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LCC’s 2015 Annual Fundraiser— So Many Great Ways You Can Participate!

IT’S ALMOST TIME!!!!
If you haven’t heard, the 7th Annual Las Campanas Compadres Triathlon and Kids’ Race is on Labor Day, September 7 at 8 a.m.

There are several ways you can plan ahead and participate in the 2015 annual LCC fundraiser to make it the most successful series of events ever.

First, here’s how you REGISTER to swim, bike and run:

Go to:
www.lascampanascompadres.org 

It’s easy! Click on the “Register Now! green button.

LCC 2015 eannounce

or go directly to:

https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=14212551&int=29-110-1

It’s always more fun when there’s a crowd to cheer on the athletes. Join us for the race day excitement on Labor Day Monday, September 7th, at 8 a.m., 90 Clubhouse Drive at the Las Campanas Fitness, Tennis and Spa Facility.

VOLUNTEERS are always needed for race day.

Volunteers help sign in registered athletes and keep triathlon participants safe by directing traffic. Volunteer are posted on race routes to help participants stay on course. Go to the LCC website to volunteer for the Triathlon and Kids’ Race at:

http://lascampanascompadres.org/contact-us/

ITS EASY TO DONATE OR RAISE FUNDS FOR LCC AT CROWDRISE

Help LCC reach the 2015 $95,000 budget goal and make the Las Campanas Compadres 2015 annual fundraiser the most successful ever.
Donate, or raise funds by  joining the LCC FOUNDER’S CROWDRISE team at:

https://www.crowdrise.com/lascampanascompadrestriathlon/fundraiser/lawrencebecerra

ONLINE AUCTION — The online display/listing of  items  will  soon be ready for your perusal and bidding (August thru September).
Fabulous items have been donated by LCC friends who wish to  provide a means for auction bidders to purchase wonderful items while supporting a worthwhile cause.

Very soon, you’ll find travel packages, exquisite jewelry, beautiful artwork, delicious dining, and extraordinary goods and services at: www.lascampanascompadres.org

Save the date!!!
EVENT: ANNUAL PASTA DINNER, Sunday, September 6, The Torreon Portal

It takes place on the evening before the Triathlon at THE CLUB AT LAS CAMPANAS (sumptuous food by their award-winning Club chef.)
Watch the LCC Website for Reservation Details (August) (www.lascampanascompadres.org)

LCC  is pleased to announce that the pasta dinner keynote motivational speaker is Tove Shere this year. Tove has over thirty years’ experience coaching athletes at all levels, ages, and disciplines. She is an eight-time member of USA Triathlon World Championship teams with three times as an All-American. She is also a three-time USA Cycling National Champion in Cyclocross and Silver Medalist at Worlds.

Your support in any area of the LCC fundraiser provides the ability for Las Campanas Compadres to continue offering no-fee riding and swimming lessons for people with special needs. Your participation in any part of this year’s multi-faceted annual fundraiser will contribute to making a positive difference in the lives of LCC students and their families.

You ARE the generous people who help people reach new heights!

July 11, 2015 at 8:21 PM Leave a comment

A Voice for LCC Volunteers Speaks

And the Oscar goes to the Las Campanas Compadres Volunteers for the “Best Supporting Professionals of a Worthwhile Charity”…

Along with the Academy Awards, March 2nd marked  the first Sunday of the month  when Rey Post features Las Campanas Compadres on his  “All Things Real Estate” radio broadcast.  Susan Sumner, Las Campanas Compadres volunteer since 2007, and board member, speaks eloquently when she describes  how necessary and important volunteers are to the LCC programs.  She explains that there is a wide-array of volunteer opportunities– without an extensive time commitment– for LCC’s year-round  therapeutic programs and also for the Labor Day LCC Triathlon/Super Sprint.

The March 2nd podcast can be heard at:

http://www.santafe.com/the-voice/podcast/all-things-real-estate-first-hour-march-2-2014#.UxOvd_ldX_E

To  focus directly on Susan’s six-minute commentary, she is introduced by Rey Post at 29:18 into the broadcast.

Las Campanas Compadres appreciates Susan Sumner and every one of the volunteers who give of themselves to be a critical part of the  therapeutic programs which provide  no-fee lessons to people of all ages with disabilities.

LCC Volunteers--Winners All

LCC Volunteers–Winners All

 

 

 

March 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM Leave a comment

Please Save the Date: September 2nd— 2013 LCC Mini-Triathlon!

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP

 September 2nd (Labor Day) is the Las Campanas Compadres annual Mini-Triathlon fund raising event.

 WE NEED VOLUNTEERS

to make this a fun day for all participants.

Please contact  SUZANNA BECERRA for further information and to volunteer.

SUZANNA’S CONTACT INFORMATION:

PHONE 505-820-2707,

EMAIL:  suzanna1961@comcast.net

To sign up to participate in the  LCC Mini-Triathlon, go to the home page of the Las Campanas Compadres  Website:

http://lascampanascompadres.org/

Morning of the 2012 Mini-triathlonand click on the green SIGN UP button

June 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM Leave a comment

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

April 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM Leave a comment

Awards Day—Coming Soon! Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 3 p.m.

Las Campanas Compadres Awards Day

 

3:00 pm

Saturday, October 13th 2012

Equestrian Center The Club at Las Campanas

 

 

Please join us for our annual awards day for students and volunteers. All of our students will be receiving individual awards.

 

Lynn Woodard has once again kindly offered to organize food and refreshments.

If you would like to bring something, please contact Lynn  at 984-1984

 

Fall 2011984

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

September 29, 2012 at 2:04 PM Leave a comment

Mini-Tri 2012 Photos and Results are on the LCC Website!

The Las Campanas Compadres Mini-Triathlon photos, and race results, are now posted on our website: www.lascampanascompadres.org.

To see the photos and get the link to  the individual and team results, click on the Events & Photos tab.

We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s Mini-Tri!

September 17, 2012 at 7:01 AM Leave a comment

Mini-Tri 2012—Thanks from Lawrence and Suzanna

Dear Athletes and Volunteers,

Our 4th Annual Mini Tri was a great success this year thanks to the hard work and dedication of our board, volunteers, The Club at Las Campanas staff, corporate sponsors, and individual donors. We trust you had a great time and that you will sign up again for next year’s event.

Our event raises money for our charity, Las Campanas Compadres, Inc. LCC offers free riding and swimming lessons for people with special needs. Since inception we have underwritten over 3,500 lessons and are on track to underwrite approximately 1,200 per year. Please go to our website http://lascampanascompadres.org/to learn more about us and how you can help.

This year we had 130 mini tri participants, up from 120 last 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 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; 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 with a time of 1:09:14.

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 stated 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.

Congratulation to this year’s overall winners in the following categories. Their names will be inscribed on this year’s trophy that was generously crafted and donated by our very own Rosa Silbert. Look for it at the Hacienda. Individual and team times can be found by going to http://www.chasing3.com/lcctriresults/

Category                                               Name                                   Time

 

Overall Male                                         Scott Valdez                          56:02

Overall Female                                     Laura Sullivan                      1:10:52

Overall Veteran                                    Matthew Hall                          59:46

Overall Junior                                       Ethan Melvin                          59:31

Overall Team                                        Merrill Lynch                         52.52

Overall COED Team                            Team D’Alfonso                  1:01:01

Overall Special Needs Team                 Team Santi                          1:05:40

Once again, thank you to all of our participants and we hope to see you again next year.

Kind Regards,

Lawrence & Suzanna Becerra

Founders, Las Campanas Compadres, Inc.

September 5, 2012 at 7:20 PM Leave a comment

LCC Website Renovation

The Las Campanas Compadres website has had a “makeover”!  Yes, the website is sporting a fresh, new look. Many thanks to Devon Gilchrist for designing the lovely and informative LCC website.

Supporting LCC couldn’t be easier.  The portal to purchase goods from Amazon.com and shop at Albertson’s using a community card to benefit LCC  both remain on the site. The easy-to-use PayPal button for donations is also on the home page.

Newly organized, the LCC website  features pages to acquaint browsers with the wonderful LCC riding and swimming programs the “Compadres” have provided at no charge to participants over the last five years.

There is clear information and excellent photos of  LCC’s  activities.  It is great to see the generous people in the community who volunteer to make the programs work.  The website also has plenty of  images of those who contribute by taking part in LCC’s  fundraising efforts.

It is, perhaps, most gratifying to see the program’s participants having fun and feeling proud of their achievements.

Please note that the new site includes information about the upcoming opportunity (The September 3, 2012 Labor Day Mini Triathlon) for the community to get involved in a bicycling, running and swimming way, to provide support to keep LCC going strong.

Be sure and browse through the “gussied-up”  Las Campanas Compadres website by going to:

http://lascampanascompadres.org/

May 10, 2012 at 7:13 PM Leave a comment

Celebrating Georgia Smith– Riding Instructor Extraordinaire

Today we celebrate the many talents Georgia Smith has shared with Las Campanas Compadres.

Georgia has been the NAHRA-rated riding instructor during the five years since LCC’s inception. She  has also contributed her time, organizational skills, and fundraising talents by serving on the LCC board and as Company secretary.

On riding Mondays, Georgia demonstrates her ability to make a positive connection simultaneously with the program horses, the LCC volunteers, the riding students and their families. Georgia orchestrates a day of lessons form-fitted for each individual rider. She has the gift of evaluating  and focusing on each  rider’s strengths in order to plan  individual lessons and set long-term goals so each student makes gratifying progress and enjoys every half-hour equestrian experience.

In deep appreciation, we wish Georgia the very best as she moves on to other opportunities.

April 23, 2012 at 10:30 AM 4 comments

Reflections

A whirlwind of life events often leaves important emotional debris drifting, floating— to be carefully sifted through to find something of value.

Solid thoughts of time spent, (or misspent) often follow final, very poignant goodbyes to loved ones.  Bittersweet reflections sometimes make certain things perfectly clear.  Perhaps deep sadness and sudden clarity serve to brighten and shine efforts to put energy into things that mean something worthwhile in this life.

There is healing goodness and wholeness in the essence of community.  Las Campanas Compadres is about taking care of one another, and sharing  resources.   LCC is an ongoing hope for making the lives of  people with disabilities fuller and blessed by the tender touch of those who care.

April 20, 2012 at 12:41 PM Leave a comment

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