their school expenses for a full year. That's less than $20 per month!

You will find information about this program here. This is our seventh year offering this program and we are proud to say we will have 9 kids in college this year.

I am also asking that you forward a link to this page to anyone you think might be interested in sponsoring a child.

Thank you for your continued support,

Gwen Matrsu
Vice President - Finance
Elena Macías Foundation


Hola,

Nuestro programa de patricinio a los estudiantes está más popular que nunca, y por eso necesitamos patrocinadores.

Para aquellos de ustedes que ya patrocinan uno o más ninos y ya han enviado su donación, le doy las gracias por su continuo apoyo.

Si usted es uno de los patrocinadores y aún no han enviado su donativo, por favor responda a este mensaje y me deje saber cuando lo podemos esperar. Si usted ha eligido no seguir apoyando nuestro programa de ayuda a estudiantes de Aguaverde, lo que necesito saber de inmediato para que podamos colocar al niño con otro patrocinador.

Hay muchas personas que han sido patrocinadores en los últimos años y muchos otros que no lo han sido, les pido que considerar el apoyo a un niño este año.

Con sólo US$225 permite que un niño permanezca en la escuela más allá de 6 º grado y cubre todos sus gastos escolares de el estudiante durante un año completo. Eso es menos de US$20 por mes!

Puede encontrar información acerca de este programa aquí. Este es nuestro séptimo año que ofrece este programa y estamos orgullosos de decir, vamos a tener nueve estudiantes en la universidad este año.

También pido que transmita la presente a quien usted piensa que podiera estar interesado en patrocinar un niño de Aguaverde.

Gracias por su apoyo,

Gwen Matsu

5 July 2011

EMF receives new applicants for scholarships

Following her most recent trip to Agua Verde, Foundation President Gloria Purcell has returned with scholarship applications for 30 new students. Prospective sponsors will be contacted as soon as the applications are translated to English.

Would you like to participate in this meaningful and rewarding effort as a sponsor? If so, please use the "Contact Us" link to in the left column of this page and we'll be happy to answer any and all of your questions.

20 May 2011 (updated 5 July 2001)

Garage Sale for the Elena Macias Foundation

UPDATE: We had a very successful garage sale. Thanks for your donations and your participation. We're happy to announce that we raised $1,400 to support the kids of Agua Verde.

We would like to offer a very special "thank you" to Leticia Flores and Christina Chavez for working so hard organizing and participating in this event, and to Karen Casey and Gaby Osuna for their help.

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The foundation is having a garage sale (check out our flyer attached) and we need your help. Could you PLEASE look in your garage or closets and give us any good items you don't want or need for our garage sale? All proceeds go to the kids of Agua Verde, Mazatlan.

Call Tisha (phone # on flyer) and she will pick up your stuff and THANK YOU. We would be happy to give you a tax donation letter for your taxes.

Also, please stop by if you can and see all of the wonderful items we'll have for sale. The address for the garage sale is also on the flyer below.

Thanks!

Garage Sale!

18 May 2011

Agua Verde students learning English in Rosario
Several Agua Verde students have been studying English successfully in a very nice technical school in Rosario (a town several miles outside of Agua Verde. Take a look at the classrooms and read about how the Elena Macias Foundation is participating.

16 May 2011

Sixth Annual Casino Night Fund Raiser Announced
The date for the Sixth Annual Casino Night benefitting the Elena Macias Foundation has been announced. This is a night of fun and food with a Monte Carlo flair!

Register online or fill out our mail-in form.

24 April 2011

March 2011 trip to Agua Verde
Every year in the spring representatives from the Elena Macias Foundation travel to Agua Verde to distribute shoes to children in schools throughout the town.  In addition, we give a 2nd set of school supplies and shoes to our scholarship kids, take the top ranking students on a day trip to Mazatlan, and do other activities on behalf of the Elena Macias Foundation.  Here are a few memories we captured from our trip.  We hope you enjoy them and will join us on a future journey to help the children of Agua Verde.

Please take a look at the slide show from the event featuring our students and their sponsors.

26 November 2010

Seventh Annual Mexican Fiesta was lots of fun!
Our annual fiesta was a successful event again this year. Please take a look at the slide show from the event featuring our students and their sponsors.

15 April 2010

Elena Macias Foundation is on Facebook!
If you are a Facebook user, please join us there to share news and to stay informed about what the Foundation is doing.

22 March 2010

Fifth Annual Casino Night Announced
The date for the Fourth Annual Casino Night benefitting the Elena Macias Foundation has been announced. This is a night of fun and food with a Monte Carlo flair!

Seventh Annual Mexican Fiesta Announced
Once again we invite you to attend our annual "Mexican Fiesta" fund raiser. This big event features dinner (catered by Rodeo's Catering), dancing, entertainment, silent auctions, raffles, and a no-host bar. Come and enjoy Ballet Folklorico. You don't want to miss this one!

14 January 2010

Christmas stockings delivered
This year, sponsors had an opportunity to send a special Avon Gift Stocking to their student. The stocking were delivered in time for Christmas and the students were really grateful to receive their surprise gifts.

Each gift stocking contained an Avon cologne set and assorted candies.

Forty percent of the purchase price directly supports the work of Elena Macias Foundation, and for everybody who participated, we say, "Thanks!"

New media available
The Scholastic Yearbook for 2009-2010 was presented at the 2009 Fiesta Dinner and Dance. You can now download a copy of the yearbook, or watch it as a video.

3 September 2009

News about this years "crop" of students!
Gwen Matsu has just returned form Agua Verde and tells us:


"We're back from our trip to Agua Verde. We ended up with 83 kids this year (22 in high school now) and 3 in college. It was a good trip, other than the heat and running out of time to do everything. With so many kids to see, we need more days.

The kids are doing great. Our drop out rate for our first year students was only 3% compared to 35% in previous years. Only one child from this first year group was dropped from the program due to grades! We lost a total of 12 of the 72 kids in the program overall (17% compared to about 30% in the past) and only four due to grades.

We are seeing a real positive change in these kids. Their grades are improving and they are staying in school. Plus, the parents and the kids are now doing their community service on a regular basis. We are real pleased with the changes we are seeing."

Gwen says that the letters from your sponsored student(s) are currently being translated and should be available soon. Also, we should have some new photos to post here on the web site soon.

Don't forget to make plans to attend the Annual Fiesta coming on October. The Fiesta is one of the Foundation's biggest fund raising events, and your support is a very important part of it. Won't you plan to be a part of this success?

10 August 2009

Spring 2009 Graduation slideshow is now available!
See this year's graduation ceremony in Agua Verde. This is the first year that the graduating students have worn caps and gowns. The Elena Macías Foundation is very proud to have provided the caps and gowns, and to have supported the education of the students wearing them.

Take a moment to see for yourself how your donations change the lives of the young people of Agua Verde.

16 July 2009

Sixth Annual Mexican Fiesta location announced
Our Annual Mexican Fiesta has a new venue! We're moving our biggest fund rasing event or the year to BJM Hall in Hayward, CA. (Map)

The best news of all is that we're holding the prices down! All prices will remain the same as they have been since the first Fiesta: just $50/single and $90/couple. Purchase your admission online, or if you prefer, use our handy mail-in registration form.

See you there!

13 November 2008

Fourth Annual Casino Night Announced
The date for the Fourth Annual Casino Night benefitting the Elena Macias Foundation has been announced. This is a night of fun and food with a Monte Carlo flair!

Sixth Annual Mexican Fiesta Announced
Once again we invite you to attend our annual "Mexican Fiesta" fund raiser. This big event features dinner (catered by Rodeos Catering), dancing, entertainment, silent auctions, raffles, and a no-host bar. Come and enjoy Ballet Folklorico. You don't want to miss this one!

20 August 2008
Fifth Annual Mexican Fiesta Announced
Once again we invited you to attend our annual "Mexican Fiesta" fund raiser. This big event features dinner (catered by Rodeos Catering), dancing, entertainment, silent auctions, raffles, and a no-host bar. Come and enjoy Ballet Folklorico Caulyan. You don't want to miss this one!
29 Feb 2008
Feb 2008 Agua Verde Spring Trip
Gwen Matsu provides information about student grades and the upcoming spring trip to Agua Verde.
21 Jan 2008
Date and time change for this year's Casino night
The new date is May 3, 6pm to 10pm.
18 July 2007
Feb 2007 Agua Verde Trip
Our trip to Agua Verde in February was a success. Eight of us went and we handed out 1,500 pairs of shoes to the school kids. We also met with our scholarship kids to give them their second installment on school supplies and shoes.
01 March 2007
Casino Night for 2007 announced
You can now register for the Second Annual Casino Night benefitting the Elena Macias Foundation. This is a night of fun and food with a Monte Carlo flair!
01 February 2007
New location found for Fiesta and Casino Night
Today, the Foundation has inked a deal with the Veteran Memorial Hall as the new location for both of its annual fund raising events: The Mexican Fiesta and Dance (held in September), and the Casino Night (held in April). The Veterans Memorial Hall is located at 525 South L St. in Livermore
19 December 2006
2006 - 2007 Scholarship Year Time Line Announced
This is a note from Gwen Matsu (VP Finance) to scholarship sponsors announcing the time line for this year's scholarship processing cycle.
28 September 2006
August 2006 Scholarships
In August, we went to Agua Verde again, this time to award scholarships to 43 deserving students. Thanks to all of our scholarship sponsors for making this possible.
17 September 2006
Third Annual Mexican Fiesta A Success!
We had a great one this time! Great food mixed liberally with great entertainment. Ballet Folklorico performers brought down the house, and then brought us all on stage with them!
31 June 2006
Third Annual Mexican Fiesta Announced
Once again its time for the Annual Mexican Fiesta Fund Raiser, and you're invited. This big party features dinner catered by El Balazo, dancing, entertainment, silent auctions, raffles, and a no-host bar. Several surprises are planned. You don't want to miss this one!
6 May 2006
Casino night a big success
Thank you to everybody who attended or worked to make this event such a success! And, a very special thanks to Iggi Monahelis, our host! We raised over $4200! That money will be used to improve the rest room facilities at a couple of the schools in Agua Verde where the current conditions are intolerable.
12 Apr 2006
2006 - 2007 Scholarship Candidates Announced
This is a note from Gwen Matsu (VP Finance) to current, new, and prospective scholarship sponsors announcing the list of continuing and new scholarship candidates.
 

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