Santa Fe, NM – September 24th, 2009 – The Buckaroo Ball Foundation today announced that it had made grants totaling $30,500 to agencies serving Santa Fe County at-risk children. To date the Foundation has made grants of over $6.75 million in Santa Fe County, mostly raised from the signature event, The Buckaroo Ball, which was first held in 1994.
The postponement of the 2009 Buckaroo Ball reduced the fundraising capacity of the Foundation considerably, but through direct solicitation and various events such as the Kentucky Derby Day Event among others, the Foundation has been able to support organizations which are themselves facing a severe financial shortfall.
Agencies receiving funds for this year are:
FACT (Fine Arts for Children & Teens), Food Depot, Gerard’s House, Girls On the Run Santa Fe, Girls Inc. of Santa Fe, Heart Gallery, IMPACT Personal Safety, La Familia Medical Center, New Vistas, Outside In, Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association, St. Elizabeth Shelter, UNM Cancer Research & Treatment Center/UNM Foundation.
“After 15 years of cooperating closely with over 200 agencies that do superb work with children in Santa Fe, we felt a strong obligation to do all we could this year to raise as much money as we could in an economic downturn and to recognize the vital efforts of these agencies,” said Barbara Damron, Buckaroo Foundation Corporate Chairperson. “Making the decision to cancel the 2009 Ball was a difficult one, because we knew it would be challenging to raise the hundreds of thousands of dollars we usually are able to obtain for these agencies. We hope that today’s grant announcement demonstrates our commitment to doing whatever we can to support the important work of caring for the welfare, health and development of children in Santa Fe County.”
Katrina Koehler, Executive Director, Gerard’s House said:
“Kudos to the Buckaroo Ball for continuing to raise money for at-risk youth during this economic downturn. This year’s grant to Gerard’s House will help fund our free weekly peer grief support groups and summer camps for children ages 7-10, and adolescents ages 11-14. All of these young people have experienced the death of a mother, father, brother, sister, friend, or other important person. It is powerfully healing for them to be in a safe, caring environment. They can work through their grief, supported by their peers who are also grieving, with play, talking and listening, art projects, memorializing rituals and drama.”
Alena Schaim, Exec. Director/Instructor, IMPACT Personal Safety said:
“Buckaroo’s support means that we will be able to continue providing bilingual classes to Agua Fria Elementary School children in staying safe with strangers and people they know, as well as help at-risk teen girls with the Self-Awareness School Support Group at Capshaw Middle School learn boundary-setting and self-defense skills. We know these skills change and save lives, so we are very glad to continue providing these important services to these two schools and others!”
David Lescht, Founder/Director at Outside In Productions said:
“Buckaroo Ball funding has been crucial to our Youth with Promise program which helps to transform high risk youth and juvenile offenders through a continuous series of music dance and visual art workshops.”
Sharon Askwith, Director of Development, La Familia Medical Center said:
“Pregnant women and children in Santa Fe County who are without health insurance and who do not have the ability to pay for medical/dental care are at-risk for both medical and dental problems. With support from the Buckaroo Ball Foundation, La Familia Medical Center’s ‘Healthy Children’s Initiative’ program’s goal is to provide the medical/dental care for these women and children regardless of their ability to pay for services.”
Deborah Tang, Executive Director, St. Elizabeth Shelter. said:
“The Buckaroo Ball grant will aid our Sonrisa Family Transitional Living Program that provides apartments at significantly below-market rents for homeless families with children. Children under five are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, and our Sonrisa program provides them with a home and full range of supportive services, including counseling, while their parents work with our staff to address and overcome the issues leading to their becoming homeless. Historically, 80 percent of families in the program successfully leave for permanent housing within their two-year stay limit.”
Buckaroo Ball Foundation is currently planning its 2010 signature weekend event Ball, and will announce details later this year.