50/50 Draw a Success – Bill Foster Wins!!

The recent 50/50 Draw at the Super Bowl Party can be called a success. Over 100 people bought tickets creating a pot of exactly $8000 pesos. The lucky winning ticket was selected by Los Delfines head waiter, Gabriel and belonged to La Jolla patio home owner Bill Foster. Perhaps ennervated by the impending Green Bay Packer win, Bill generously donated his winnings to the Friends of Barron general fund. This will enable the foundation to continue its scholarship program which helps send 13 Barron youth to high school in Mazatlan as well as helping to complete the secondary school computer lab. Thank you Bill Foster and all of you who bought tickets.

Fall Progress Report

Scholarship Program
With the recent generous donation of $9600 pesos by Sonny Wong, we have now raised almost $97,000 pesos towards our goal of $150,000 pesos to fund the 2010-2011 scholarship program to send 15 Barron students to preparatory school in Mazatlan. Thanks so much for your generosity.

Each of 15 student parents received scholarship payments of $2,000 pesos in August and October of 2010. Parents are required to present grades and proof of attendance for their students before payments are made. The next payments will be distributed 15 Jan 2011.

Computer Classroom
Friends of Barron donated nearly $24,000 pesos toward construction of a new computer classroom at the secondary school. The total budget for this project is estimated to be around $250,000 pesos. The Barron community (including the FOB contribution) and the Mexican Government match amounted to about $100,000 pesos in funding for this project for 2010. The money was used to complete foundations and walls for the new classroom. Fundraising will continue for this project in 2011.

The library, located in the Barron primary school, opened to the public in March, 2010. FOB funded a 6 month position for a librarian to maintain a regular schedule to keep the library open outside of school hours. In December, we will review the usage and public interest in the library.

$87,000 Pesos Raised So Far

Friends of Barron thanks Keith Prosser and Bob & Julie Wallace for their recent contributions to the Barron Preparatory School Scholarship Program. This annual program to send 15 of Barron’s best students to high school in Mazatlan has raised $87,000 pesos against its $150,000 peso goal so far. The first increment of $30,000 pesos will be paid out on August 15, 2010 to the 15 winning students in time for their parents to meet expenses associated with the beginning of the school year at the end of August.

$80,000 pesos (MX) Raised So Far

The Barron Preparatory School Scholarship Program would like to thank John Watson. Marty & Cathie Sattler, Dale & Lynda Lyster, Dave & Lindy Marvin, the Drury University Golf Team and Dick & Kris McGuire for their generous commitment of $800 USD each to adopt a student and support his/her Preparatory School Scholarship for the 2010-2011 school year. Thus far, this $150,000 peso (MX) program to provide scholarships for 15 Barron students has raised $80,000 pesos (MX). Thank you so much for your generous support!

Thanks Again to Dave & Elaine Greiner

Yesterday, Dave and Elaine Greiner from Estrella del Mar Phase Two toured the Barron Schools. They had a very large bag of school supplies to deliver to the elementary school and the kindergarten. They brought crayons, paper pads, scissors and lots of other stuff that will surely stimulate the budding artists of Barron. At the end of the day, Dave and Elaine also donated $2000 pesos to the ongoing school projects. Dave and Elaine have been Friends of Barrons’ biggest supporters and we really appreciate their continued support.

Thank You!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!

Many thanks to all who donated to the auction and participated in the Friends of Barron Fiesta and Fundraiser held at EDM La Lagunita Condo Complex on March 3, 2010.

Proceeds from the auction were $3636 USD and proceeds from the Fiesta ticket sales after expenses were $833 USD. The event also encouraged some who could not attend to donate; Thank you very much Sam Perricone – $250 USD and Tom &; Linda Turner – $250 USD.

Total proceeds from this event = $4969 USD

The money will be put to good use in support of current projects for the three schools in Barron. To see the 2010 Project List, just click on the link to the right, “2010 Wish List”.

Fiesta Gala a Huge Success

The Fiesta Gala fundraising event has been a huge success. Over 90 people purchased tickets and over $3000 USD worth of wonderful auction items were donated. Even if you were not able to attend in person, all you had to do was go to http://www.laslagunitas.wordpress.com/ and participate in the Silent Auction. Just click on the Fiesta Gala tab and scroll down to the bottom of that page.

Thank you for your generosity.

50/50 Fundraiser Raises $9500 Pesos

The winners of the 50/50 Draw are Don and Barbara VanSickle and Robin and Peggy Roher of Stone Island. Their share of the $19,000 peso Barron School Fundraiser is $9,500. Congratulations. Barron only needs to raise another $12,000 by March 15 to meet its goal of a classroom for their computers. Think of how happy those kids will be when they can actually use those computers.

…… Thank You!!! Thank You!!! Thank You!!!

Big Winners!!! Dave and Elaine Greinier in Phase II have very generously donated 40,000 pesos – their winnings from the Estrella del Mar Golf Tournament! The two golfers, along with their six friends – Kelly Dunn, Bob Blanscett, John and Katerine Portz, Aaron Bunker and Tom Newton agreed before the tournament that whatever winnings the group had at the tournament would be combined and given to the Friends of Barron Library Project. Their total winnings equaled 40,000 pesos (Dave won closest to the hole). This fabulous gift will help us purchase windows, a door and the electrical wiring for the elementary/community library.

Thank you to Tim, Nancy, Brent and William Muzyka from Phase III for their donation of 12,000 pesos which allowed us to fix the roof and walls in the library.

Kids in SchoolThank you to Christina, daughter of Jim and Frances Barnes, Phase I) for her donation of school supplies to the Kindergarten.

(From left to right, Barnes
Jim Barnes,
Kindergarten Principal,
Christina and Ana Luis, our parent interpreter.)

Christina’s son enjoyed spending time in the Kindergarten class.

A special thank you to Dick McGuire, Phase I, for his major contribution as a Spanish/English interpreter and his generous financial support.