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Annual Letter from LCC Founders

 

March 30, 2017

Dear Friends of Las Campanas Compadres,

Las Campanas Compadres continues to grow and service the needs of our community. 2016 was an exciting, and also challenging, year for us in many ways, and 2017 looks to be the same.

2016 In Review

We are proud of our achievements. Since inception in May 2007, LCC has underwritten over 9,000 ½-hour private tutorial riding and swimming lessons. Our student numbers continue to grow. We continue to receive new applications weekly. Our goal is to underwrite 1,500 lessons per year.

We now have three full time horses in our program. New last year is the increase in our boarding expense to $2,280 per horse, per year. While The Club at Las Campanas has been incredibly generous in giving us a deeply discounted boarding rate, it still means that between boarding, grooming, and veterinary costs, we spend close to $15,000 per year.

We are immensely appreciative of all our board members who selflessly give their time and energy to our program. They are: Suzanna Becerra, Bob Lehrer (treasurer), Darlene Romero (secretary); Britt Gladu, Susan Sumner, Jane Baxter, John M. Romero, Karen Evans, and Dave Caldwell.

Our 8th Annual Mini Tri was a great success thanks to the hard work and dedication of our board, volunteers, The Club at Las Campanas staff, corporate sponsors, and individual donors. We had approximately 225 triathletes, a large increase over the previous year. The atmosphere can only be described as high energy, and we think a good time was had by all. We once again used a professional organizer, FIT FUNdamentals, to organize the event and they did a great job.

There were 15 special needs teams last year. We hope we can double that number this year. Suzanna and I want to especially thank everyone who captained a special needs team. This is a big deal for our students and can only be accomplished if you have people less concerned about winning and more concerned about giving.

It is impossible to list the names of everyone who helped make this event the success that it was. That being said, it would be remiss of me to fail to mention some members of staff who put in a lot of hours to make our event possible. Special thanks, therefore, go to Britt Gladu for her support and energy around Las Campanas Compadres; Kay Lee, who has a can do attitude and always went the extra mile for us; Pete O’Brien, Nick Berta and Shane Alexander for making the pasta dinner event the success that it was; Eric Deshler and  Mike Simpson, who were tremendously helpful in organizing the logistics of the race; Al Antonez who got behind the project early on and has been a great supporter; and of course all of the dining and spa staff that always did their job with a smile and offered encouragement to all the participants.

Suzanna and I also want to especially thank all of last year’s volunteers. An event of this size is not possible unless a lot of people work together with a singular purpose in mind. They did a tremendous job and were the reason the event went off without a hitch. Many of them started the day at 5:30 AM and their energy and enthusiasm never flagged. We can only hope that they all step up to the plate again next year.

We are grateful to have so many corporate and individual sponsors. A special thanks, in no particular order, go to Pat and Patti Carter who donated a one week stay at their beautiful home in Idaho ; Early & Early;  ACC; Roy’s Pest Control;  The Club at Las Campanas, The Compound, Amazon, Meddleton Equine, Eye Associates of New Mexico,  The Four Seasons, Corporate Travel Alliance, The Cleanery, Siri Hollander; Southern Wine and Spirits; First National Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Bank; Plum Studios; Thornburg; Barker Realty; Slip Rock; David DeVary; Napaprathic Medicine of New Mexico, and Sazón.

The board is honored to pay special tribute to one of our most loyal and compassionate volunteers, Mimi Kingsbury, who sadly will be leaving us and moving to her new home in Colorado. Mimi is a special person and will be missed. Therefore, we have decided to create the Mimi Kingsbury Award which will annually honor the year’s outstanding swimming volunteer.

The Mimi Kingsbury Award is presented each year to the Las Campanas Compadres swimming program volunteer, who in the opinion of Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra, has demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm for the program. The recipient will have exhibited great compassion, respect, and teamwork; all character traits that Mimi Kingsbury lives by.

The Ron Walters Award will now be for the outstanding riding program volunteer.

The Ron Walters Award is presented each year to the Las Campanas Compadres volunteer who in the opinion of the founders, Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra, has demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm for the program. The recipient will have an unparalleled sense of ardor, determination, and compassion, character traits that Ron Walters lived by.

 It is always difficult to single out any one particular volunteer as all of our volunteers are incredibly helpful in so many ways. That being said, we are delighted to announce last year’s recipients, and the choices were easy ones to make.

Arielle Nathan is this year’s Mimi Kingsbury Award recipient. She is relatively new to our program but that has not stopped her from rapidly becoming one of our most valued and respected volunteers. Her commitment to the swimming program has been invaluable, and she has a kind and gentle way with our students who love her.

Jane and Rhea Baxter are this year’s Ron Walters Award recipients. Jane and her daughter Rhea have been helpful in so many ways, and both have a cheery disposition. Our students always look forward to seeing them.

2017 In Focus

Helping Hands Fund

Last year was the Helping Hands Fund’s second year of operation. Its mission is:

To improve the quality of life for Las Campanas Compadres students by supporting their goals through assistance with the funding of educational and vocational training, the purchase of medical and assistive devices, or support services, and related technologies.     

It is funded by LCC allocating $5,000 annually from general working funds. Suzanna chairs the committee with the help of Karen Evans, Dave Caldwell, Susie Fisher, Susan Sumner and Jane Baxter. Last year’s recipients received ipads, speech therapy lessons, voice recognition software, and funding for a wheel chair. This year’s application process will begin soon and we expect to spend all of our $5,000 allocation.

Volunteer Pool

Our volunteer pool is growing but we can always use more volunteers. As our program grows, so do our needs. Beyond volunteers for the actual riding and swimming programs, we can always use pro bono help with legal, accounting, and grant writing services.

Heidi Mitchell of Plum Studios has put in a lot of work to improve our website, organize email blasts, and design collateral materials. We can’t thank her enough for her generosity. We encourage people to visit www.lascampanascompadres.org There you can find updates on what’s going on, download volunteer and student application documents, visit a photo library, and even make a donation using PayPal.

We recognize the importance of social media and have made an effort to utilize some of the more popular sites. LCC’s blog page and a Facebook page run by John and Darlene Romero are going strong. You can go to: https://benefitlcc.wordpress.com/ to go to our blog page to check out what’s going on in our program and to add your own commentary. You can also check out our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at “L_C_Compadres”.

Sprint Tri Event

We are excited to announce that our event has been approved for para-tri friendly status and will serve as the event for the 2017 Southwest Regional Championship Designation. This means that we will have elite para-tri athletes from the southwest region, and that in turn, will make our event more attractive to athletes in general. We hope to get local newspaper, radio and TV coverage this year given our new status. It also means that we will need more volunteers, as the number of participants this year will surely break all records. If you are interested in helping out, please contact us.

Finances

It is the policy of Las Campanas Compadres to be completely transparent regarding finances.

LCC entered 2016 with $151,576 in the bank. We ended the year with $149,502. We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and our sincere gratitude goes without saying.

It costs us approximately $60 dollars per lesson, $35 of which is the cost of the instructor. In order to achieve our goal of underwriting 1,500 lessons per year, we have to raise $90,000 from private sources.

Our Amazon program has been a disappointment in terms of monies raised. The Amazon program can be used by anyone in the USA. If you use Amazon to purchase items, we would ask that you use the Amazon Smile portal, www. http://smile.amazon.com/  There you can choose which charities you would like to support. Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase and you can list multiple charities as your recipients. We hope you count Las Campanas Compadres among them.

During 2016, we raised a total of $79,626, while our total operating expenses were $81,702. Expenses are divided into two main categories. The largest expense category is the cost of our instructors and equipment. Last year this accounted for $60,411 of our operating budget. The balance of $21,291 was for office infrastructure, insurance and the cost of the Mini Tri fundraising event.

All LCC officers work pro bono. There are no salaried employees. All office infrastructure expenses are funded by the founders.

Our budget and fund raising goal for 2017 is $90,000.

It goes without saying that none of this would be possible without the generosity of a great number of people.  Suzanna and I are truly grateful. We believe LCC has a positive impact on the lives of families in our program as well as the community at large.

If you have been a supporter in the past, we thank you. If not, we hope you might consider helping us achieve our fundraising goal.

Suzanna and I want to thank you once again for your support and generosity and we hope we can count on you again for your support. We look forward to seeing you all during 2017.

Suzanna & Lawrence Becerra

Founders

Bruno and Eleri

 

 

 

April 1, 2017 at 11:47 AM Leave a comment

The Annual Letter from Founders, Lawrence and Suzanna

March 21, 2016

Dear Friends of Las Campanas Compadres,

It amazes us that LCC is now in its 9th year of operation. Much has been accomplished. More importantly, much remains to be done.

2015 In Review

We are proud of our achievements. Since inception in May 2007, LCC has underwritten over 8,000 ½-hour private tutorial riding and swimming lessons. Our student numbers continue to grow. We now have over 100 registered students on our roster and we continue to receive new applications on a regular basis. We currently underwrite 1,500 lessons per year.

Karen Evans, our riding instructor, continues to do a great job for us. It is amazing to watch the skill level our students have achieved and how they have grown in confidence. Luis Gonzales continues to be an invaluable member of our riding program. Our students love him and we all have a hard time imagining the program without Luis. David Caldwell, our swimming instructor, continues to expand his program and is always coming up with ways that we can improve on our offerings.

Our three horses, Sunny, Bolero and Ghost, soldier on for us. That being said, Bolero is probably coming to the end of his tenure. We are looking for a new horse and also a more permanent home for Bolero who has certainly earned the right to a quiet life in a field soaking up the sunshine and getting fat.

We are delighted that Jane Baxter has agreed to join our board. Jane has a medical background as well as a solid understanding of equine behavior. There is no doubt that she will have an immediate and positive impact on our operations and we thank her for stepping up to the plate.

We are immensely appreciative of all our board members who selflessly give their time and energy to our program. It takes a lot of time and energy to effectively run an organization of our size, and we certainly would not be able to accomplish anything like what we have done without a board that has a can do attitude.

We were once again proud to announce the winners of The Ron Walters Award for 2015.

The Ron Walters Award is presented each year to the Las Campanas Compadres volunteer who in the opinion of the founders, Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra, has demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm for the program. The recipient will have an unparalleled sense of ardor, determination, and compassion, character traits that Ron Walters lived by.

 It is always difficult to single out any one particular volunteer as all of our volunteers are incredibly helpful in so many ways. That being said, we are delighted to announce that last year there were several recipients, and the choices were easy ones to make.

Kate Schiliro is relatively new to our program but that has not stopped her from rapidly becoming one of our most valued and respected volunteers. Her commitment to the swimming program has been invaluable, and she has a kind and gentle way with our students who love her.

Gemma Sullivan has a cheery disposition. The students love her as she always brings compassion and a positive disposition to every lesson she undertakes.

All of last year’s recipients are the epitome of what the Ron Walters Award stands for and their recognition is richly deserved.

Our 7th Annual Mini Tri was a great success thanks to the hard work and dedication of our board, volunteers, The Club at Las Campanas staff, corporate sponsors, and individual donors. I am pleased to report that we raised $77,365.

We had approximately 185 tri participants with many of them repeats from previous years. We are told that we are fast becoming known as one of the premier triathlon events in New Mexico and we think this year can be a big break out year for us in terms of numbers of participants. We hope to attract 225 participants.

There were 17 special needs teams last year. Suzanna and I want to thank all team captains for pairing up with one of our students and giving them the chance to participate in the race. This is a big deal for our students and can only be accomplished if you have people less concerned about winning and more concerned about giving.

It is impossible to list the names of everyone who helped make this event the success that it was. That being said, it would be remiss of me to fail to mention some members of staff who put in a lot of hours to make our event possible. Special thanks, therefore, go to Kay Lee, who has a can do attitude and always went the extra mile for us; Pete O’Brien and Ruth Hamilton for making the pasta dinner event the success that it was; Todd Shaw, Mike Simpson, Jeff Cisneros and Ashley Quintana, who were tremendously helpful in organizing the logistics of the race; Tony Dawson who got behind the project early on in his tenure as The Club’s GM and has been a great supporter; and of course all of the dining and spa staff that always did their job with a smile and offered encouragement to all the participants.

Suzanna and I also want to especially thank all of last year’s volunteers. An event of this size is not possible unless a lot of people work together with a singular purpose in mind. They did a tremendous job and were the reason the event went off without a hitch. Many of them started the day at 5:30 AM and their energy and enthusiasm never flagged. We can only hope that they all step up to the plate again this year.

We are grateful to have so many corporate and individual sponsors. A special thanks, in no particular order, goes to The Lodge at Chama; FNB Santa Fe, LANB, Early & Early; Sotheby’s/Nancy Lehrer; Thornburg Investment Management; ACC; Constellation Home Electronics; Boniface & Associates, Corporate Travel Alliance, Roy’s Pest Control; The Club at Las Campanas, Sazon, The Compound, Four Seasons Resort, Albertsons, Amazon, Dos Rios, The Bells Magazine, Coronado Paint, Ellsworth Gallery, Siri Hollander, David DeVary, Jewel Mark, Meddleton Equine, and Eye Associates of New Mexico.

Last year was the first year where our newly established Helping Hands Fund handed out grants. A total of $3,606 out of the $5,000 made available was spent on items ranging from speech therapy lessons, i-pads used for educational purposes, and speech recognition software. This year there is $6,394 available and the committee, chaired by Suzanna Becerra, has just finished redesigning application forms and placing them with families. We expect that requests will exceed the amount of available funds, and therefore the committee will have some hard choices to make.

2016 In Focus

We do not anticipate that student growth will slow down during 2016. If anything we believe it will increase. Our challenge will be to accommodate this growth as we have capacity constraints both physically and financially. We will continue to accept new students and have instituted a rotation system in order to accommodate our increasing numbers.

Our volunteer pool is growing but we can always use more volunteers. As our program grows, so do our needs. Beyond volunteers for the actual riding and swimming programs, we can always use pro bono help with legal, accounting, and grant writing services.

We wanted to thank Devon Gilchrist who will no longer be looking after our website. Devon put in a lot of work to improve our website and we wish her well in her new endeavors. We are fortunate, though, to have Heidi Mitchell of Plum Studios pick up the baton. Heidi has already done some work on our website and the results are fantastic. We encourage people to visit www.lascampanascompadres.org There you can find updates on what’s going on, download volunteer and student application documents, visit a photo library, and even make a donation using PayPal.

LCC’s blog page and a Facebook page run by John and Darlene Romero are going strong. You can go to: https://benefitlcc.wordpress.com/ to go to our blog page to check out what’s going on in our program and to add your own commentary. You can also check out our page on Facebook. You can also follow and tweet us on Twitter at “L_C_Compadres”.

Our Albertson program ended last year. While it wasn’t a huge amount of money, it certainly helped and their sponsorship will be missed.

Our Amazon program can be used by anyone in the USA. It is a simple process of logging on to Amazon Smile and choosing Las Campanas Compadres as the beneficial charity. If all of our friends, and their friends, use this simple yet effective method of turning their everyday shopping into an event that effortlessly raises money for our program, this could be an enormously successful program. But it starts with each of you signing up and then encouraging your friends to do so as well. In fact, one can choose multiple charities, so this is not just of benefit to our specific program but to the entire philanthropic movement being embraced by an increasing number of thoughtful and forward looking businesses. We sincerely hope and respectfully ask you to please sign up. It will take five minutes of your time but can have a huge impact on the lives of our students.

Finances

It is the policy of Las Campanas Compadres to be completely transparent regarding finances.

LCC entered 2015 with $148,727 in the bank. We ended the year with $151,576. We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and our sincere gratitude goes without saying.

While our cash balances may appear healthy, the continued growth of the program coupled with the challenging economic landscape necessitates the need for continued support. Our goal is to assure the perpetuity of the program. A healthy balance sheet is of utmost importance in allowing us to achieve our goals, and while the current snapshot of LCC’s finances shows a vibrant and healthy patient, continued support is required in order to assure continued good health and longevity. It costs us approximately $60 dollars per lesson, $35 of which is the cost of the instructor. In order to achieve our goal of underwriting 1,500 lessons per year, we have to raise $90,000 from private sources.

During 2015 our total operating expenses were $82,719. Expenses are divided into two main categories. The largest expense category is the cost of our instructors and equipment. Last year this accounted for $60,159 of our operating budget. The balance of $22,560 was for office infrastructure and other programs to include the Helping Hands Fund.

All LCC officers work pro bono. There are no salaried employees. All office infrastructure expenses are funded by the founders.

Our budget for 2016 is $106,600. We have budgeted $97,094 for all programs and $9,500 for office infrastructure.

We know it will be difficult reaching our fundraising goals and can only hope that our donor base of individuals and corporations continue with their generosity.

It goes without saying that none of this would be possible without the generosity of a great number of people. Suzanna and I are truly grateful. We believe LCC has a positive impact on the lives of families in our program as well as the community at large.

Suzanna and I want to thank you once again for your support and generosity and we look forward to seeing you all during 2016.

Kindest Regards,

Suzanna & Lawrence Becerra

Founders

LCC Founders

LCC Founders

March 19, 2016 at 11:34 AM 1 comment

Annual LCC Letter from the Founders

lMay 26, 2015

Dear Friends of Las Campanas Compadres,

I am somewhat late this year in writing our annual letter. As much as I try to take on a bit less, that game plan never seems to work out the way I had planned.

Las Campanas Compadres continues to grow and service the needs of our community. 2014 was an exciting, and also challenging, year for us in many ways, and 2015 looks to be the same.

2014 In Review

We are proud of our achievements. Since inception in May 2007, LCC has underwritten over 7,000 ½-hour private tutorial riding and swimming lessons. Our student numbers continue to grow. We now have 94 registered students (up from 77 last year) on our roster and we continue to receive new applications on a regular basis. We underwrite approximately 1,500 lessons per year.

Our horse situation has changed somewhat. We now have four horses in our program. The difference is that we own them all and new last year is the added expense of LCC underwriting the cost of boarding them in addition to the vet and farrier costs we incur. While The Club at Las Campanas has been incredibly generous in giving us a deeply discounted boarding rate, it still means an added $4,800 expenses per annum.

Bruno, who has been with us since the beginning, is almost now retired. He is old and does not have the stamina he once had. We have been actively looking for a home for him where he can just graze and live out his days, but that has proven to be difficult to find. Our other three horses, Sunny, Bolero and Ghost continue to do a great job for us and Karen has them well trained.

We are immensely appreciative of all our board members who selflessly give their time and energy to our program. They are: Suzanna Becerra, Bob Lehrer (treasurer), Darlene Romero (secretary); Britt Gladu, Susan Sumner, Karen Evans and Dave Caldwell.

Last year’s Annual Awards event took place in the fall and was once again a great success. This year’s event will again be on Columbus Day, October 12th. The children are off from school and it means that a lot more parents and relatives can attend the ceremony. Last year we awarded each student with a handsome trophy inscribed with their name. A total of 42 awards were handed out with over 80% of our students receiving achievement awards for both riding and swimming disciplines. We also want to thank all the parents who brought food and refreshments.

We were once again proud to announce the winners of The Ron Walters Award for 2014.

The Ron Walters Award is presented each year to the Las Campanas Compadres volunteer who in the opinion of the founders, Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra, has demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm for the program. The recipient will have an unparalleled sense of ardor, determination, and compassion, character traits that Ron Walters lived by.

 It is always difficult to single out any one particular volunteer as all of our volunteers are incredibly helpful in so many ways. Suzanna and I always struggle with our decision. That being said, we are delighted to announce that last year there were several recipients, and the choices were easy ones to make.

Bob Lehrer has been awesome. His tireless commitment to LCC is well documented and enormously appreciated. It takes a lot of time and energy to run a program of our size, and Bob has been one of the key people helping us make LCC the success that it is.

Mimi Kingsbury is a well-seasoned vet in our program and is one of our most valued and respected volunteers. Her commitment to the swimming program has been invaluable, and she has a kind and gentle way with our students who love her.

Juliana Walsh is relatively new to our program. The students love her as she always brings compassion and a positive disposition to every lesson she undertakes. Juliana takes on a heavy load of riding lessons, and we are very fortunate to have her in our program.

All of last year’s recipients are the epitome of what the Ron Walters Award stands for and their recognition is richly deserved.

Our 6th Annual Mini Tri was a great success thanks to the hard work and dedication of our board, volunteers, The Club at Las Campanas staff, corporate sponsors, and individual donors. I am pleased to report that we raised $93,884.

We had 185 triathletes, a large increase over the previous year. The atmosphere can only be described as high energy, and we think a good time was had by all. This was the first year we added a young children category and it was immensely successful attracting about 50 participants. We think this portion of the race will grow significantly. We once again used a professional organizer, FIT FUNdamentals, to organize the event and they did a great job. Rey Post was our announcer for the second year running and kept the energy level high all morning by conducting interviews with participants and volunteers alike. Rey has a very successful radio program here in town called “All Things Real Estate” and we encourage you to listen in.

There were 15 special needs teams last year. We hope we can double that number this year. Suzanna and I want to especially thank everyone who captained a special needs team. This is a big deal for our students and can only be accomplished if you have people less concerned about winning and more concerned about giving.

It is impossible to list the names of everyone who helped make this event the success that it was. That being said, it would be remiss of me to fail to mention some members of staff who put in a lot of hours to make our event possible. Special thanks, therefore, go to Britt Gladu for her support and energy around Las Campanas Compadres; Kay Lee, who has a can do attitude and always went the extra mile for us; Pete O’Brien and Deborah Fahie for making the pasta dinner event the success that it was; Todd Shaw and Mike Simpson, who were tremendously helpful in organizing the logistics of the race; David Loan who got behind the project early on and has been a great supporter; and of course all of the dining and spa staff that always did their job with a smile and offered encouragement to all the participants.

Suzanna and I also want to especially thank all of last year’s volunteers. An event of this size is not possible unless a lot of people work together with a singular purpose in mind. They did a tremendous job and were the reason the event went off without a hitch. Many of them started the day at 5:30 AM and their energy and enthusiasm never flagged. We can only hope that they all step up to the plate again next year.

We are grateful to have so many corporate and individual sponsors. A special thanks, in no particular order, go to United Airlines and Glenn Tilton who donated two business class tickets to anywhere in North and South America; United Rentals and Jenne Brittel who donated 400 baseball caps with our logo to be given out to all participants; The Lodge at Chama and Frank Simms who donated a two evening’s stay at his beautiful lodge and two days of trophy trout fishing; Mr. & Mrs. Robert McCloud who underwrote the cost of the tee shirts; Pat and Patti Carter who donated a one week stay at their beautiful home in Idaho ; Early & Early; Sotheby’s/Nancy Lehrer; Jewel Mark; ACC; Roy’s Pest Control; Don Chalmers Ford; The Club at Las Campanas, The Compound, Albertsons, Amazon, Meddleton Equine, Eye Associates of New Mexico, Devon Gilchrist, Cienda Partners, Coronado Paint, The Four Seasons, Corporate Travel Alliance, The Cleanery, Siri Hollander and Arroyo Vino.

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of two of our students in the past year.

Alfredo Cordoba was 36 when he died. Alfredo had an extremely rare and challenging disease whereby his only sense was the sense of touch. Alfredo was one of our most challenged students and also one of the most challenging to instruct. He had been with the program since its inception. Not surprisingly, Karen and all the volunteers who signed up to work with Alfredo met the challenge with the enthusiasm and dedication that has come to be a hallmark of our program. We know that Alfredo benefited from his riding time. His entire demeanor would change and it would be one of the rare times that Alfredo had some joy in his life. Alfredo will be missed.

Eleri Claire Michaels-Northfield had just turned 6 when she died from the long term effects of shaken baby syndrome. Eleri was adopted by Karen Northfield and Pam Michaels, two of the most courageous and giving people we know. Eleri made them proud. Despite her significant challenges, Eleri had a fierce personality and met her short life head on. She developed an immensely strong bond with Bruno, and to any who doubt the power of horses over special needs people, one need only have witnessed the time when Bruno was brought to her home for one last visit before she died. Bruno’s obvious cognizance of the moment and Eleri’s outpouring of love for Bruno was palpable and powerful and will not soon be forgotten by those who were there. Eleri was loved by everyone in the program and her persona will live on despite the brevity of her time on earth.

2015 In Focus

We do not anticipate that student growth will slow down during 2015. If anything we believe it will increase. Our challenge will be to accommodate this growth as we have capacity constraints both physically and financially. We will continue to accept new students and have instituted a rotation system in order to accommodate our increasing numbers.

Last year the board approved a student support scholarship program called the Helping Hands Fund. Its mission is:

To improve the quality of life for Las Campanas Compadres students by supporting their goals through assistance with the funding of educational and vocational training, the purchase of medical and assistive devices or support services and related technologies.    

It will be annually funded by LCC with $5,000. Suzanna chairs the committee with the help of Susan Sumner, Karen Evans, Dave Caldwell, Susie Fisher and Linda Factor. They have received a number of applications and funding will commence soon. We are excited about the program and anticipate continued growth.

Our volunteer pool is growing but we can always use more volunteers. As our program grows, so do our needs. Beyond volunteers for the actual riding and swimming programs, we can always use pro bono help with legal, accounting, and grant writing services.

Devon Gilchrist has put in a lot of work to improve our website. We encourage people to visit www.lascampanascompadres.org There you can find updates on what’s going on, download volunteer and student application documents, visit a photo library, and even make a donation using PayPal.

We recognize the importance of social media and have made an effort to utilize some of the more popular sites. LCC’s blog page and a Facebook page run by John and Darlene Romero are going strong. You can go to: https://benefitlcc.wordpress.com/ to go to our blog page to check out what’s going on in our program and to add your own commentary. You can also check out our page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at “L_C_Compadres”.

Finances

It is the policy of Las Campanas Compadres to be completely transparent regarding finances.

LCC entered 2014 with $111,006 in the bank. We ended the year with $148,765. We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and our sincere gratitude goes without saying.

Our goal is to assure the perpetuity of the program. A healthy balance sheet is of utmost importance in allowing us to achieve our goals, and while the current snapshot of LCC’s finances shows a vibrant and healthy patient, continued support is required in order to assure continued good health and longevity. It costs us approximately $60 dollars per lesson, $35 of which is the cost of the instructor. In order to achieve our goal of underwriting 1,500 lessons per year, we have to raise $90,000 from private sources.

Our Albertson and Amazon programs are working out well for us, although the Amazon program has been a disappointment in terms of monies raised. The Amazon program can be used by anyone in the USA. If you use Amazon to purchase items, we would ask that you use the Amazon Smile portal, www http://smile.amazon.com/ There you can choose which charities you would like to support. Amazon donates a percentage of your purchase and you can list multiple charities as your recipients. We hope you count Las Campanas Compadres among them.

During 2014 our total operating expenses were $80,430. Expenses are divided into two main categories. The largest expense category is the cost of our instructors and equipment. Last year this accounted for $56,546 of our operating budget. The balance of $23,884 was for office infrastructure and the cost of the Mini Tri fundraising event.

All LCC officers work pro bono. There are no salaried employees. All office infrastructure expenses are funded by the founders.

Our budget for 2015 is $91,825. We have budgeted $63,325 for programs and $28,500 for office infrastructure.

It goes without saying that none of this would be possible without the generosity of a great number of people. Suzanna and I are truly grateful. We believe LCC has a positive impact on the lives of families in our program as well as the community at large.

Suzanna and I want to thank you once again for your support and generosity and we look forward to seeing you all during 2015.

Suzanna & Lawrence Becerra

Founders

Bruno and Eleri

Bruno and Eleri

 

May 26, 2015 at 8:15 AM Leave a comment

Annual Las Campanas Compadres Letter

LCC Founders

LCC Founders

February 17, 2014

Dear Friends of Las Campanas Compadres,

Las Campanas Compadres continues to grow and service the needs of our community. Challenges remain, but we are confident that these will be met with the “can do” spirit that has been a signature of our program since inception. 2013 was an exciting year for us in many ways, and 2014 looks to be the same.

2013 In Review

We are proud of our achievements. Since inception in May 2007, LCC has underwritten over 6,000 ½-hour private tutorial riding and swimming lessons. Our student numbers continue to grow. We now have 77 registered students (up from 50 last year) on our roster and we continue to receive new applications on a regular basis. We currently underwrite 1,500 lessons per year.

Karen Evans, our riding instructor, has settled in nicely and is now a veteran. Karen handled the challenge of being our new riding instructor, assimilated into the program with ease, and has earned the trust and respect of all of her students. Luis Gonzales continues to be an invaluable member of our riding program. Our students love him and we all have a hard time imagining the program without Luis. David Caldwell, our swimming instructor, continues to expand his program and is always coming up with ways that we can improve on our offerings.

Sunny, our Norwegian Fjord pony that we purchased late in 2012, has proven to be a great addition to our program. He has a wonderful disposition and has taken on the challenges of being a special needs horse extremely well. We also want to thank John and Maureen Graf for donating their horse, Bolero, to our program. Bolero is just beginning his new career as a special needs horse, and thus far has done a stellar job for us. We are lucky, and grateful, to have Bolero in our program.

We had a number of changes at the board level. Pam Franco served us with great dedication and energy. Pam has entered a new chapter in her life and no longer was able to commit the time. George Collins has also moved on. In fact, George has relocated to Florida and therefore was unable to participate at the board level. George and Pam will be sorely missed and we want to publicly thank them for their service.

We have, however, gained three new board members. Britt Gladu is Director of Membership Development for The Club at Las Campanas. Britt brings great energy to the board and serves on a number of committees. Karen Evans and David Caldwell have also joined our board. Both bring invaluable insights into our students and their needs, and they have already had an impact in making our organization a better one. We want to thank our new board members for stepping up to the plate.

We are immensely appreciative of all our board members who selflessly give their time and energy to our program. However, we feel compelled to make special mention of Bob Lehrer and Darlene Romero. Bob is our CFO and has served on our board since inception. He puts in an enormous amount of work and gets involved in everything. If something needs doing, Bob is our go to guy. It is hard to imagine our program without Bob. Darlene, simply put, is an amazing human being. We have known Darlene and her family since we volunteered in the Adaptive Ski Program nearly 10 years ago. Darlene’s son, John “Mad Dog” Romero, has been with us since the very beginning. Darlene has had a huge impact on our program. In addition to serving as our secretary, she and John run all of our social networking initiatives, serves on a number of committees, and is one of our best ambassadors. We don’t know where she finds the time and energy, but if they ever bottle it, we’re buyers!

Last year’s Annual Awards event took place in the fall and was a great success. This year’s event will again be on Columbus Day, October 13th. The children are off from school and it means that a lot more parents and relatives can attend the ceremony. Last year we awarded each student with a handsome trophy inscribed with their name. A total of 37 awards were handed out with over 80% of our students receiving achievement awards for both riding and swimming disciplines. We also want to thank all the parents who brought food and refreshments.

We were once again proud to announce the winners of The Ron Walters Award for 2012.

The Ron Walters Award is presented each year to the Las Campanas Compadres volunteer who in the opinion of the founders, Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra, has demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm for the program. The recipient will have an unparalleled sense of ardor, determination, and compassion, character traits that Ron Walters lived by.

It is always difficult to single out any one particular volunteer as all of our volunteers are incredibly helpful in so many ways. Suzanna and I always struggle with our decision. That being said, we are delighted to announce that last year there were several recipients, and the choices were easy ones to make.

Doug Tewes has been awesome. His tireless commitment to the swimming program has been inspiring. Unfortunately Doug has moved to Seattle to be near his children and grandchildren. We will sorely miss him but he will never be forgotten

Mimi Kingsbury is relatively new to our program but that has not stopped her from rapidly becoming one of our most valued and respected volunteers. Her commitment to the swimming program has been invaluable, and she has a kind and gentle way with our students who love her.

Linda Factor has a cheery disposition. The students love her as she always brings compassion and a positive disposition to every lesson she undertakes. Linda takes on a heavy load of lessons, and we are very fortunate to have her in our program.

All of last year’s recipients are the epitome of what the Ron Walters Award stands for and their recognition is richly deserved.

Our 5th Annual Mini Tri was a great success thanks to the hard work and dedication of our board, volunteers, The Club at Las Campanas staff, corporate sponsors, and individual donors. I am pleased to report that we raised $65,294.

We had 130 mini tri participants, the same as the previous year. The atmosphere can only be described as high energy, and we think a good time was had by all. We once again used a professional organizer, FIT FUNdamentals, to organize the event and they did a great job. We had a new announcer, Rey Post, who kept the energy level high all morning by conducting interviews with participants and volunteers alike. Rey has a very successful radio program here in town called “All Things Real Estate”, and we get a six minute slot, once a month, to talk about our program. Rey did a great job for us last year and has signed on for this year’s event.

There were 19 special needs teams last year, up from 11 the previous year. Suzanna and I want to especially thank David Loan, General Manager; Andrew Nichols, Executive Chef; Tony Blankenship, Sous Chef; Jason Epstein, Director of Golf Operations; Tom Egelhoff, Director of Agronomy; Britt Gladu, Director of Membership Development; Eliesa Webb, Assistant To Events and Catering Director; and Todd Shaw, Fitness and Tennis Director, for pairing up with one of our students and giving them the chance to participate in the race. This is a big deal for our students and can only be accomplished if you have people less concerned about winning and more concerned about giving.

It is impossible to list the names of everyone who helped make this event the success that it was. That being said, it would be remiss of me to fail to mention some members of staff who put in a lot of hours to make our event possible. Special thanks, therefore, go to Britt Gladu for her support and energy around Las Campanas Compadres; Kay Lee, who has a can do attitude and always went the extra mile for us; Pete O’Brien and Deborah Fahie for making the pasta dinner event the success that it was; Todd Shaw, Mike Simpson, Jeff Cisneros and Ashley Quintana, who were tremendously helpful in organizing the logistics of the race; David Loan who got behind the project early on and has been a great supporter; and of course all of the dining and spa staff that always did their job with a smile and offered encouragement to all the participants.

Suzanna and I also want to especially thank all of last year’s volunteers. An event of this size is not possible unless a lot of people work together with a singular purpose in mind. They did a tremendous job and were the reason the event went off without a hitch. Many of them started the day at 5:30 AM and their energy and enthusiasm never flagged. We can only hope that they all step up to the plate again next year.

We are grateful to have so many corporate and individual sponsors. A special thanks, in no particular order, go to United Airlines and Glenn Tilton who donated two business class tickets to anywhere in Europe that we were able to auction off for $7,000; United Rentals and Jenne Brittel who donated 400 baseball caps with our logo to be given out to all participants; The Lodge at Chama and Frank Simms who donated a two evening’s stay at his beautiful lodge and two days of trophy trout fishing that we were able to auction off for $1800; Mr. & Mrs. Robert McCloud who underwrote the cost of the tee shirts; Pietro Pertusini of Osteria D’Assisi restaurant fame, who donated a one week stay at his villa on Lake Como that auctioned for $1,750, Pat and Patti Carter who donated their beautiful home in Idaho that we were able to auction off for $1,750; Early & Early; Sotheby’s/Nancy Lehrer; Thornburg Investment Management; Thomas Mackell; Jewel Mark; ACC; Constellation Home Electronics; Roy’s Pest Control; Don Chalmers Ford; The Club at Las Campanas, The Compound, Albertsons, Amazon, Meddleton Equine, Eye Associates of New Mexico, and Devon Gilchrist.

2014 In Focus

We do not anticipate that student growth will slow down during 2014. If anything we believe it will increase. Our challenge will be to accommodate this growth as we have capacity constraints both physically and financially. We will continue to accept new students and have instituted a rotation system in order to accommodate our increasing numbers.

Our board has recently approved a student support scholarship program. This will be funded with $5,000 annually and monies will be used to assist our students in their scholastic endeavors. Suzanna chairs the committee and the board is looking forward to receiving their recommendations for implementation.

We also underwrote half the cost of a new aquatic chair at the fitness center. This amounted to $3,322. Many of our students use this means of entering the pool as do some members of The Club at Las Campanas. Contributing to the cost of this new device was the least we could do in appreciation for the generosity of our membership in allowing us the use of their world class facilities.

This year we are especially excited about our triathlon event which as most of you know is our one and only fund raiser. Matt Desmond runs a school locally that teaches junior athletes how to compete in triathlons. According to Matt, there is a paucity of events locally, and they are forced to travel far and wide to find events specially catered to a younger audience. So this year, in addition to our normal triathlon event, which will now be called our Sprint Tri, we will also run, simultaneously, an event for juniors that will be called our Mini Tri. Matt has already promised us 45 students, but we expect that once we go public with this announcement we could have well over 100 junior participants, in addition to 130 or more participants in our sprint tri. So this year’s event promises to take us to a whole new level, and we are frankly “stoked”. The good news is that this means greater exposure for our program, more corporate sponsors, and hopefully greater revenues. The challenge is that we are going to need a lot of volunteers. So if you think you can help out please contact us.

Our volunteer pool is growing but we can always use more volunteers. As our program grows, so do our needs. Beyond volunteers for the actual riding and swimming programs, we can always use pro bono help with legal, accounting, and grant writing services.

Devon Gilchrist has put in a lot of work to improve our website. We encourage people to visit www.lascampanascompadres.org There you can find updates on what’s going on, download volunteer and student application documents, visit a photo library, and even make a donation using PayPal.

LCC’s blog page and a Facebook page run by John and Darlene Romero are going strong. You can go to: https://benefitlcc.wordpress.com/ to go to our blog page to check out what’s going on in our program and to add your own commentary. You can also  check out our page on Facebook. We believe Facebook and other forms of social networking will be important channels through which we can increase awareness in our program. Whether it is to announce events like Awards Day or the Mini Tri, or to attract volunteers and students, spreading the word is important and Facebook is a very efficient way to do this. You can also follow and tweet us on Twitter at “L_C_Compadres”.

Our Albertson and Amazon programs are working out well for us. We have some more Albertson cards, so if you need one please contact us. The Amazon program can be used by anyone in the USA. It is a simple process of accessing the website through our website. If you do this once you are then recognized as an LCC Amazon friend and no matter how you access the Amazon website you will be recognized and up to 6% of your purchase will go to our program. We have high hopes for this program. Last year we raised $1,240 from the Albertson’s program and $528 from the Amazon program. We would hope that those numbers can increase and are consequently looking for ways to increase our exposure.

Finances

It is the policy of Las Campanas Compadres to be completely transparent regarding finances.

LCC entered 2013 with $92,388 in the bank. We ended the year with $111,043. We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and our sincere gratitude goes without saying.

While our cash balances may appear healthy, the continued growth of the program coupled with the challenging economic landscape necessitates the need for continued support. Our goal is to assure the perpetuity of the program. A healthy balance sheet is of utmost importance in allowing us to achieve our goals, and while the current snapshot of LCC’s finances shows a vibrant and healthy patient, continued support is required in order to assure continued good health and longevity. It costs us approximately $60 dollars per lesson, $35 of which is the cost of the instructor. In order to achieve our goal of underwriting 1,500 lessons per year, we have to raise $90,000 from private sources.

During 2013 our total operating expenses were $78,612. Expenses are divided into two main categories. The largest expense category is the cost of our instructors and equipment. Last year this accounted for $57,300 of our operating budget. The balance of $21,312 was for office infrastructure.

All LCC officers work pro bono. There are no salaried employees. All office infrastructure expenses are funded by the founders.

Our budget for 2014 is $83,800. We have budgeted $58,000 for programs and $25,800 for office infrastructure.

It goes without saying that none of this would be possible without the generosity of a great number of people.  Suzanna and I are truly grateful. We believe LCC has a positive impact on the lives of families in our program as well as the community at large.

Suzanna and I want to thank you once again for your support and generosity and we look forward to seeing you all during 2014.

Kindest Regards,

Suzanna & Lawrence Becerra, Founders

15 Buckskin Circle

Santa Fe, NM 87506

O – 505 820 2708

C – 505 310 2257

Lawrenceb1952@comcast.net

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LCC— Past, Present, and a Bright Future

April 3, 2013
Dear Friends of Las Campanas Compadres,
Our program achieved a number of milestones of which we are very proud. We continue to grow and service the needs of our community. Challenges remain, but we are confident that these will be met with the “can do” spirit that has been a signature of our program since inception.
2012 In Review
We are proud of our achievements. LCC has grown beyond our wildest expectations. Since inception in May 2007, the program has underwritten over 4,000 private tutorial riding and swimming lessons. Our student and volunteer numbers continue to grow. We have 50 students (up from 38 last year) on our roster and we continue to receive applications from prospective students.
Karen Evans is our new riding instructor. We feel fortunate that we have been able to secure her services as she has the highest accredited rating with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. It is always difficult when change occurs. Karen has handled the challenge extremely well, assimilated into the program with ease, and has earned the trust and respect of all of her students. David Caldwell, our swimming instructor, continues to expand his program and is always coming up with ways that we can improve on our offerings. Luis Gonzales continues to be an invaluable member of our riding program. Our students love him and we all have a hard time imagining the program without Luis.
We also want to publicly recognize Darlene Romero and Pamela Franco as new members of our board. Both bring a high level of dedication and enthusiasm to our board and running a program of our size takes time and commitment. We thank them for stepping up to the plate. We also want to thank Phil Nowlin who is no longer a member of our board as he and his family have relocated to Texas. Phil served on our board for four years and also prepared our taxes pro bono. He will be missed and we wish him great success in his new venture.
The board decided to expand the number of lessons available each week as the facility capacity available to us and the health of our finances made this possible. As of several months ago we now offer 12 riding and 16 swimming lessons each week. This puts us in a position of offering just shy of 1,500 lessons per year at a cost of $52,500. While we recognize that this is a higher budget than what we have had in the past, we feel confident that we can continue to fund this through the generous donations of our members.
We also recently purchased a new horse for our program. He is Norwegian Fjord pony called Sunny. We decided that not only did we need some youth in our horses, but also one with the right temperament and one that has been trained for a therapeutic riding discipline. Sunny cost us about $7,000 but we believe he will be worth every penny.
Last year’s Annual Awards event took place in the fall and was a great success. This year’s event will again be on Columbus Day, October 14th. The children are off from school and it means that a lot more parents and relatives can attend the ceremony. Last year we awarded each student with a handsome trophy inscribed with their name. A total of 31 awards were handed out with over 80% of our students receiving achievement awards for both riding and swimming disciplines. We also want to thank all the parents who brought food and refreshments.
We were once again proud to announce the winners of The Ron Walters Award for 2011.
The Ron Walters Award is presented each year to the Las Campanas Compadres volunteer who in the opinion of the founders, Lawrence and Suzanna Becerra, has demonstrated outstanding enthusiasm for the program. The recipient will have an unparalleled sense of ardor, determination, and compassion, character traits that Ron Walters lived by.
It is always difficult to single out any one particular volunteer as all of our volunteers are incredibly helpful in so many ways. Suzanna and I always struggle with our decision. That being said, we are delighted to announce that last year there were several recipients, and the choices were easy ones to make.
Ken Brown is, simply put, just a heck of a nice guy. His delightful disposition and real love of the students is truly inspiring to watch. Ken is a trooper and his singing always keeps the students and volunteers amused.
Darlene Romero is an inspiration to all of us. Darlene is John “Mad Dog” Romero’s mom. You all know Mad Dog. He’s our student who despite the significant challenges he faces manages to ride, ski, swim, be a photographer, sit on our board, run our blog and Facebook pages; and all of this while attending college. Darlene is the selfless mom who makes all of this happen and still finds time to help our program in so many ways. Darlene recently joined our board and is our Secretary. Not surprisingly her work is tireless and inspiring. We can’t thank her, and her family, enough for all that they do for our program.
Lynnette Mallory has the cheeriest disposition one could ever hope to be around. The students love her as she always brings compassion and a positive disposition to every lesson she undertakes. We are very fortunate to have her in our program.
All of last year’s recipients are the epitome of what the Ron Walters Award stands for and their recognition is richly deserved.
Our 4th. Annual Mini Tri was a great success last year thanks to the hard work and dedication of our board, volunteers, The Club at Las Campanas staff, corporate sponsors and individual donors. I am pleased to report that we raised $39,599.
Sunday evening’s pasta dinner was a charmed evening. The food was great. The highlight of the evening was listening to two of our students, John Romero and Christian Woodard, talk about what the program means to them. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!
Last year we had 130 mini tri participants, up from 120 the previous year. We used a professional organizer, FIT FUNdamentals to organize the event and they did a great job. We also had an announcer, Chad, who kept the energy level high all morning by conducting interviews with participants and volunteers alike. The atmosphere can only be described as high energy, and we think a good time was had by all.
There were 11 special needs teams this year, up from three last year. Suzanna and I wanted to especially thank David Loan, General Manager; Andrew Nichols, Executive Chef; Tony Blankenship, Sous Chef; Jason Epstein, Director of Golf Operations; Tom Egelhoff, Director of Agronomy; and Todd Shaw, Fitness and Tennis Director, for pairing up with one of our students and giving them the chance to participate in the race. This is a big deal for them and can only be accomplished if you have people less concerned about winning and more concerned about giving. That being said, congratulations to Jason and his team “The Goof Balls” for coming in second place in the special needs team category.
It is impossible to list the names of everyone who helped make this event the success that it was. That being said, it would be remiss of me to fail to mention some members of staff who put in a lot of hours to make our event possible. Special thanks, therefore, go to Pam Franco for her support and energy around Las Campanas Compadres; Kay Lee, who has a can do attitude and always went the extra mile for us; Eric French and Deborah Fahie for making the pasta dinner event the success that it was; Todd Shaw, who not only participated in the event but was tremendously helpful in organizing the logistics of the race; David Loan who got behind the project early on and has been a great supporter; and of course all of the dining and spa staff that always did their job with a smile and offered encouragement to all the participants in the race.
Suzanna and I also want to especially thank all of this year’s volunteers. An event of this size is not possible unless a lot of people work together with a singular purpose in mind. They did a tremendous job and were the reason the event went off without a hitch. Many of them started the day at 5:30 AM and their energy and enthusiasm never flagged. We can only hope that you all step up to the plate again next year.
We are grateful that so many corporate and individual sponsors stepped up to the plate with generous offerings. A special thanks, in no particular order, go to United Airlines and Glenn Tilton who donated two business class tickets to anywhere in Europe that we were able to auction off for $7,500; United Rentals and Jenne Brittel who donated 400 baseball caps with our logo to be given out to all participants; The Lodge at Chama and Frank Simms who donated two evening’s stay at his beautiful lodge and two days of trophy trout fishing that we were able to auction off for $2500; Pietro Pertusini of Osteria D’Assisi restaurant fame, who donated a one week stay at his villa on Lake Como that auctioned for $2,500, Meyners Clifton Gunderson; Early & Early; Art & Tonic; The Framing Company; Roy’s Pest Control; Don Chalmers Ford; and Bell Tower Properties, The Club at Las Campanas, Albertsons, Amazon, Meddleton Equine, Eye Associates of new Mexico, and Devon Gilchrist.
2013 In Focus
While we anticipate that student growth will slow down somewhat during 2013 due to capacity constraints in our riding and swimming programs, we believe that the program can continue to grow in other ways. We will continue to accept new students and have instituted a rotation system in order to accommodate increasing numbers.
Our board has recently approved an initiative to help our students in other ways. LCC not only provides our students with a safe environment to learn some athletic skills and have fun, but it also helps our students gain in confidence and self esteem, preparing them for all the challenges that life is going to throw at them. One way that we feel we can be helpful is to use all of our collective skills and contacts in Santa Fe to help our students find meaningful work or other activities. Many of our students are in their 20’s and graduating from school. It is important for them to now find activities in our local community. Christian Woodard worked in the Las Campanas golf program last year. Christian helped with the golf carts and also did work on the practice range. He did a great job and the members loved his great sense of humor. We hope to see him again this year.
Our volunteer pool is growing but we can always use more volunteers. As our program grows, so do our needs. Beyond volunteers for the actual riding and swimming programs, we can always use pro bono help with legal, accounting, and grant writing services. As we have lost Phil Nowlin we are specifically looking for someone who would be willing to do our taxes. If you know of anyone who might be willing to help please let us know.
Devon Gilchrist has put in a lot of work to improve our website. We encourage people to visit http://www.lascampanascompadres.org There you can find updates on what’s going on, download volunteer and student application documents, visit a photo library, and even make a donation using PayPal.
LCC’s blog page and a Facebook page run by John and Darlene Romero are going strong. You can go to: https://benefitlcc.wordpress.com/ to go to our blog page to check out what’s going on in our program and add your own commentary. You can also go check out our page on Facebook. We believe Facebook and other forms of social networking will be important channels through which we can increase awareness in our
Las Campanas Compadres, Inc. program. Whether it is to announce events like Awards Day or the Mini Tri, or to attract volunteers and students, spreading the word is important and Facebook is a very efficient way to do this.
Our Albertson and Amazon programs are working out well for us. We have some more Albertson cards, so if you need one please contact us. The Amazon program can be used by anyone in the USA. It is a simple process of accessing the website through our website. If you do this one you are then recognized as an LCC Amazon friend and no matter how you access the Amazon website you will be recognized an up to 6% of your purchase will go to our program. We have high hopes for this program. Last year we raised $914 from the Albertson’s program and $1157 from the Amazon program. We would hope that those numbers can increase.
Finances
It is the policy of Las Campanas Compadres to be completely transparent regarding finances.
LCC entered 2012 with $72,113 in the bank. LCC ended the year with $92,425. We have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity and our sincere gratitude goes without saying.
While our cash balances may appear healthy, the continued growth of the program coupled with the challenging economic landscape necessitates the need for continued support. Our goal is to assure the perpetuity of the program. A healthy balance sheet is of utmost importance in allowing us to achieve our goals, and while the current snapshot of LCC’s finances shows a vibrant and healthy patient, continued support is required in order to assure continued good health and longevity.
During 2012 our total operating expenses were $42,692 versus a budget of $45,000 Expenses are divided into two main categories. The largest expense category is the cost of our instructors and equipment. Last year this accounted for $35,162 of our operating budget. The balance of $7,530 was for office infrastructure.
All LCC officers work pro bono. There are no salaried employees. All office infrastructure expenses are funded by the founders.
Our budget for 2013 is $59,120. We have budgeted $52,570 for programs and $6,550 for office infrastructure, non inclusive of our horse purchase.
It goes without saying that none of this would be possible without the generosity of a great number of people. Suzanna and I are truly grateful. We believe LCC has a positive impact on the lives of families in our program as well as the community at large.
Suzanna and I want to thank you once again for your support and generosity and we look forward to seeing you all during 2013.
Kindest Regards,
Suzanna & Lawrence Becerra
Founders
Las Campanas Compadres, Inc.
15 Buckskin Circle, Santa Fe, NM 87506
Tel: 505 820 2707 Fax: 505 820 2709
A Registered 501 (c) 3 Corporation

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