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2 posts from April 2011


Successful Celebration for La Copa Cesar Chavez

IMG_4256La Luz Center, a modest pair of buildings on Greger Street in Boyes Hot Springs is the venue for Friday health and food services, English classes,counseling and referrals to assist and empower lowincome residents. But on Sunday, March 27, La Luz was jam-packed and in full party mode. A  crowd of well over 200 celebrants came to honor the Copa César Chavez soccer players and the first graduates of La Luz's Tu Corazon, Tu Vida (Your Heart, Your Life) nutrition and cooking class.

Teams of young, fit players and their families feasted on delicious rice, beans, and green salad prepared by the graduating members of Tu Corazon, Tu Vida and BBQ chicken prepared by Brown Baggers Elizabeth Kemp and Sharon Delaney, both La Luz board members. The food disappeared in a flash, as the crowd was easily double in numbers what was expected, according to organizer Mario Castillo. After the meal, the brightly decorated tables were whisked away to make room for party-goers enjoying the music of "Los Diferentes del Ritmo"  a five piece band directed by Laretta Carr playing tropical music on the stage. Ballet folklórico dancers "Quetzalem” in full costume then delighted the crowd with traditional dances and music from Jalisco, Michoacan, and Nayarit.

At the awards ceremony, all the soccer players were recognized for their participation with medals, and trophies were awarded for 1st & 2nd place. EnriqueVineyard Management, first place champions, received their large trophy from Vineyard Worker Services' much loved longtime supporter Elizabeth Kemp, while St Francis Vineyard management was awarded 2nd place. Enterprise Vineyard came in third and Carneros Management was in fourth place.  The Enrique team, all young men from Michoacan, Mexico have been playingtogether for 8 years. While they have often made the finals in their league, this is their first trophy.

"Today we come together to celebrate the life and thelegacy of the great leader César Chavez,” said La Luz organizer Mario Castillo. “Today we also celebrate the first ever César Chavez Soccer Cup and the labors of the many vineyard workers who contribute so much to the economy of our community. We can only award first place to one team, but we are all winners because we are all here celebrating our common heritage together.”

Recent graduates of Tu Corazón, Tu Vida were recognized, upcoming classes were announced, and plans are already being made for next year’s tournament and party—next time with abundant food!


NASCAR and Indy Races to Benefit La Luz!


Infineon Raceway’s Fund-Racing program gives local non-profits the opportunity to raise money by selling discounted tickets to some of the biggest races of the year.  When you buy your ticketsfor the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, half of your ticket price will benefit La Luz!


Tickets are $20 each and available for two races:


NASCAR Saturday June 25th, 2011

Tickets will be issued on a General Admission basis and exchanged for assigned seats upon entry to the Raceway.

Indy Sunday August 28th, 2011

General Admission: All of Turn 7, and First 15 rows of Turn 9


For just $20, you can enjoy all the fun of a NASCAR or Indy race at Infineon Raceway!  Hardcore fans, these ticket prices are a steal.  For those of you who wouldn’t describe yourself as a NASCAR or Indy fan, the energy, excitement, and liveliness of these events ensure that your whole family will delight in the spectacle.

For each ticket sold, La Luz earns $10 to fund our programs that help create a healthy, happy community.  La Luz Center is a family resource center devoted to addressing the ever-changing needs of the Sonoma Valley. Our mission is to empower our community through education, leadership, and self-advocacy. We help clients realize their full potential, drawing upon our community's wealth of knowledge, skills, and tradition in the process.  La Luz provides English language training, teaches computer skills, distributes food, hosts medical services, offers crisis counseling, and supports events that celebrate the richness of our multicultural community.

There are two ways to get your tickets.  The first is to stop by or call our office and purchase your tickets in person.  We accept cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard.  You can also purchase tickets with a credit card online by going to clicking here or by visiting www.infineonraceway.com/tickets/fundracing/ and clicking on “La Luz Center.”  For more information, or for help purchasing tickets, contact Rosie at La Luz Center at (707) 938-5131 or rsm.laluz@gmail.com.

Thanks for your support, and enjoy the races!