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EPCF Jewel Box Series at Philanthropy Theatre opens sixth season in October

The El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre celebrates its sixth season with its first comedy show, first ballet, and first returning show, plus two one-of-a-kind concerts, and two new plays.

The Jewel Box Series, created by the El Paso Community Foundation to showcase local performing arts groups in the charming Philanthropy Theatre, presents diverse, unusual and inventive programs.

The 2019-2020 season features eight productions, each at 2:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month, from October 2019 through May 2020.

The season begins October 13 — during downtown’s Chalk the Block public art festival — with the The Cloud 915 Comedy Showcase, featuring six local comedians.

Singer-songwriter Emily Davis makes her Jewel Box debut on November 3, with Jewel Box returnee Jaimielynn Amato opening, in a concert called Two Women. Two Voices. Unplugged. The first half of the season concludes with a revised version of The Border Theatre improve comedy Icarus Was a Rookie: Run the Jewel Back, which debuted at last year’s Jewel Box Series.

The second half opens January 12 with We Have Each Other, three one-acts by Felix Arenas, that examine the meaning of family.

Our pre-Valentine’s Day show February 9 is The Straussiana, choreographed and directed by Rebecca Meza of Ballet in Session Academy. Mark Watts and Stephanie Karr’s Seven Deadly Shorts (March 8) is a series of 10-minute one-acts. Recording Moving Studios’ yo Soy project on April 19 is a multi-media production that examines identity.

Doug Adamz and Gene Keller join Teresa Tudury in the Southwest Songwriters Series, which closes the season May 10.

Tickets for each show are $16, on sale at the Plaza Theatre Box Office and online.  Season tickets are $103 (a 20% discount), on sale at the El Paso Community Foundation, 333 N. Oregon, by phone at 915-533-4020, or online.

The 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre is located above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex.

The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live. 

El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre – SCHEDULE

The Cloud 915 Comedy Showcase

Lando VC, Adam Dominguez, Anthony Austin Brown, Joe Rodriguez, Nico Adjemian and Dante Verduzco

October 13, 2019, 2:30 pm 

Our sixth season starts with laughter. Clean comic Orlando “Lando VC” Cordova hosts this showcase of Borderland stand-ups.

Two Women. Two Voices. Unplugged.

Emily Davis and Jaimielynn Amato                

November 3, 2019, 2:30 pm                         

Fresh from a national tour supporting Bad Religion, edgy singer-songwriter Emily Davis returns to her solo punk-folk roots. Opener is the “Songbird of El Paso,” singer-songwriter — and ace whistler — Jaimielynn Amato.

Icarus Was a Rookie: Run the Jewel Back

The Border Theatre

December 8, 2019, 2:30 pm 

This irreverent bit of interactive, improv theater debuted last year in the Jewel Box Series. It has evolved to include more local talent, but the audience still gets to order from a menu of 30 short pieces, which are performed in 60 minutes.

We Have Each Other       

Felix Arenas

January 12, 2020, 2:30 pm            

Few things are as important as family. Every family comes with its own struggles. This trio of one-acts by Felix Arenas explores those issues and how we feel safe within that family — because we have each other.

The Straussiana

Ballet in Session Academy

February 9, 2020, 2:30 pm                            

The music and dance of old Vienna come to life in this original production from Rebecca Meza of Ballet in Session Academy. The one-act classical ballet is set to music by Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss.

Seven Deadly Shorts

Palmore Productions

March 8, 2020, 2:30 pm

What could aliens, yoga, fortune telling, Cracker Jack, baggage, chess and murder possibly have in common?  SIN!  From Mark Watts and Stephanie Karr, the team that opened the first Jewel Box Series in 2014, comes this series of seven 10-minute plays that will take you down that dark path of the Seven Deadly Sins.

yo Soy project

Recording Moving Studios

April 19, 2020, 2:30 pm    

Written by Adry Love and directed by Diego Muniz, this bilingual production combines music, video projection, film and visual art. The culmination is a multimedia experience exploring personal and geographic identity. It’s part of the 2020 Nuevo Siglo de Oro Spanish drama festival.


The Southwest Songwriter Series

Doug Adamz, Teresa Tudury and Gene Keller

May 10, 2020, 2:30 pm

These three master “poet-composers” will take listeners on an epic journey using only melodies, poetry, and guitars in this special Mother’s Day concert. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Doug Adamz, an El Paso product recently returned from years in California, has worked with Joan Baez and the Kronos Quartet.

Teresa Tudury is a sultry-voiced Bay Area product described as a cross between Bonnie Raitt and Bette Midler. Gene Keller is an El Paso icon, a singer-songwriter-poet who has performed and inspired audiences for more than 40 years.

Tenet Healthcare Foundation exceeds fundraising goal, Donates $350k to Victims’ Fund

Earlier this week, Tenet Healthcare Corporation presented a $350,000 donation to the El Paso Community Foundation to support victims and families affected by the tragic events on August 3.

“The El Paso Community is inspired by the outpouring of compassion shown by Tenet and the Hospitals of Providence,” said Eric Pearson, president of the El Paso Community Foundation. “This is a bittersweet embrace of our community, coming together in the wake of this tragedy.”

The gift was made by the Tenet Healthcare Foundation and will go directly to the El Paso Community Foundation’s Shooting Victims’ Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Mr. Rittenmeyer said, “We have provided care to the El Paso Community for over 40 years. The response from our Tenet employees around the country as well as our business partners to support victims and their families in El Paso was immediate and heartwarming. I am extremely proud of our Tenet Family for their generosity and kindness to a community still suffering greatly from a truly senseless act.”

As previously announced, The Tenet Healthcare Foundation pledged to contribute $100,000 to the El Paso Community Foundation and provide an additional match for the first $50,000 in donations.

Through the generosity of employees and business partners, the final contribution of $350,000 far exceeded that initial commitment.

On Monday, Aug, 12, Tenet Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ron Rittenmeyer, along with colleagues from Tenet and The Hospitals of Providence, participated in a ceremony in El Paso to honor the community and those who lost their lives during the tragedy.

At the ceremony, which was held at The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and attended by caregivers and first responders, Mr. Rittenmeyer presented the donation to the El Paso Community Foundation.

With 5,300 team members in El Paso, Tenet is the city’s second-largest private employer. The company operates four acute care hospitals under The Hospitals of Providence brand and more than 50 outpatient centers, physician clinics and other care facilities throughout the area.

Paso del Norte Community Foundation, El Paso Community Foundation announce victims fund coordination

On Monday, officials with the two largest shooting victims funds announced that Stephanie Karr has been appointed to assist in distributing funds raised for victims of the August 3, 2019 shooting.

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation and the El Paso Community Foundation jointly appointed Ms. Karr to coordinate disbursement of victim relief funds which have been donated to both foundations.

Ms. Karr, who recently retired from the El Paso Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, is a veteran non-profit leader, with experience serving people who have survived traumatic incidents.

“I am honored to work with these two foundations who are leading relief funds collection. We want to assure our families that we will work diligently and fairly for them to receive the help they need,” said Ms. Karr.

“Stephanie’s experience and knowledge will help us coordinate our mutual efforts,” said Eric Pearson, President and CEO of the El Paso Community Foundation. “We are proud of how our community and our country have come together during this dark period.”

“El Pasoans’ generosity continues to be an inspiration to all of us,” said Tracy Yellen, CEO of the Paso del Norte Foundation. “Our collaboration to serve victims and their families is of utmost importance.”

A local task force will guide local efforts for distribution.  Additionally, the National Compassion Fund, a nonprofit organization who has worked with other communities who have experienced mass shootings, will provide assistance.

“We are ensuring that we have a fair, transparent and equitable system in place that will provide maximum relief to families.”, said Ms. Karr.  Both foundations have waived administrative and credit card fees for donations received.  Local groups who have raised funds may coordinate the distribution of those funds through this joint effort.

The Family Assistance Center has been set up at the Judson Williams Convention Center to provide coordinated services to families. Several local, state and federal agencies, as well as non-profit service providers, are present to provide help to families. Also, families can contact the District Attorney Victim Assistance Services office at (915) 546-2091.

Donations can be made to the El Paso Community Foundation or the Paso del Norte Community Foundation.

EP Community Foundation hosts public meeting to determine future of Wyler Tramway

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is performing a feasibility study geared toward determining the future of the Wyler Aerial Tramway.

The public meeting, hosted by the El Paso Community Foundation, will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 6 p.m.

“It’s a piece of El Paso’s identity, and a big part of our history. It was a very popular destination up until it ceased operation” said Eric Pearson, president of the El Paso Community Foundation. “Thanks to our lawmakers in Austin—especially Senator Jose Rodriguez and State Representative Lina Ortega—we now all have an opportunity to work on a new concept.”

The Wyler Aerial Tramway was originally designed to provide maintenance access for television transmission towers in the Franklin Mountains until it was donated to TPWD in 1997. The department reopened it to the public in 2001 following extensive renovation.

“This feasibility study is a great first step toward determining the future of the only public tramway in the state of Texas,” said Rodney Franklin, Director of Texas State Parks. “We are excited to use the feedback we get from the citizens of El Paso and from around the state through these public meetings and online survey.”

The meeting will take place in the El Paso Community Foundation’s office, 333 North Oregon Street. Anyone unable to attend the meeting can still provide their input through an online survey found at online.

For more information about Wyler Aerial Tramway, visit the TPWD website.

Wyler Tramway Public Input Meeting:

Who: Texas Parks and Wildlife and El Paso Community Foundation

What: Public Input Meeting

Where: Foundation Room, 333. North Oregon

Time:  Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 6 p.m. 

Plaza Classic Film Festival welcomes author Victoria Riskin

Writer Victoria Riskin will appear at the El Paso Community Foundation’s 12th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival in August to talk about some of her parents’ movies and sign copies of her acclaimed new biography, Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir.

Ms. Riskin, the daughter of actress Fay Wray (King Kong, The Most Dangerous Game) and the great screenwriter Robert Riskin (It Happened One Night, Meet John Doe), will discuss her mother’s work as Ann Darrow in an onstage interview before a screening of the 1933 masterpiece King Kong at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 6 in the Plaza Theatre.

She also will introduce one of her mother’s favorite movies, the 1928 Eric von Stroheim silent classic The Wedding March at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, and one of her father’s most popular films, the 1938 romantic comedy You Can’t Take It With You, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 7. Both will be in the Plaza Theatre.

She will follow the You Can’t Take It With You screening with a book signing at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 7 in the Plaza Theatre.

Victoria Riskin is an award-winning television writer-producer (The Last Best Year, My Antonia, The Member of the Wedding), former president of the Writers Guild of America, West, and an activist who served on the board of Human Rights Watch.

Her mother starred in more than 120 movies and successfully transitioned from silent movies to talkies.

Fay Wray met Robert Riskin — “Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor,” known for his nine films directed by Frank Capra — at a party in 1940. Their fairytale marriage ended with Riskin’s tragic death in 1955.

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir has received rave reviews. The Associated Press wrote: “If there was an Academy Award for movie books, Victoria Riskin would be making room beside the Oscar her father won for writing the romantic comedy classic It Happened One Night.”

This year’s Plaza Classic Film Festival will feature more than 90 movies from August 1-11, 2019 in and around the historic Plaza Theatre.

In addition to Ms. Riskin, the Plaza Classic’s guests include husband-and-wife acting couple Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at 7 p.m. Friday, August 2 and the 1978 cult classic The Legacy at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, August 3, both in the Plaza Theatre.

Among the titles announced so far are an 80th anniversary screening of The Wizard of Oz, the Plaza Classic debut of My Fair Lady, a new 4K restoration of 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1939’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the 11th annual free outdoor showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Individual tickets go on sale in early July. Festival passes are on sale now online. Call 915-533-4020 for more information.

Student-inspired Northeast mural to be dedicated Saturday

Artwork by 190 students from Barron, Tom Lea, and Bradley elementary schools provided inspiration for local artists LosDos and this collaborative process has resulted in a mural for Northeast El Paso.

The new mural will be dedicated from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4 at Veterans Park located at 5301 Salem Drive.

LosDos artists Ramon and Christian Cardenas, whose work embraces and celebrates community, spoke with students from the schools about expressing their experiences through art, as well as what community means to them.

The students kept journals over an 8-week period, which expressed their ideas of community — friends, family, neighborhood, and personal thoughts. LosDos used the students’ work as inspiration, resulting in a single mural, which will be dedicated Saturday.

The 10-foot tall by 20-foot mural is part of an effort to expand public art in the region.

“It was new and exciting for us to work with so many different partners on a project,” Christian Cardenas said.

This is the 4th year that Artstream, a project of the El Paso Community Foundation, has partnered with artists to educate students on how they create their art, and how those students can express themselves artistically.

The Artstream project integrates fundamentals of fine arts into elementary school classrooms and supports the El Paso Independent School District’s Active Learning Initiative, an interactive, project-based curriculum. Artstream shows teachers how to incorporate music, movement, and the visual arts into everyday classroom lessons to enhance student academic and social development.

This project was made possible by the generous support of the El Paso Community Foundation, The Classroom Fund, and Progress321.

EPCF, Down Syndrome Coalition get into the ice cream business

The El Paso Community Foundation (EPCF) and its supporting organization, the Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso, announced at Saturday’s The Whole Hog fundraiser a tasty new business venture designed to employ people with special needs.

EPCF and DSC are teaming with Dallas-based Howdy Homemade Ice Cream to bring a franchise to El Paso.

“This is one part of the El Paso Community Foundation’s and the Down Syndrome Coalition’s commitment to provide employment to people with special needs,” said Eric Pearson, El Paso Community Foundation President and CEO.

Howdy Homemade, which has 13 stores, is known nationally for its emphasis on employing people with special needs.

Officials added that the program  “is part of a larger EPCF attempt to provide life and work opportunities for the special needs community.”

Recently, EPCF teamed with the national Project SEARCH, the Hospitals of Providence and the Socorro Independent School District to provide internships for those with developmental disabilities.

The Down Syndrome Coalition for El Paso was founded in 2015 to create a brighter path for the future of children with Down Syndrome and learning disabilities.

DSC established Every Little Blessing, a preschool for children ages 18 months to 5 years with Down syndrome. DSCEP’s annual The Whole Hog barbecue is its largest fundraiser.

EPCF, PCFF host special benefit screening of new “Hearts on the Gila” documentary

Journey down the Gila River with three mothers in search of hope and renewal after the tragic loss of their children in a screening of the work-in-progress documentary Hearts on the Gila.

The El Paso Community Foundation (EPCF) Plaza Classic Film Festival (PCFF) hosts the screening, the first stop of a six-city tour that includes Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Silver City and Mesilla in New Mexico.

The screening will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26 in the El Paso Community Foundation’s Foundation Room, 333 North Oregon, across from San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso.

The tour is presented by Heart of the Gila, New Mexico Wild , and the Center for Biological Diversity ; nonprofit groups dedicated to protecting and promoting wild and scenic protection for New Mexico’s last wild river.

Hearts on the Gila takes place four years after three mothers lost their teenage children in a tragic plane crash. The women embarked on a 36-mile kayak journey down the Gila River into the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico.

Their children, passionate environmentalists who were inextricably linked to the Gila, were studying the effects of a devastating forest fire when their plane went down in high wind. The mothers look for hope and solace on the waters of one of America’s last wild rivers and one of America’s great natural treasures.

In Garcia’s film, the women learn about themselves, their children’s legacies, and the importance of wild river systems to the spiritual health of humanity in a world where wild places are rapidly disappearing.

The tour of this work-in-progress version of Hearts on the Gila — which will be submitted to major film festivals around the world when completed this year — is designed to raise awareness of the challenges facing the river, which runs through the nation’s first official wilderness area.

The screenings will be an opportunity for audience members to engage in a direct way with the filmmaking process and to dialogue in person with the filmmaker and some of the film’s subjects.

Albuquerque filmmaker David Garcia and some of the film’s subjects will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will be a cash bar (beer and wine). Parking is available nearby at the Chase/Mills Plaza Parking Garage on Oregon Street.

Admission is $10 at the door or online; all proceeds go to Heart of the Gila.

Plaza Classic Film Festival 2019 now accepting ‘Local Flavor’ submissions

The 12th annual El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival is now accepting submissions for Local Flavor, the region’s largest showcase of locally made and connected films.

The film series, sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, features short and feature-length films of various types, including fiction, documentary, animated, experimental and music video.  Local Flavor entry is free.

More than $1,500 in cash will be handed out in the second annual Local Flavor Awards, sponsored by the Public Relations Association of the Southwest.

Entries selected for the Local Flavor series will be announced in July and screened during the festival. This year’s film festival will be August 1-11, 2019 in and around the Plaza Theatre.

Returning to curate Local Flavor are El Paso filmmakers Zach Passero(The Weird Kidz, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, Wicked Lake, Motel, Glimpse), who has been involved with the Plaza Classic Film Festival since it began in 2008, and Lucky McKee (Kindred Spirits, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, The Woods, The Woman), who first appeared at PCFF with his All Cheerleaders Die in 2014.

Any type of film may be submitted. No works-in-progress will be accepted. Projects must have been completed January 1, 2018 or after, and must be made locally, locally set or have a connection of some kind to the El Paso-Juarez-Las Cruces area (such as a director originally from El Paso).

Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, June 16, 2019. Submissions may be made via the Plaza Classic website.

Call 915-533-4020 or email us at for more information.

El Paso’s Inaugural Animal Advocacy Day is February 24

The El Paso Animal Collaborative, an initiative of the El Paso Community Foundation, is partnering with the Texas Humane Legislative Network (THLN) to host the first El Paso Animal Advocacy Day this weekend.

Organizers say the event will run from 1- 4 p.m. Sunday, February 24 in the El Paso Community Foundation Room, located at 333 North Oregon Street.

State Representative Joe Moody will share insights on how citizen advocates can best coalesce their voices for animals. Moody, the first Speaker pro tem from El Paso, has been endorsed by THLN.

Via a news release, officials shared that the public can “Learn what animal protection issues are at stake in the 2019 legislative session and how you can get political for animals. Exciting legislation has already been filed to advance the humane treatment of animals this session – critical protections for tied-out dogs, banning the predatory practice of “pet leasing,” enabling the adoption of retired research animals, to allowing good Samaritans to free dogs in hot cars.”

Laura Donahue Halloran, Executive Director for Texas Humane Legislative Network, will break down the critical elements of these bills and explain how to help both spread the word and make change in Austin.

This event is free and open to the public, however organizers are asking potential attendees to RSVP so they can ensure seats for all.

The El Paso Animal Collaborative was formed in 2018 by the El Paso Community Foundation. The group, which meets quarterly, addresses the issues faced by the animal community in our region.

Participating organizations include: Animal Rescue League of El Paso, Animal Shelter Advisory Committee (ASAC), Cat Rescue Corporation, El Paso Animal Services Shelter, El Paso County Sheriff Animal Control Unit, El Paso Veterinary Medical Association, El Paso Zoo, Enchanted Pass Animal Rescue, From The Heart Rescue, Horses Unlimited Rescue and Education Center Inc., Humane Society of El Paso, Paws for Love, Second Chance Wildlife Rescue, Stick House Sanctuary, Sun City Cats, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Therapy Dogs International.

Organizers Announce Annual ‘Run Internacional: The U.S.-Mexico 10K’ Canceled

On Wednesday, officials announced that the previously postponed bi-national Run Internacional -The U.S.-Mexico 10K had been canceled.

“The federal, state and local agencies on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are valued partners in carrying out the race,” said Eric Pearson, President of the El Paso Community Foundation, which manages the race with the Ciudad Juárez Sports Commission.

“It is a great example of cross-border cooperation, and CBP is an important part of the equation.” The race would be impossible to stage without the personnel and logistics support, Pearson added.

Last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials asked that the race be postponed, citing their limited resources given current conditions on the border.  Race officials say that now, in the wake of the current limited shutdown of the U.S. Government, the El Paso Community Foundation and race organizers decided to cancel this year’s race.

The 10K — which winds through the shared downtowns of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez — was scheduled for November 3, 2018.  The 2019 International 10K will be in November.

Runners who registered for the 2018 race can carry over their registration for the 2019 race, or they may request a refund beginning Thursday, January 3, 2019.

To request a refund, please send an email to the name on the credit card, the name(s) of the participant(s), and the date of registration.

Those who did register in 2018, including those who have already received refunds, may pick up a commemorative 27-oz. Run Internacional water bottle while supplies last at Up and Running (3233 N. Mesa, Suite 205) Registrants are asked to bring a copy of their registration e-mail.

For updates on the marathon, visit

Annunciation House Receives $40,000 Grant from Relief Fund

The El Paso Community Foundation, in partnership with the Prudential Foundation, granted $40,000 to Annunciation House to help pay for the mounting cost of housing undocumented migrant families seeking asylum in the United States.

Annunciation House has been filled to capacity with mostly Central American migrants fleeing poverty, hunger, and violence in their home countries. Annunciation House works with hotels and motels in the area to house more people in need, after Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials began leaving hundreds of migrants on the streets of downtown El Paso over the holiday season.

The organization is spending $150,000 a month for hotel rooms due to a lack of housing space at their shelters, according to media reports.

The Migrant Families Relief Fund was created in the El Paso Community Foundation last June after federal agents began separating migrant families on the U.S. side of the border. It has received small gifts from Community Foundations around the country, and a large gift from the Prudential Foundation.

The Fund benefits four organizations that assist migrants — Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services; Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center; the Detained Migrant Solidarity Committee; and Annuncation House.

“This is the second distribution from the Migrant Families Relief Fund, and Foundation staff felt the timing is crucial,” said Eric Pearson, President of the El Paso Community Foundation.  “However, the immediacy of this response does not diminish the longer-term needs of these minors and families, offered by all of the organizations named in the Fund.  We know that legal support and other services are important as well, and the Foundation wants to be thoughtful.”

The El Paso Community Foundation is waiving all credit card and administrative fees for the fund; 100% of donations will pass through to the four organizations so they can provide direct services.

To donate to the fund, call 915-533-4020 or go to epcf website.

Spirit of Giving Campaign Update: GECU Drop-Off Deadline December 7

While the El Paso Community Foundation’s 30th annual Spirit of Giving campaign is in full swing, there are some important deadlines coming up that gift-givers need to be aware of.

Spirit of Giving trees are located at Cielo Vista Mall, Sunland Park Mall, and five GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services locations — Viscount and Airway; Rojas and Zaragoza; Vista del Sol and Yarbrough; Dyer and Diana; and Resler and Helen of Troy.

The trees are adorned with snowflake tags that represent the stories of people — children, elderly, and disabled — in need. Pick a tag, buy a gift, wrap it with the tag, and return it to the Spirit of Giving location where it was purchased.

More than 57,000 gifts have been given through this uniquely El Paso effort, which started in 1989.

The drop-off deadlines are:

• GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services locations — Friday, December 7
• Cielo Vista Mall — Wednesday, December 19
• Sunland Park Mall — Thursday, December 20

Community members can also go to the virtual tree at, click the tag of the story that moves them and pay for the gift. The El Paso Community Foundation will ensure that it is delivered.

Or print the tag, purchase the gift, wrap it and deliver it, with the tag, to our office at 333 North Oregon Street on the 2nd Floor. Office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

The deadline to drop off gifts at Community Foundation’s office is Monday, December 17.

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Spirit of Giving is sponsored by Cielo Vista Mall/Simon Malls, Sunland Park Mall, GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services, KTSM 9 and iHeartRadio of El Paso

Sparta Headlines ‘El Paso Forever’ with Frontera Bugalu, Nalgadas Tuesday Night

It’s not everyday that a board member of a major community foundation headlines a big outdoor benefit concert. Then again, Jim Ward is not your average board member.

Jim will lead his internationally known band Sparta in the much-anticipated El Paso Forever concert — a benefit for the El Paso Community Foundation — at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 20 outside on Oregon Street, between the Mills Building and San Jacinto Plaza.

Frequent Sparta tour mates Frontera Bugalu and Nalgadas, both highly regarded El Paso bands, will open the show.

Jim, in case you didn’t know, is on the board of the El Paso Community Foundation, whose motto is “For Good. For El Paso. Forever.”

When Sparta reconvened last year after a four-year break, it kicked off nearly a year’s worth of touring with a benefit for EPCF. Tuesday’s show bookends those 11 months of shows by the band, which includes bassist Matt Miller, guitarist Gabriel Gonzalez and drummer Cully Symington.

Admission is a $10 donation at the door, or you may donate in advance online (just print out your receipt).

All proceeds go to the El Paso Community Foundation, which will use the funds to update classrooms in the Borderplex region with computer labs. Additional donations also will be accepted during the show.

The El Paso Forever concert is generously sponsored by Microsoft TechSpark, a national civic program designed to expand economic opportunity and job creation through digital initiatives, including computer science education programs.

El Paso Community Foundation’s ‘Spirit of Giving’ Returns for 30th Year

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Spirit of Giving campaign returns for its 30th year with plenty of places, physical and digital, where you can help someone who might otherwise go without this holiday.

Spirit of Giving trees are located at Cielo Vista Mall, Sunland Park Mall, and five GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services locations — Viscount and Airway; Rojas and Zaragoza; Vista del Sol and Yarbrough; Transmountain and Dyer; and Resler and Helen of Troy.

The trees are adorned with snowflake tags that represent the stories of people — children, elderly, and disabled — in need. All residents need to do is pick a tag, buy a gift, wrap it with the tag, and return it to the Spirit of Giving location where it was purchased.

More than 57,000 gifts have been given through this uniquely El Paso effort, which started in 1989.

The drop-off deadlines are:

  • GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services locations — Friday, December 7
  • Cielo Vista Mall — Wednesday, December 19
  • Sunland Park Mall — Thursday, December 20

Donors also can go to the virtual tree, click the tag of the story that moves you and pay for the gift. The El Paso Community Foundation will ensure that it is delivered. Or print the tag, purchase the gift, wrap it and deliver it, with the tag, to their offices at 333 North Oregon Street on the 2nd Floor.

Office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The deadline to drop off gifts to our office is Monday, December 17.

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Spirit of Giving is sponsored by Cielo Vista Mall/Simon Malls, Sunland Park Mall, GECU/GECU Investment & Trust Services, KTSM 9 and iHeartRadio of El Paso.

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