Folklorico Event To Raise Support For Nonprofit Border Community Development Programs Premier Cultural and Social Event to Honor Area’s Mexican and Spanish Heritage

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Proceeds from Folklorico benefit the work of the Santa Cruz Community Foundation. SCCF provides cross-border community leadership and development, strategic funding and technical assistance to non profit organizations of the region.

Ballet Folklorico Pasco

"This will be an enchanting, bi-national, bi-cultural evening," said Bill Neubauer, President, The Santa Cruz Community Foundation.

The Santa Cruz Community Foundation(SCCF) is hosting its annual Folklórico fundraising event on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 5:30pm to 11:30pm at The Tubac Presidio. Transporting its guest to Santa Cruz River Valley colonial days, the event features a tour of the 1691 Presidio, live music by Nogales, Sonora Municipal Band, performance by Ballet Folklórico Pasco, Sonoran catering by Mono, and an auction to include art and getaways.

“This will be an enchanting, bi-national, bi-cultural evening,” said Bill Neubauer, President, The Santa Cruz Community Foundation. Proceeds from the event support the work of SCCF, which provides cross-border community leadership and development, strategic funding and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations of the region. Folklórico also provides a networking opportunity for business and community leaders from both the US and Mexico side of the border.

Last year’s event raised nearly $40,000 which enabled the Santa Cruz Community Foundation to organize community-development efforts, such as Nogales Community Development, the Santa Fe Ranch, Kino Border Initiative/SEAHEC and a technical assistance program for non-profit organizations. According to Bob Phillips, Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Community Foundation, “These grants and education programs strengthen the Santa Cruz non-profit sector and, therefore, services available to the region. Folklórico is a celebration of our heritage and an investment in our future.”

Ballet Folklórico Pasco was born in 1992 in Nogales, Sonora by a group of students who wanted to represent their cultural heritage through this art form. Ramon Jaime Mendez Bracamontes, the creator, decided to form his own dance company and called it Ballet Folklórico Pasco (Pasco meaning "celebration" in the Yaqui language). The dance company includes 54 dance members and has performed throughout the entire Sonoran region for the past 20 years.

Mono specializes in Mexican delicacies and is also from Nogales, Sonora. Mono has been the culinary choice for many Nogales municipal and political events as well as sophisticated weddings and other fundraisers for the past six years.

The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park preserves the site of the oldest Spanish presidio, or fort, in Arizona. Established in 1752, the Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac was the first European settlement in what later became the state of Arizona. The Tubac Presidio is located at 1 Burruel Street in the historic Village of Tubac. Accessible from I-19, Folklórico attendees should use exit 34 and take the East Frontage Road approximately a ½ mile north to the entrance of Tubac.

Folklórico tickets are $150 per person; $120 is tax-deductible. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Foundation at 520-761-4531. For more information, please contact Andrea Munguia at 520-761-4531.

ABOUT: The Santa Cruz Community Foundation (SCCF) promotes philanthropy and assists with in the creation of a healthier, more productive community for residents of Santa Cruz County and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. SCCF is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, a public organization certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

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