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Plaza Classic Film Festival goes on tour, online for 2020

As the old saying goes, “The show must go on” and to that point, the El Paso Community Foundation’s 13th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival is going on tour and online.

Due the COVID-19 pandemic, the Plaza Classic will be a hybrid festival, with 11 consecutive nights of pop-up drive-in movies at various locations around El Paso, and 5 days of digitally streamed films via the festival’s website.

The outdoor movies will run from July 30 through August 9; while the streamed movies start August 5 and run through the 9th.

To continue the festival’s tradition, the Community Foundation wanted to do something positive for the community, but in a safe way.

“Social distancing measures will be enforced, vehicles will be spaced apart in a checkerboard pattern,” PCFF officials shared. “Patrons are strongly encouraged to stay in their vehicles; they’re welcome to bring their own food and beverages as concessions will not be available at most locations.”

The Plaza Classic Film Festival On Tour opens July 30 with the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine (the sing-along version) at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, followed by two nights at the El Paso Community College’s Valle Verde campus, with Jaws and Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid on July 31, and Smokey and the Bandit and the Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup on August 1.

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds shows August 2, followed by E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial August 3, both at Camp Cohen Water Park (formerly Cohen Stadium).

The tour continues with Jurassic Park August 4 and Selena August 5 at the El Paso County Coliseum; and two nights at The Hospitals of Providence East Campus, where 1956′ Godzilla, King of the Monsters! screens on August 6, and Young Frankenstein shares a bill with Frankenstein on August.

The tour closes with PCFF’s 12th annual showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, on a double bill with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, on August 8, and Casablanca on August 9 at the El Paso International Airport’s newly christened Hangar 7 Studios, located at the intersection of Airport Road and Leigh Fischer Boulevard.

Features on Sundays through Thursdays will be preceded by Laurel and Hardy shorts, Three Stooges shorts, or Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons.

Admission begins at 7:30 p.m. Programs start at 8:30 p.m. Parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Mask-wearing attendants will park vehicles (cars, pickup trucks, vans and SUVs only).

Sound will be broadcast via low-power FM radio. The frequency will be announced on the screen at each show.

Admission is $25 per vehicle for all shows, including double features. Advance tickets go on sale Friday, July 17 online.  Additionally, contactless ticketing will be available at each site, if the show is not sold out.

Portable restrooms will be available at each location.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival Online runs August 5 through 9, via the festival’s website.

It will feature digitally streamed programs, including the Local Flavor filmmaker showcase, documentaries, indie features, and an exclusive screening of Amadeus, with a special guest appearance by Academy Award-winning El Paso High alum F. Murray Abraham.

The schedule will be posted soon on

The festival is made possible by the generous support and cooperation of Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, the El Paso Community College, the El Paso International Airport, El Paso Live, the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department, the El Paso Sports Commission, Paul L. Foster Family Foundation, GECU, Debbi Hester/Realtor and Perry Hester/Realtor, the Hospitals of Providence, In*Situ Architecture, Mills Plaza Properties, the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the Texas Film Commission, TFCU, and Tammy Vasilatos CPA.

TFCU donates $10k to support community during COVID-19 Pandemic

To support the El Paso community during the COVID-19 crisis, Teachers Federal Credit Union (TFCU) has donated funds to the El Paso Community Foundation to support their two impactful initiatives.

“Part of TFCU’s mission is to stimulate personal enrichment and community economic development, therefore, to support the El Paso community we decided to make this donation,” TFCU officials shared.

Donations were made to the El Paso County Medical Society COVID-19 Masks and PPE Fund, as well as Get Shift Done For El Paso.

Currently, outpatient physicians in the Sun City are experiencing a massive shortage in N95 respirator masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such, as gloves, goggles, face shields, and hazmat suits. This protective gear is essential for our health heroes to safely and effectively see, test, diagnose and treat patients.

TFCU has donated a total of $5,000 to help source and purchase this equipment for the El Paso Medical Heroes that are on the front lines during this pandemic.

The El Paso Community Foundation will match donations dollar for dollar to the El Paso County Medical Society COVID-19 Masks and PPE Fund to get these supplies to our outpatient physicians and other healthcare providers in the El Paso County.

The California-based technology platform Shiftsmart and the El Paso Community Foundation have launched a program to hire displaced service industry workers. Through this program, displaced workers can pick up shifts at the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger local food bank by working shifts that pay up to $10 an hour.

Since social distancing measures have taken place, the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger food bank has been experiencing a shortage of help, and needs volunteers and donations.  The goal is to provide 40 shifts daily. The program hopes to grow from there, depending on the availability of donations.

TFCU donated a total of $5,000 which will result in 500 hours of work for local service industry workers that have lost their jobs during this pandemic.

TFCU encourages the community to join in our efforts and continue to keep the El Paso Strong spirit alive during these trying times by supporting these two great initiatives.

Residents wishing to help can visit for more information on where to donate or how to volunteer.

TFCU recognized for Financial Health with “A” Rating, a subsidiary of LendingTree, has released its 2019 analysis of the healthiest credit unions in America.

“It’s an honor to have TFCU recognized for a second time, among the healthiest credit unions in America,” said Max Villaronga, TFCU CEO and President. “Being part of this list shows our commitment to excellence.” evaluates the financial health of more than 10,000 banks and credit unions in the United States once per quarter.

To determine bank ranking and recognition, grades each institution on several factors, including; capitalization, deposit growth, and loan-to-reserve ratios.

“We believe it is important to give consumers a way to evaluate the financial health of their institutions,” said Ken Tumin, founder of “Our list empowers consumers to make informed decisions when selecting a financial institution.”

For an explanation of the financial health analysis and its history, visit their website. To learn more about TFCU, click here to visit their website.

TFCU unveils High School Spirit Debit Cards; Cash donations to be made to each school

On Tuesday, Teachers Federal Credit Union (TFCU) announced its highly anticipated High School Spirit Debit Card Program to the community and education partners at a pep-rally style press conference, with the help of high school mascots, drum lines, and cheerleaders.

The six school districts participating exclusively with TFCU in the High School Spirit Debit Card program are Canutillo ISD, Clint ISD, El Paso ISD, San Elizario ISD, Socorro ISD, and Ysleta ISD, including 33 local area high schools.

“For the first time, the majority of El Paso’s high school mascots shared the stage united in celebrating the new partnership that brings the community closer,” TFCU officials shared.

The TFCU High School Spirit Card is the only card that gives cash back to the local high school of the customer’s choice. The new program allows TFCU account holders the opportunity to customize their TFCU debit card design with one of 33 participating local high school logos.

With every qualifying purchase made using a TFCU High School Spirit Debit Card, TFCU will make a cash donation to the local high school. During the press conference, TFCU surprised attendees by announcing that the credit union would match every qualifying swipe donation to all 33 schools for the first three years.

Donations will be presented to schools twice a year and will benefit different organizations, clubs, and sports teams.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to our community in such an impactful way,” said Alejandro Yu, Vice President of Marketing at TFCU. “Plus, anyone in the community can participate and actively give back to the school of their choice.”

Mr. Yu presented a $1,000 check to all six participating school districts in attendance to immediately benefit from the new TFCU High School Spirit Debit Card program.

List of participating schools in the initial launch include:

    • CLINT HS
    • BOWIE HS
    • EL PASO HS
    • IRVIN HS
    • BEL AIR HS
    • HANKS HS

For more information on the High School Spirit Debit Card Program or to become a TFCU member, visit

Teachers Federal Credit Union continues tradition, awards $10k in scholarships

El Paso’s Teachers Federal Credit Union (TFCU) continued their ten-year tradition and awarded ten talented students with $1,000 scholarships to continue their college education.

“TFCU’s roots have always been tied to education. In 1936, we began as a credit union made by educators, for educators. Our strong commitment to the community and education has remained a priority,” said Alex Yu, TFCU VP of Marketing. “For more than ten years, TFCU has offered student scholarships because access to education is crucial to help our city grow. ”

Applicants shared their GPA, extracurricular activities, and financial needs. For their writing sample, applicants were tasked to write a 500-word narrative on “People helping people” the philosophical foundation of credit unions, and how to apply it in our community.

Student responses varied from creating programs to raise the number of pet adoptions, to suicide prevention presentations.

The TFCU annual scholarship application is available starting in April and recipients are selected in August.

The scholarship was open to all TFCU account holders.

The 2019 TFCU Scholarship Recipients are:

Andre Matthew Frigyes

Second-year UTEP School of Pharmacy student.

Annessa Hernandez

Junior at Schreiner University majoring in Music Education.

Christopher Matthew Allen

Graduate of the Silva Health Magnet School, studying Biology at UTEP.

Damian Santiago Soto

Texas Tech Landscape Architecture major with a 4.0 GPA.

June Urbina

Second-year MBA student & full-time employee at UTEP’s Career Center.

Katherine John

18-year-old Junior who will major in Psychology at UTEP.

Marisa Yanez

Public Relations major with a Theater minor at Texas Tech with a 3.8 GPA.

Paulina Cruz

Studying to become a pediatrician & plans to help low-income children.

Valeria Yanahi Cardona

Clint Early College Academy graduate and 18-year-old UTEP Junior.

Yasmine Olide

Incoming UTEP student from Dallas, majoring in Speech Pathology.

TFCU, Neon Desert present four El Paso non-profits with donations totaling $17k

Four El Paso non-profits – Make-A-Wish Foundation, Books are Gems, Animal Rescue League and the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence – were presented with donation checks from the first TFCU and Neon Desert Music Festival fundraising t-shirt totaling $17,000.

“The TFCU team has been recognized for their generosity to our community, that is why we matched our passion for community service with our new partnership with Neon Desert Music Festival. The festival was a platform for us to spotlight El Paso’s non-profits and help them and our community grow,” said Vice President of Marketing, Alejandro Yu.

Make-A-Wish Foundation received a $10,000 donation, Books are Gems and the Animal Rescue League received $3,000 each, and the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence received $1,000.

Representatives from Make-A-Wish Foundation, Books are Gems, the Animal Rescue League and Center Against Sexual and Family Violence were present to accept the TFCU donation checks from CEO and President, Max Villaronga, as well as members of the TFCU Board.

TFCU, a federal credit union serving El Paso for over 82 years, partnered with Neon Desert for their 9th festival year. TFCU hosted the student ticket sale at three TFCU branches, sponsored the two hydration stations during the event and created a limited-edition Neon Desert Music Festival fundraising t-shirt.

The t-shirt was exclusively for sale at the TFCU booth during the music festival for $15.

The El Paso community voted for the charity that would receive the most significant number of funds by voting on TFCU’s Facebook and Instagram account – @TFCU_ElPaso. The highest voted charity was Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Talented local artist, Christin Apodaca was commissioned by TFCU to fashion a t-shirt design consistent with the festival’s vibrancy. To further showcase the t-shirt design, Apodaca constructed an 8ft x 8ft matching art piece that stood next to the TFCU booth during the event.

TFCU donated $1 for every picture shared on social media with the hashtag, #NeonWithTFCU to the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence.

TFCU Team Donated Over 6k Books to El Paso Children’s Hospital Foundation

What started as an internal book drive hosted by our Teacher’s Federal Credit Union’s (TFCU) Credit Union Young Professionals (CUYP), turned into an inter-department competition to collect the most books.
“Our team has the reputation of going the extra mile when it comes to customer service; it doesn’t surprise me that the TFCU team has the same mindset when it comes to giving back to our community,” said Max Villaronga, CEO and President of TFCU.

He added, “It is our hope that the books donated will allow the children going through a difficult time, to experience the small joy of escaping into their imagination through the power of storytelling.”

TFCU team member, Maria Aldridge, organized a pancake fundraiser in her free time to purchase books. Some of our employees reached out to educators from Bel Air High School and Lee Elementary for gently used books.
Mrs. Berry, a long-standing TFCU member and Sageland Elementary teacher, donated 1,200 books to the cause.

In total, 215 TFCU employees collected 6,690 books for the young patients at El Paso Children’s Hospital and University Medical Center, an average of 31 books per employee.

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