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Memorial celebrates life of Austin alumna killed in August 3rd attack

The life and legacy of an Austin High School alumna killed in the August 3 attack at the Cielo Vista Walmart was celebrated on Thursday during a poignant memorial that united her family with a new generation of Panthers.

Maribel Hernandez-Loya, a 1980 graduate, and her husband Leo Campos died that tragic August day. Her brother reminisced about her life and time at Austin – telling students of the good times they had in the very same gym that hosted the memorial, cheering on their fellow Panthers at pep rallies.

“I want her to be remembered as a beacon of what was happening here at Austin High School in the 1980s – goodness, happiness, no hate,” her brother Albert Hernandez said. “We don’t want her to be remembered by what happened on Aug. 3. We want her to be remembered as a beacon of light, a beacon of peace.”

The memorial was a project led by a group of Austin’s Panther New Tech/Sandra Day O’Connor Public Service Academy students who wanted to do something to honor one of their own.

“We wanted to figure out a way to honor her and celebrate her life,” said senior Dylan Mauldin. “One message we want students to walk away with is that no matter what generation you’re from, what year you graduated, no matter what you do or what your race, culture or religion is, we are one big family. Everyone respects each other here.”

Mauldin and student organizers offered words of hope, often touching on what it means to be a Panther and the culture that is now known as El Paso Strong.

“We know we can’t replace her, but we can support each other, celebrate her life and heal together,” senior Francesca Ramirez told the family before presenting them with flowers and a framed photo of Hernandez-Loya taken during her sophomore year at Austin.

Mariachis, the choir and the jazz band contributed to the uplifting tribute. The Austin High-based Nueva Frontera band perfectly ended the ceremony with a bilingual rendition of the song “We Belong Together,” made famous by Ritchie Valens.

“This represents our community,” said Yvette Shibley, Hernandez-Loya’s daughter.

“Not only are they sharing their love and extending it to my mom even though she had been out of school for a long time, there are also sharing it with her extended family. It’s been very touching. They’ve embraced us and there’s nothing better than that right now.”

But more importantly for Shibley is the legacy of this next generation and the difference they can make by spreading their love and acceptance. She finds that the majority of mass shooting assailants happen to be in the age group just older than the current class of high-school students. For her, the ceremony offered a sign of hope.

“I’m hoping these kids right now are going to take over that generation and take over all the craziness we’ve had in the past few years,” Shibley said. “They are trying to support us but more than anything I want to support them because we are counting on them. This our future.”

Story by Reneé De Santos   |   Photos by Leonel Monroy – EPISD

El Paso OEM, Emergence Health Network launch new ‘El Paso Strong’ Campaign

As the El Paso community continues to heal after the August 3rd shooting, the El Paso Office of Emergency Management, along with Emergence Health Network and other community partners, have launched an informational campaign designed to remind borderland residents that help is available, especially during the holiday season.

“Although it’s been a few months since the shooting rattled our community, we know the healing process will take some time. EHN along with our other community partners want to remind residents that seeking help is one of the first steps towards recovery now and in the months to come,” said Kristi Daugherty, CEO Emergence Health Network.

The 12-month multi-media campaign is designed to let victims, families, first responders and the entire community know that there is support available for those coping with psychological and emotional effects associated with the mass shooting.

This effort includes local members of the community speaking about their feelings of loss and healing; and encouragement for other residents to be El Paso Strong and seek help.

“Our community has been through a lot and the trauma that we suffered that day, whether directly or indirectly is not something that goes way quickly. Some residents may experience triggers, such as the holidays that can be emotionally challenging, “said Jorge Rodriguez, Assistant El Paso Fire Department Chief/Office of Emergency Management. “Not only do we encourage residents to seek help, but to also share these videos on their social media pages. We are El Paso Strong, but together we are stronger.”

The year-long campaign features radio and television spots, along with digital displays and relies heavily on social media to get the message out in our community.

More information on the new program is available on the El Paso Strong website; to view all the videos, click here.

One Fund El Paso approves funding for victims of August 3 mass shooting

On Monday, the One Fund El Paso Task Force announced the final distribution of $11,518,558.30 in donated funds to victims of the August 3, 2019 mass shooting in El Paso.

The National Compassion Fund is handling the distribution of the funds donated after the shooting, which left 22 people dead.

Total donations to One Fund El Paso were $11,833,588.30, with $315,000 being utilized to provide immediate assistance to victims confirmed by law enforcement between August and November.

The remaining $11,518,588.30 is being distributed among approved applicants for funding.

A total of 363 applications, out of 441 received, were approved by the National Compassion Fund for the non-taxable gifts, which were donated by thousands of caring individuals, businesses and organizations from the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez-Las Cruces borderplex, the United States and around the world.

Applications had to meet the requirements outlined in the Final Protocol to receive approval. Denials occurred for several reasons, including, but not limited to, incomplete applications after several contact attempts, not being present, or not having received specified medical services.

Approved applications were received from American and Mexican citizens.

According to the Final Protocol, victims could apply for benefits in one of four categories — death; long-term injury; short-term injury; and psychological trauma.

The identities of the recipients and the amounts that will be allocated in each category will not be revealed in order to protect the privacy and security of victims and their families.

“The significant funds raised is a testament to the strength and generosity of this community,” said Jeffrey R. Dion, Executive Director of the National Compassion Fund, which administered One Fund El Paso. “We are extremely grateful to the community partners who helped survivors submit their applications, and those who validated victims’ presence and treatment to instill confidence in our process.”

“One Fund El Paso, the collaboration between the El Paso Community Foundation and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, has demonstrated the unity that is so characteristic of El Paso,” added One Fund El Paso Coordinator Stephanie Karr, former director of the Center Against Family and Sexual Violence.

“The generosity of donors, compassion of individuals and many acts of kindness have helped alleviate the pain and anguish of our families. I am most proud of the work of the One Fund El Paso Task Force, which did the hard work of navigating how best to distribute the collected funds in a fair and transparent manner.”

Officials also remind the public that on December 19, the United Way of El Paso County and the County of El Paso will open the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center, 6314 Delta Drive. It will offer ongoing programs, services and support to those impacted by the shooting.

Go to elpasounited.org, or call 915-533-2434, ext. 220 for more information.

One Fund El Paso is a single entity by the City of El Paso, the El Paso Community Foundation and Paso del Norte Community Foundation to streamline the process of distributing donated funds to victims of the mass shooting.

One Fund El Paso contracted with the National Compassion Fund and established a task force of representatives of charitable, governmental and nonprofit entities to set policies and provide a recommendation to the One Fund El Paso Board of Directors for the fair distribution of funds in the most transparent manner.

The administrative costs of One Fund El Paso are being paid for by the El Paso Community Foundation and Paso del Norte Community Foundation to ensure that 100% of donated funds went to victims and their families.

WellMed Charitable Foundation presents $575k donation for victims of El Paso tragedy

On Wednesday, officials with WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF) donated over $575,000 to the El Paso Strong fund, set up to help victims of the August 3 Walmart massacre.

WellMed presented the check to City Representative Henry Rivera and Paso del Norte Community Foundation CEO, Tracy Yellen at WellMed’s new location at 615 Zaragoza.

The gift represents the largest donation from one group to Paso del Norte for One Fund El Paso.  Three of the 22 victims killed in the El Paso shooting were WellMed patients.

Soon after the tragedy, the WCF set up the El Paso Strong fund and asked WellMed employees to donate to help victims and families. WellMed matched donations from WellMed employees. Employees in all WellMed markets contributed to the El Paso Strong fund.

Additionally, WellMed founder Dr. George Rapier and his wife Kym pledged $500,000 to the El Paso Strong fund to help victims of the El Paso shooting and their families.

The Paso del Norte Community Foundation established the El Paso Victims Relief Fund in the hours after the shooting to support victims and their families. The PDN Community Foundation is working with One Fund El Paso to distribute the philanthropic resources to victims and families.

The WellMed Charitable Foundation (WCF) is the philanthropic partner of WellMed Medical Management, Inc., a large health care company that specializes in care of older adults, serving more than 600,000 patients in more than a dozen communities in Florida, New Mexico and Texas, including El Paso.

One Fund El Paso application deadline approaching; NCF staff to assist Nov. 1-2

National Compassion Fund staff will be in El Paso November 1-2 to assist with applications for financial assistance from One Fund El Paso in relation to the August 3 mass shooting.

National Compassion Fund staff will assist with applications from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at the El Paso United Community Assistance Center (El Paso County’s Family Youth Services Center) at 6314 Delta.

Email onefundelpaso@nationalcompassionfund.org to request an appointment.

There are four types of applications — death benefits; individual physical injury for victims requiring overnight hospitalization or long-term care; individual physical injury of victims treated at area hospitals on an emergency outpatient basis; and individuals witnessing the attack and its aftermath.

Victims must have been present at the Cielo Vista Walmart, Sam’s Club or their respective parking lots during the attack.

One Fund El Paso is a single entity established by the City of El Paso, the El Paso Community Foundation and the Paso del Norte Community Foundation to streamline the process of distributing donated funds to victims of the August 3 mass shooting.

Those who have registered for assistance may apply at nationalcompassionfund.org. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday, November 8.

The following agencies are offering application assistance through November 8:

EL PASO

Applicants must call or email ahead to set up an appointment at any of these locations.

  • Centro San Vicente Health Center, 8061 Alameda, 915-858-2932

Ask to speak with Outreach and Enrollment Assisters

  • County of El Paso General Assistance, 6314 Delta, 915-775-2726

Contact: Maria Lopez, malopez@epcounty.com

  • El Paso Center for Children, 2200 N. Stevens, 915-565-8361

Contact: Jacqueline Flores, jflores@epccinc.org

  • El Paso Child Guidance Center, 2701 E. Yandell, 915-562-1999, ext. 3000

Contact: Betty Avila, bavila@epcgc.org

  • Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, 1500 Yandell 915-283-4706

Contact: Linda Corchado, lindacorchado@lasamericas.org

  • Project BRAVO, 2000 Texas, 915-562-4100

Email casemanagers@projectbravo.org

  • Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc., 1331 Texas, 915-585-5115

Contact: Gracie Martinez, gmartinez@trla.org

CIUDAD JUAREZ

No appointment necessary.

  • Technology Hub — Edificio GAGA,Ave. Lopez Mateos 924, Col. La Playa, 656-257-0136

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, November 2.

UTEP’s Day of the Dead Altar to honor August 3rd Victims

The University of Texas at El Paso’s C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department will honor the 22 people who died as a result of the mass shooting in El Paso on August 3rd at its Day of the Dead altar.

“This affected so many people,” Claudia Rivers Head of Special Collections said. “We all are still in mourning.”

The department annually erects an altar to celebrate the life or lives of local to international celebrities with a background in the arts or literature who have died within the past year.

This year’s altar will include a collage of the photos of those who died, their names and newspaper clippings of the shooting and its aftermath. The display also will have some text about internet sites where people can get more information about this event.

The display, located on the third floor of the University Library near the stairs, is expected to go up Wednesday, October 30, and stay up for about two weeks.

As always, the altar will include traditional sugar skulls, candles, flowers and “papel picado” (tissue paper cut into decorative designs).

If the public would like to bring in items that relate to the Aug. 3 victims, they may contact Rivers at 915-747-5697 or crivers@utep.edu.

El Paso area Denny’s donates to the El Paso Victims Relief Fund

Throughout the month of August, El Paso area Denny’s accepted in-store donations to benefit the Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s El Paso Victims Relief Fund.

More than $2,400 was raised to help the victims and their families on August 3rd following the tragedy.

“It was important to do our part to help the community come together to support those affected by the tragic event,” said Del Phillips, Regional Manager for the Franchise organization OK Inc.

“Posters were available at all the local Denny’s to have customers donate their change to change lives, which is Denny’s Community Cents program motto.”

Denny’s District Manager Jalil Ashrafzadeh along with other Denny’s managers gathered at one of the Denny’s locations on Wednesday, October 16th to present a check to Paso del Norte Community Foundation’s Vice President of Development, Mica Short.

Bishop Mark Seitz pens pastoral letter ‘Night will be no More’

Following the concluding Celebration of Mass of the Hope Border Institute’s 2019 Teach-In: Jornada por la justicia, Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso, signed and released a pastoral letter on the theme of racism and the El Paso shooting which took place on August 3rd, 2019.

“The pastoral letter, entitled, Night Will Be No More, represents a major statement from the Catholic community on the intersecting issues of race, gun violence, racially motivated attacks on Latinos in the United States and the ongoing militarization of the border,” Diocese of El Paso officials shared.

“It will be the first major statement from the Catholic Church on the theme of racism from the perspective of the border and connects the El Paso shooting to historical racism at the border and the recent resurgence of racism against Latinos in the United States,” officials added.

The signing of the pastoral letter will took place in the presence of hundreds of Latino leaders who were in El Paso for the Jornada por la justicia, including the Latinx Catholic Leadership Coalition, an emerging coalition of faith leaders, theologians and labor leaders recently formed in response to recent events at the border.

To read his complete letter on the Hope Border Institute website, click on the link below.

Night Will Be No More | Pastoral Letter to the People of God in El Paso

Pastoral Letter to the People of God in El Paso: On August 3rd, 2019, El Paso was the scene of a massacre or matanza that left 22 dead, injured dozens and traumatized a binational community. Hate visited our community and Latino blood was spilled in sacrifice to the false god of white supremacy.

Gallery+Story: Rock art project helps send El Paso Strong message

Art can have healing powers. And thanks to a partnership with a local business, students at Tom Lea Elementary School used their creativity to bring them peace following the attacks on our city.

As part of a Social and Emotional Learning lesson, art teacher Christina Sordini gave a river rock to each student at the school to paint in honor of the 22 victims of the August 3 attack at the Cielo Vista Walmart.

Using bright colors and El Paso Proud motifs, the students – and staff, too – painted each of the river rocks with messages of love and pride in their community.

The lesson was made possible thanks to the donation of 740 pounds of river rocks from Jobe Materials, a local company that produces landscaping materials.

The artwork was displayed as a sign of support to El Paso at the front of the school.

Story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos by Tom Lea ES – EPISD

UTEP to host National Runner-Up Texas Tech in #ElPasoStrong charity exhibition Oct. 12

The new-look UTEP men’s basketball team will battle 2019 national runner-up Texas Tech in an exhibition game for a very special cause on Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Don Haskins Center.

All proceeds will be donated to the GECU Foundation in support of the victims of the tragedy in El Paso.

“I’ve got great respect for [Texas Tech coach] Chris Beard,” UTEP coach Rodney Terry said.  “He has done a phenomenal job.  When you go up against his teams, you know that they’re going to be well prepared and defensive minded.  We’re excited about facing one of the best teams in the country.”

The Miners return three of their top four scorers from the 2018-19 squad in sophomore forward Efe Odigie (12.7 ppg/10.1 rpg), and sophomore guards Nigel Hawkins (12.6 ppg/4.5 rpg) and Jordan Lathon (10.9 ppg/5.0 rpg/2.7 apg).

UTEP also introduces a heralded recruiting class that features Division I transfers Kaden Archie (TCU), Souley Boum (San Francisco), Daryl Edwards (LSU), Anthony Tarke (NJIT), Tydus Verhoeven (Duquesne) and Bryson Williams (Fresno State), as well as junior college big man Eric Vila.

Texas Tech is coming off a 31-7 campaign.  The Red Raiders knocked off Northern Kentucky, Buffalo, Michigan, Gonzaga and Michigan State en route to the NCAA Tournament title game, where they dropped an 85-77 overtime decision to Virginia.

Texas Tech has reloaded for the 2019-20 season by adding transfers Chris Clarke (Virginia Tech), T.J. Holyfield (Stephen F. Austin), Joel Ntambwe (UNLV) and a host of talented freshmen.

The Red Raiders also return junior guard Davide Moretti, who averaged 11.5 points with 73 three-pointers a year ago.

“It’s the start of a new season, and there’s always a lot of buzz around a new team,” Terry said.  “We’re excited about our guys, their work ethic and what they’re doing to prepare.  We’re going to bring tremendous effort every night and we need El Paso to get behind us!”

#DefendTheDon Campaign

Fans can win exclusive prizes, including courtside seats to a UTEP men’s basketball game, team autographed basketballs and authentic jerseys, by participating in the #DefendTheDon campaign.

Beginning on Wednesday (Sept. 25), fans are invited to post pictures or video with their tickets to the Texas Tech exhibition on social media.  Fans should tag UTEP Athletics (@UTEPAthletics) and use the hashtag #DefendTheDon in their posts, while encouraging others to purchase tickets to the Texas Tech exhibition and support the Miner men’s basketball team.

Beginning on Thursday (Sept. 26), 17 prizes will be awarded in 17 days. For more information, follow the Miners on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Tickets for the #ElPasoStrong exhibition are just $10 with general admission (first come/first served) seating.  The exhibition game is not part of the 2019-20 UTEP season ticket.  Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at the UTEP Ticket Center, 2901 North Mesa next to the Don Haskins Center and the UTEP Ticket Center East Side location, 1452 Zaragoza Suite A-1500.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234 or online.

Parking for the exhibition game will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and is not reserved.

Digital Memorial to honor victims of August 3 Shooting on Digital Wall

On Tuesday, the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department announced that they created a Digital Memorial to honor the victims of the August 3rd shooting at Walmart on the Digital Wall of the El Paso Museum of History.  

“This digital documentation signifies the importance and accessibility for archiving history that is occurring in this very moment,” said El Paso Museum of History Director Vladimir von Tsurikov. “This memorial will not only provide healing to community members that submit their photographs for the archive but will also serve as a capsule to preserve and record this detrimental time in El Paso history.”

Staff members with the museum of history encourage the community to submit their photos or videos to the digital memorial at www.DIGIE.org.

The submissions can commemorate the lives and legacies of the victims, moments of vigils and memorials, or community events that supported the El Paso Shooting Victims Fund.

The digital memorial can be accessed on the wall by touching the blooming Mexican Gold Poppies that have been added to the El Paso Cityscape. In many cultures, poppies symbolize consolation for a loss or death in the family, remembering the fallen, and resurrection and eternal life.

The Mexican Gold Poppy was chosen for the Digital Wall Memorial because it is native to the El Paso region. In the spring, the poppies blanket the Franklin Mountains.

Photos must be in jpeg, png or gif and no larger than 10 megabytes when submitted. Videos must be no longer than 3 minutes. The files should be a mov, avi or mp4 video and no larger than 50 megabytes.

Residents who have trouble uploading files can email digitalwall@elpasotexas.gov.

The Digital Memorial is currently on view and available for public contribution.

September Streetcar fares waived; City to collect donations for El Paso Strong Memorial

El Paso Streetcar officials announced that starting Tuesday, September 3, the fares for the will be waived in order to encourage ridership. Simultaneously, the City will be collecting donations for the development of a permanent El Paso Strong Memorial.

“Our region is united in the effort to develop a place of healing and support for everyone impacted by the recent horrific act of violence. I’m confident our El Paso Streetcar riders will welcome the El Paso Strong Ride project as an opportunity to support the creation of a memorial of local, regional and national significance that will celebrate life and condemn racism,” said Tracey Jerome, Managing Director of Museum and Cultural Affairs, Libraries and Tourism.

In an effort to encourage people to ride the El Paso Streetcar, the fares will be waived throughout September.  In addition, riders will have the opportunity to donate via the streetcar fare boxes to the El Paso Strong Ride Project, a fundraising effort in support of the development of a permanent memorial to honor the victims and survivors of the domestic terrorism attack on August 3.

The City of El Paso is working with public and private organizations to develop a permanent memorial honoring the victims and survivors of the attack.

The El Paso Streetcar will accept donations of any amount via its fare boxes.

The El Paso Strong Ride project follows a series of summer special events designed to encourage the public to rediscover downtown and uptown by riding the historic streetcars.

The El Paso Streetcar operates Sunday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to midnight, and Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Riders can plan their trips by using an app that provides real-time information on the location of all streetcars in service along the nearly 5-mile route.  The app is free and available from Google Play and the Apple App store.

For more information about the El Paso Streetcar visit the website,  call (915) 212-3333, ‘like’ their Facebook page or follow them Instagram.

Traveling to El Paso to deliver love

Chris Lowe felt a gravitational pull to El Paso as she drove her Fall Forward Across America RV throughout the southern portion of the United States.

The trip, which hopes to instill a desire in people to perform 22 random act of kindness, began on July 26 and took a detour toward the Sun City after the attack on the El Paso Walmart on August 3.

“This RV is about kindness and the energy behind it,” she said. “I felt compelled to come here knowing that this town needed to know there are kind people in the world thinking about them. Everything just brought me here.”

Lowe, a Florida native, chose the number 22 for the acts of kindness even before the attack in El Paso which killed 22 people. The 22 represents the age her son would have been when she began her mission to spread love throughout the country.

Inspired by media reports of two EPISD teachers who asked strangers from throughout the world to show kindness to their students by sending them notes of support via mail,  Lowe drove into Tom Lea Elementary on Friday.

She was joined by Tara Ijai of Love Glasses Revolution, who donated hundreds of heart-shaped sunglasses to students at Tom Lea and Hillside Elementary.

Tom Lea fourth-grade teacher Teresa Garrett had partnered with Hillside Elementary teacher Elvira Flores on the notes of love project, which has continued to draw thousands of letters from across the globe to the school.

Both Lowe and Ijai had already visited Hillside. Lowe challenged students to do random acts of kindness – big or small – and explained how this movement can have a ripple effect throughout the community.

“When you’re kind to other people — no matter what is happening in the world — you can change someone’s life,” Lowe said, echoing the message she shared with the students. “You could change someone’s day or change someone’s thoughts. Just one little kind gesture or comment can really change someone’s whole life.”

Benefactors of her cross-country trek have gotten a full tank of gas, gift cards, coffee, lottery tickets and simple gestures of opening the door, smiling, compliments and kind words. She gave students headbands and wrist bands as reminders of her visit and challenge to do at least one act of kindness a day.

“If you think about what you could do for others, it makes your problems seem less significant,”  said Lowe, who began her journey in her home state of Florida. “The more you do it, the more you inspire others to do it and it becomes a wave of kindness.”

Along her journey through Arizona, she met Ijai who spreads love through her heart-shaped sunglasses. Ijai had only traveled throughout her state of Arizona gifting her sunglasses but felt a call to El Paso knowing the city craved her message.

“We want to show solidarity, love and support for those who need it,” she said, smiling at the sea of students sporting the heart-shaped glasses. “The teachers were asking for postcards but we felt we could do more.”

A few minutes before Lowe arrived, students received their glasses and quickly put them on — a reminder of their kindness and perfect shade from the hot summer sun. Ijai’s husband Adnane Ijai designed all the glasses and created selections in different colors and themes –all shaped in their signature heart frame.

“We are going to consistently rebel against hate and negativity,” Tara Ijai said. “Someone drove hours to deliver hate. We felt the natural antidote was to drive hours to El Paso to deliver love.”

The students gathered for photos showing off their new shades – the tag still hanging from most.

“These are the best glasses in the world,” said fourth-grader Kai. “They’re cool.”

His classmates appreciated the gesture and knowing people care about them and their city.

“I think it’s nice because of what happened in our city,” said Madison Miller, a fourth-grader. “It makes me feel protected in the United States of America. It makes me feel happy. I like the glasses a lot.”

Garrett is grateful for the Ijais and Lowe visit and the response the school has received from throughout the world. She spends hours every night reading and categorizing postcards and messages before sharing with students.

“You can’t put it into words,” she said. “The children are thrilled every single day and they are paying it forward. It’s been such an outpouring of love. Good people are truly still here. They outnumber the bad people and I think we’ve seen that.”

Story by Reneé de Santos   |  Photos by Leonel Monroy  – EPISD

Story in Many Pics: Saturday night’s ‘El Paso Strong’ High School football event

As the region continues to recover from the events of August 3rd, a special event was held at historic R.R. Jones Stadium, on the campus of El Paso High School, Saturday night.

Organized by the Greater El Paso Football Showcase and Prep1, scores of football players from around the area took to the field and grandstands, replete in their respective school colors, to show the city and the world that everyone here is ‘El Paso Strong.’

Our very own Johnny Yturales was there and we bring you his view of the event in this ‘Story in Many Pics’

Panda Cares Foundation donates $104k+ to El Paso Victims Relief Fund

Officials with Panda Cares Foundation – the charitable arm of the restaurant Panda Express – announced the results of their donation drive for the El Paso Shooting Victims’ fund.

Panda Cares has been collecting donations over the past two weeks via the 12 Panda Express stores in El Paso.

In addition to the funds collected, Panda Caress agreed to match up to $100K in benefit of the victims and families affected by the tragic shooting on August 3.

To-date, the Panda Cares Foundation has collected $52,384 from guest donations in the El Paso locations for the #ElPasoStrong campaign, with the Panda Cares matching, the foundation will donate a total of $104,768 to the El Paso Victims Relief Fund.

“At Panda Express, they treat the communities around their stores like family,” Britania Weinstein, a member of Panda’s outreach team, shared via an email. “[and] with giving as one of Panda’s core values they want to do their part to honor the victims and support the families whose loved ones lost their lives or were injured in the shooting.”

For more information about the Panda Cares Foundation, click here.

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