On Friday, we had our big "Toast to Ten Years" fundraiser for Ciudad Nueva. It was a huge success! Our fundraiser was the first non-baseball event to take place at El Paso's brand new baseball stadium, Southwest University Park. The venue provided a light-hearted atmosphere for our 340+ guests to learn about Ciudad Nueva's work and mission.
Fifteen of our students helped form the welcome team for this event, and ushered guests in for the fun and festivities.
We hosted a Celebrity Home Run Derby in which four local TV sports anchors and the Superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District made their best attempts at hitting a home run. A few of our students got the chance to go on the baseball field to help fetch the baseballs. One of our eighth graders had this to say about her experience:
"It was really fun and entertaining! I got to be on the field during the Celebrity Home Run Derby and I chased the baseballs. I even got to keep one!"- Cristina
After the derby, we enjoyed an open-air dinner on the main concourse of the stadium while overlooking the field and the city. Along the concourse, we showcased some of our students' artwork. After dinner, we showed our guests this video to help them understand what we do. The video profiles two inspiring young adults who are currently involved in our programs. I encourage you to take a look!
We concluded the evening with "behind-the-scenes" tours of the ballpark. We saw where the sports announcers and A/V team sit, visited the fancy West Star Bank Club, and peeked into the basement and dugout where the players practice batting.
Overall, we had a wonderful time and raised a solid amount of support for our ministry. Thank you to everyone who helped put this event together, and to everyone who gave of their time and money to attend.
Posted by Tessa