Ventanas de Oportunidad Golf Tournament
By Naomi Lawler
There was a chill in the air and dampness all around, but that did not stop the multitude of golfers who attended the First Annual Ventanas de Oportunidad Charity Golf Tournament (Windows of Opportunity) on July 6 at Ventanas de San Miguel Golf & Resort. The spectacular turnout and outpouring of love for the girls of Casa Hogar Santa Julia Don Bosco was palpable. Those associated with CHSJ, the Madres, girls, advisory council, and Friends of Santa Julia, all want to express our deep appreciation for the participants, sponsors and donors who enabled this event to not only take place, but to surpass our expectations.
The golfers were all magnificent and talented as there were many prizes on the line. Three teams tied with 34 net shots, but according to the lowest handicaps, the winners were as follows: Raúl Ariza, Mauricio López, first place; Leonel López, Miguel Pallares and Luis Guillermo Mier, second place; and Mary Sullivan, Pat Keon and Peter Conway in third place. A festive atmosphere followed the scramble, culminating in a wonderful and sumptuous awards luncheon prepared and served by our best local caterers, Alicia Vilar and Armando Prats.
Pepe Báez, radio host at Grupo Imagen, was a champion for Casa Hogar Santa Julia and invited organizers of the event to his radio studio to promote the tournament and discuss CHSJ needs. He kindly accepted an invitation to attend the event and introduced Karla Souza, the female lead in the Mexican blockbuster film Nosotros Los Nobles, who showed her incredible support for Casa Hogar Santa Julia as the special celebrity guest and co-spokesperson at the awards luncheon. Karla expressed her appreciation to guests and spoke to them about importance of community involvement and charitable support in Mexico.
Special recognition goes out to Karla Souza, Pepe Báez and Grupo Imagen, our sponsors: José Antonio Hernández and Ventanas de San Miguel, Desmex, Gazo, San Miguel Weddings, Consejo Turistico de San Miguel, Chrysler San Miguel, Club Car, La Azotea, La Europea, Longhorn Smokehouse, The Restaurant, Cuna De Tierra, visitsanmiguel.com, Esencia Yoga Spa, Namuh, La Morada Hotel, Recreo, San Miguel Management, Hathaway Golf Development, Premier San Miguel, Zagar Construction, Ambrosia, Erik Zavala, Casa Armida and Alejandro Rivera. Several San Miguel restaurants, including OKO, Café Firenze, Cooking Factory, Vivoli, Hecho en Mexico, La Maple and La Espiga bakeries provided delicious food for our incredible volunteers who worked tirelessly to make our event run smoothly and successfully. Additional generous donors of beautiful items of art, jewelry, hotel accommodations, spa services and home decor for our silent auction contributed to the success of our event. We are overwhelmed with gratitude to all of these entities and participants who represent angels to the girls!
Ventanas de Oportunidad is an annual charity golf tournament dedicated to providing funds for superior educational opportunities to children in local orphanages. After all expenses paid, over 320,000 pesos were raised and will be earmarked to provide scholarships to private, bilingual schools for Casa Hogar Santa Julia girls. While this tournament was considered a great first success for Ventanas de Oportunidad and Casa Hogar Santa Julia girls, there is still a significant financial need unmet at CHSJ. The general operating costs in caring for the girls’ basic needs are more than 1,300,000 pesos annually. Educational expenses for private schools and other special programs are not included in these general expenses. In order to send one child to private school in San Miguel, it costs approximately 50,000 pesos annually.
As many of you are aware, Casa Hogar Santa Julia, AC does not receive monies from either the government or the church. Since 2005, a dedicated group of volunteers has helped the Madres and girls through fundraising events, volunteer labor, and creating awareness in the community of Casa Hogar Santa Julia’s needs. The Santa Julia Advisory Council, Friends of Santa Julia, donors and volunteers all work to implement plans to sustain Casa Hogar Santa Julia. CHSJ has volunteer positions available in the areas of administration, education, facilities, finance, health, marketing, and volunteerism. For more information, please visit our websites at www.santajulia.org and www.ventanasdeoportunidad.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.