Concert to benefit land-mine victims
The Concert for a Landmine Free World, presented by the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation and hosted by Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, will bring together five extraordinary musicians for an intimate unplugged performance on September 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Santa Fe’s Lensic Performing Arts Center. Emmylou Harris, David Byrne, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, and Terry Allen will share the stage, and proceeds will benefit land-mine survivors and other war victims who undergo treatment and rehabilitation at VVAF’s overseas clinics.
Presented for the first time in the Southwest, this critically acclaimed musical event has toured annually in various regions of the United States since 1998 and made its European debut in January of this year. “The tragic events of September 11 and the U.S. military response in Afghanistan have brought the land-mine issue into focus for many Americans,” said Bobby Muller, president of VVAF and cofounder of the 1997 Nobel Prize-winning global campaign to ban land mines. “Humanitarian efforts in that country—let alone the survival of Afghan citizens—are severely hampered by the lingering terror of land mines.”
Gold-level tickets include premium reserved seating and a post-performance reception with the musicians at La Posada de Santa Fe. The cost is $200 each and can be purchased by calling Emily Alsen, 992-0244. General admission tickets are $55 to $95 and can be purchased in person at the Lensic box office or by calling them at 988-1234.
Attorney General warns of possible charity scam
Attorney General Patricia Madrid warned New Mexicans about a possible charity scam that has been reported in the state. Madrid advised New Mexicans to ask questions before giving away their money.
"Alert New Mexicans have contacted our office after receiving calls asking for money to help the police fight domestic violence. Unfortunately, domestic violence is such a pervasive problem in our state that caring New Mexicans may want to give money to the caller. One caller was told the money would help the Albuquerque Police Department in their fight against domestic violence while another was told it was a police association. Caller identification showed ‘out of area’ as the source of the call. We all want to reduce domestic violence in New Mexico, but be careful and ask questions to make certain the call is legitimate and your dollars will benefit New Mexicans," Madrid said.
Both the Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Albuquerque Police Department have confirmed that they are not currently participating in any telemarketing effort for this purpose.
Many good causes and charitable organizations hire telemarketers to make their phone calls, and although that saves the organizations from having to recruit volunteers to phone, much of their cash goes to telemarketing companies instead of the to the cause or charity. This means it costs money to raise money. Money spent on fund-raising, while necessary, takes away part of your contribution for specific services. Before giving, consumers should ask telemarketers exactly what percentage of their donation goes to cover telemarketing and administrative costs.
"The number one rule about phone solicitations is to never give out a credit card number unless you initiated the call," Attorney General Madrid said. "And it helps if you ask them to send you written information, even though that is not a guarantee that they are a legitimate organization. It also gives you time to check them out and to think about your contribution carefully."
Attorney General Madrid advises consumers to use the following tips to help decide whether or not to give to a phone solicitor:
- Research charities through the Office of the Attorney General at www.ago.state.nm.us to see if they are a registered charitable organization in good standing.
- Call the Better Business Bureau and check on any complaints about the organization (on-line at bbb.org).
- Get the address and phone number of the organization and call them back later. Ask where they are located when you call them back.
- Ask for written material on the campaign and the general organization.
- Ask if the person you are talking to is a hired telemarketer, and if so, how much of the money raised in the campaign goes to the telemarketing company and not to the charitable organization.
Although these are good general rules, consumers are further urged to remember that an organization may be perfectly legitimate even though they have hired telemarketers to raise money for them. Several legitimate New Mexico organizations are using telemarketing firms to raise money.
"Be an aware and informed consumer," Attorney General Madrid said. "It is important to recognize that senior citizens are frequently solicited for donations. Discussing charitable giving with senior family members can help them develop ways to give wisely. When you give, remember that it is your money and your choice."
BioPark needs . . . Touchpoolers
Volunteers are needed. Rio Grande Zoo docents, Albuquerque Aquarium Touchpoolers, and Rio Grande Botanic Garden conservatory guides will be trained on Saturdays this fall. Anyone over eighteen years of age who is interested in conservation is welcome. No prior knowledge is required; all information necessary to do the jobs will be provided. Zoo docent training will continue until November 16. Conservatory guide training will be September 21. Call the education department, at 764-6214.
Lovatos raise funds to combat leukemia
Knowing that more than 60,300 Americans will die from leukemia or a related cancer this year—nearly 165 people each day—Tania Lovato of Bernalillo has made a commitment to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to participate in a 100-mile bike ride in Tucson in November. As part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training Program, the bike ride is a comprehensive endurance training program that helps raise funds while promoting fitness.
Tania said, “I will be riding in support of my ‘patient hero,’ six-year-old Anita Jimenez, who was diagnosed at nineteen months with acute lymphocytic leukemia. Thanks to research, her cancer is in remission. We are delighted she is doing so well, considering leukemia is the leading disease killer of children.”
Tania and Jake Lovato are also having a fund-raising garage sale to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Saturday, August 31, from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 881 Camino Del Pueblo (Main Street, Bernalillo) and would like to thank Seferino Montoya for letting them use his parking lot for the purpose.
Jake said, “We will have many items for sale donated by friends and family to help us reach our goal of nearly $3,000. If you cannot make the garage sale, but still want to contribute, please write a 100-percent tax-deductible check to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and mail it to Tania Lovato, RR 1, Box 3191, Bernalillo, NM 87004.”
The society is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to curing leukemia and blood-related cancers while improving the quality of life of patients and their families.
County Fair sets record bids
The Sandoval County Fair and Rodeo drew record livestock bids while raising $37,245 for 4-H Club members who auctioned animals during this year’s festival.
The Sandoval County Fair and Rodeo is held annually during the first weekend of August at the County Fairgrounds near Cuba. This year’s event drew hundreds of visitors and participants, including fifty buyers who purchased nearly 100 animals. “We had great attendance and strong participation by 4-H Club members throughout Sandoval County. The variety of family events really displayed the wide mixture of cultures and heritage that make Sandoval County unique,” said County Fair board president Vince Sanders.
The fair’s Grand Champion Steer, raised by Kimberly Sanders of Cuba, brought $3,200 at auction, topping all sale amounts, and was purchased by Don Chalmers Ford of Rio Rancho. Joiner Construction of Rio Rancho purchased the Grand Champion Swine, raised by Melanie Montoya of Jemez Springs, for $1,600. Tires Plus of Albuquerque was top bidder at $1,400 for the Grand Champion Lamb, raised by Jacklynn Duran of Jemez Pueblo. Trees of Corrales bought the Grand Champion Goat, raised by Jacob Johnson of Cuba, for $1,050. New Mexico Real Estate Inc. was top bidder at $325 for the Grand Champion Rabbit, raised by Megan Stewart of Bernalillo. Ron Francis of Corrales was top bidder at $275 for the Grand Champion Poultry, raised by Dacia Pascoe of Cuba.
Chelsi Kannon, seventeen, of Cuba was crowned Fair Queen in ceremonies during the rodeo on Saturday. Kannon succeeded Kaycee Brown of Corrales. Tierra Pascoe, fourteen, of Cuba was crowned Princess; and Bailey Easley, eleven, of Rio Rancho was crowned Fair Sweetheart for the second consecutive year.
Betty Lou Leeson of Lindrith won the quilt competition for a quilt made by friends as a memorial to her husband, Ray Leeson, who died the day before last year’s county fair. “The judges’ comments were that it was unique and that they were won over by the spirit of it. It was a wonderful show of love and support,” Sanders remarked.
MRGWA Community Conversations
continue on water planning
The Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly will once again host Community Conversations during September at several locations thoughout the area. Concerned citizens are urged to attend the meeting in their community in order to voice opinions about 44 alternative action descriptions that have been compiled by the water assembly. Public input is needed to find ways to budget our limited water.
The purpose of the Middle Grande Water Assembly, an all-volunteer, grassroots organization, is to develop a Regional Water Plan through an open, inclusive, and participatory process. The assembly is working in partnership with the Mid Region Council of Governments to carry out this purpose.
Community Conversations will be held on September 5 at Bernalillo Elementary School, 301 Calle de la Escuela, in Bernalillo. On September 16, the conversations will be held at the Rio Rancho City Council Chambers, 3900 Southern Boulevard, in Rio Rancho. Both meetings are take place from 6:30 to 9 p. m.
There will be a demonstration of the computer model being constructed with Sandia National Laboratories showing updates since the last Community Conversations as well as some of the details and issues involved when considering an alternative. For a copy of the draft for alternative action descriptions or for more information about the Community Conversations, call Bob Wessely, at 867-3889 or Mike Trujillo at 247-1750. You can also check out www.WaterAssembly.org.
Senior Connection helps caregivers and elders
Sandoval Senior Connection is a dynamic program that benefits elders and families in Sandoval County. Senior Volunteer Peer Counselors aged fifty-five or older help other seniors cope with the common emotional problems of aging: bereavement, loneliness, changes in health and relationships. The program’s purpose is to recruit, train, and supervise Volunteer peer counselors from each of fourteen sites to make supportive weekly home visits.
Families take on great responsibility when caring for relatives. The caregiver’s support group provides the opportunity to share challenges and joys of care giving. These groups offer support, encouragement, and training for taking care of yourself and creative ways of reaching out to your circle of family and friends. Individual and family counseling sessions are also offered.
All interested persons are welcome to attend. Sessions are ongoing and will be held at various sites within Sandoval County. For further information or to sign up, please call Elizabeth C. Etigson or Debbie Trujillo at 243-2551 or 800-677-2947.
Mayor’s Ball benefits select Rio Rancho organizations
The Rio Rancho Mayor’s Ball was established to help raise money for various nonprofit organizations in Rio Rancho. This year’s revenues will be going to Storehouse West, to Rio Rancho firefighters for equipment, and to the Rio Rancho Boys and Girls Club.
The ball will be held at Chamisa Hills Country Club on September 21. The masters of ceremonies will be Walter and Larry Brown from the country club, and the evening’s entertainment will be provided by the Pink Flamingos. There will be both a live and a silent auction. The theme of this year’s Mayor’s Ball is “A Night on Broadway.” Tables will be decorated with floral arrangements by Lori Apt of Le Fleur Etc.
Organizers hope to have seven hundred people attend this black-tie event and have lowered the ticket price to $75 from last year’s $90. Tables are filling up quickly and space is limited. Please contact Jeanie Donovan at 892-1533 to place your reservation.