Thanks to supporters of Ventanas de Oportunidad Charity Golf Tournament
By Naomi Lawler
On July 5, 2014, Ventanas de Oportunidad Charity Golf Tournament produced by San Miguel Angels for Education, united the San Miguel community and hosted Mexican actor Aaron Diaz in support of providing quality bilingual education for children living in local orphanages. With help from a generous donation of $25,000 USD presented by Donna Draney, representing the Mark Paul Terk Charitable Trust, the event resulted in proceeds of over $600,000 pesos. SMAFE’s scholarship program will continue to support bilingual education expenses for 10 girls in Casa Hogar Santa Julia and enroll two boys from Mexiquitos in the scholarship program. Money raised goes toward tuition, uniforms, transportation and outside programming such as mentoring and civic engagement.
The community support for Ventanas de Oportunidad was evident as it exceeded participation goals with a total of 111 golfers. Main sponsors of the event were Ventanas, Grupo Imagen, City of San Miguel, Gazo, Namuh, La Europea, Desmex and Longhorn. Twenty-one golfers won prizes, and the coveted $50,000 USD Hole In One prize was missed by only an inch. First place went to Julio C. Ramirez, Jorge Ramirez and Xiomara Garcia. Ana Laura Azcarraga, Ana Laura Villarreal and Benito Gonzalez won second place and Barbara and Mike Hennings and David Byars took third place. José Antonio Hernández Díaz Infante won prizes in two categories: longest drive (298 m) and second closest to the pin at hole nine. The ladies’ longest drive award went to Graciela Garza (204 m).
The golf tournament was followed by a silent auction and lunch at which guests were able to meet and mingle with some of the children and community supporters Pepe Baez & Aaron Diaz. Ventanas Director of Golf, Jose Antonio Hernandez, encouraged the prize winners to participate in auctioning off their prizes for further financial support of the fundraiser. “We are so grateful to Ventanas de San Miguel Golf & Resort for their incredible commitment to charity in the community and specifically to causes that support the most vulnerable children in our population, those living in orphanages without the familial support and resources to break the cycles of poverty, abuse and neglect that can eventually perpetuate violence, lack of education and ignorance in the population,” said Director of San Miguel Angels For Education, Naomi Lawler.
SMAFE is hoping to expand their program to be able to help more children living in local orphanages. Beyond financial contributions, the organization is seeking instrumental leaders, fundraising support and Spanish-speaking volunteers who can commit to serving as positive role models and mentors to children in the program. Support for the education of these children helps break cycles of violence and lift the community as a whole. Naomi Lawler stated, “We are thankful beyond words to our participants and the community for their amazing support. Without them, this event is not possible and our program cannot exist to help the children most needy and deserving of our efforts.”
For more information on SMAFE or Ventanas de Oportunidad, please contact SMAFE director Naomi Lawler: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our websitewww.ventanasdeoportunidad.org