Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is so grateful for the
community support shown last week at the Huerfano Soup event at the La Veta
Mercantile. Emile Dubia from the
Mercantile and Annalee Hickey from Bachman and Associates have done so much to
promote non-profits; one of the results of this effort is the Soup event. They invite three non-profits to a monthly
event to present their efforts to community members. That makes it sound so dry, but it is a
lively event with wonderful cauldrons of soup provided and everyone chips in $5
and brings a side dish for sharing. In
return they get a ballot to choose the worthiest non-profit of the evening and
that agency receives all the donations.
Even though we were not chosen as the “most worthy” winner,
(the cycling group was the winner), they only “beat” us by one vote!!!! Their project was worthy as they were using
their donated funds to not only continue their cycling education for local
kids, but to also purchase bicycle helmets for all our young cyclists. How could we not be pleased for their
And we certainly were not losers in any sense of the
word. Not only were we able to get the
word out about a great new project we are working on to a great group of
people, but even had several kind donations after the voting to help further
our work. Thank you to everyone who was
I have no excuses for my negligence in keeping posts current for Huajatolla Heritage Foundation. Sometimes the only thing I am Queen of is procrastination!
There are always good things happening behind the scenes with our fledgling non-profit. We sponsored a most successful Traditions Winter Market on December 7th. We were fortunate to participate in the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance on December 12th and had our work validated monetarily through donations of community members that believe in our mission of honoring cultural diversity in our area through art, education and presentation. We are so grateful to have others recognize the value of our work.
We are working on planning our 4th Huajatolla Heritage Festival. It will be June 6th and 7th and again held on the grounds of Francisco Fort Museum. We are fortunate that Shelly Morningsong and Fabian Fontanelle will be returning as our featured guests. Shelly was named the Native American Music Performer of the Year (as well as winning in two other categories). That will come as no surprise to any that got to meet Shelly and Fabian and see their performances. Not only are they world class performers, they also are two of the nicest, most sincere individuals I have ever met. In addition to appearing both days at the Festival, they will also be offering a concert to support our work Saturday evening, June 6th at the Mercantile. They put on performances around the world. We are so lucky they love La Veta!
We are also working on our children’s art programs to promote cultural literacy. This is an important part of the work we do. The last two summers we offered a once a week program over a 10-week span. We also offered a limited version of the program during the school year in Walsenburg through the Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth. We will be expanding our efforts in Walsenburg. It is our feeling there can be much understanding and healing achieved through creativity and we want to facilitate those opportunities!
Asking for support for our art programs, we will be one of the three non-profits vying for funding at of the Huerfano Soup project on February 6th at the La Veta Mercantile. Please consider attending. It is a fun event and a great way to learn about good work going on in our communities. Stay warm and safe in this blustery start