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Progress 321 events this weekend

September 15, 2022
Progress 321 events this weekend

Progress 321 is a membership organization that brings together purpose-driven professionals, local leaders, and progressors through programs and committee work. Join us this weekend for the annual Progress 321 Events. Progress 321 is a supporting organization of the El Paso Community Foundation.

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El Paso Community Foundation receives architecture award. El Paso to host Architecture Conference in October

August 29, 2022
El Paso Community Foundation receives architecture award. El Paso to host Architecture Conference in October

The El Paso Community Foundation received the Cornerstone Award from the Texas Society of Architects (TxA) for our innovative architectural projects in El Paso. In 1986, the Foundation saved the Plaza Theater from demolition and conversion into a parking garage. The success of the restoration assisted in further investment in the area. Consequently, the Roderick Artspace Lofts were developed to provide affordable live/workspace for artists. We also led the international design competition for the new children’s museum. Snohetta was selected for the innovative build, and La Nube: The Shape of Imagination is under construction right now.

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Howdy Homemade is Coming to El Paso and Hiring!

August 23, 2022
Howdy Homemade is Coming to El Paso and Hiring!

Howdy Homemade is impacting lives throughout the communities where shop owners have accepted the mission to create more jobs for people with IDDs through the power of our smiles and amazing ice cream. And we are bringing one to El Paso!

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Art on the Rim returns October 1-31

August 19, 2022
Art on the Rim returns October 1-31

parkeraleman is bringing back ART ON THE RIM October 1 – 31, 2022. This public art exhibit showcases 12 sculptures along Rim Road in El Paso. The works selected for this public art exhibition will be on loan for a period of 30 days and most will be available for sale during that time.

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The Classroom Fund celebrates 2022 Grantees

July 20, 2022
The Classroom Fund celebrates 2022 Grantees

The Classroom Fund, a special project of the El Paso Community Foundation, was happy to host a reception yesterday to celebrate this year’s 50 educator grantees from the El Paso-Las Cruces region. It was great to see the selected educators in person and be able to celebrate them with food, drinks and good times. Requested school materials were also distributed at the reception.

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Marathon Petroleum Announces Grant to Promote Digital Inclusivity

June 16, 2022
Marathon Petroleum Announces Grant to Promote Digital Inclusivity

We are excited to announce that Marathon Petroleum has granted $100,000 to Project Overcome and regional partners to promote digital inclusivity in the 79905 ZIP code.

The grant will support an effort by Project Overcome to provide a wireless, high-bandwidth network to households in 79905, which is considered one of the most poverty-stricken ZIP codes in the country.

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PCFF to show 'Father of the Bride' atop the Plaza Hotel

June 14, 2022
PCFF to show 'Father of the Bride' atop the Plaza Hotel

The spirit of Elizabeth Taylor returns to The Plaza Hotel Pioneer Park for a special screening of Father of the Bride as part of this year’s El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival.

The 1950 classic, which also stars Spencer Tracey, will be shown outdoors at La Perla, the hotel’s 17th floor rooftop bar. The event starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 2.

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Rita Moreno returning to the Plaza Classic Film Festival

June 9, 2022
Rita Moreno returning to the Plaza Classic Film Festival

The legendary Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Rita Moreno is returning to the Plaza Theatre and the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival!

The iconic singer, dancer, and actor will appear with 1952’s* Singin’ in the Rain* at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 28 and Steven Spielberg’s 2021 version of West Side Story at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, both in the Plaza Theatre. PCFF 2022 runs July 28-August 7 in and around the Plaza Theatre.

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Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham to appear at PCFF 2022

June 2, 2022
Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham to appear at PCFF 2022

Academy Award-winning actor and El Paso native F. Murray Abraham will appear at this year’s 15th annual El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Festival. Abraham is a 1958 graduate of El Paso High School who won the Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as the envious composer Antonio Salieri in director Milos Forman’s Amadeus.

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Texas Broadband Listening Tour guides vision of state's first broadband plan

April 12, 2022
Texas Broadband Listening Tour guides vision of state's first broadband plan

Yesterday we participated in Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Texas Broadband Listening Tour on the UTEP campus. This tour will help guide the strategic vision of Texas’ new Broadband Development Office (BDO) by listening to Texans’ insights about internet access and collecting input to develop the state’s first broadband plan.

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Study finds large number of residents, businesses without broadband

April 4, 2022
Study finds large number of residents, businesses without broadband

Nearly half of El Paso County residents and one quarter of El Paso County businesses do not have broadband access, according to a new study commissioned by the El Paso Community Foundation and the County of El Paso.

The El Paso County Broadband Feasibility Study and Market Analysis found that just 56.7% of residents and 72.7% of businesses have broadband internet connections. This is lower than the Federal Communications Commission figure of 96.8%. The eastern portions of the county, particularly the Lower Valley, have the greatest broadband access needs. This lack of access hinders the county’s economic growth.

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Applications now open for the Border Art Residency's Fall Resident

March 31, 2022
Applications now open for the Border Art Residency's Fall Resident

The Border Art Residency is looking for a new resident artist for Fall 2022! If you or anyone you know is interested in being the next Border Art Resident, you can get more info and apply here!

The Border Art Residency offers a selected artist a period of retreat for creative work in a living/studio space in the heart of El Paso, Texas. Resident artists are provided with a fully furnished living/working space, a monthly stipend, and utilities paid.

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Plaza Theater tours will resume on Tuesday, March 8.

March 4, 2022
Plaza Theater tours will resume on Tuesday, March 8.

Free public tours of the historic Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre return at 12 noon, Tuesday, March 8. The tours, which are sponsored by El Paso Live and the El Paso Community Foundation, resume after being on hiatus since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Classroom Fund is now open for applications!

March 3, 2022
The Classroom Fund is now open for applications!

Full-time educators in this region are eligible for resource grants for the 2022-2023 school year from The Classroom Fund! Grants for $1,000 or less will be available. The Classroom Fund will provide requested classroom materials directly to the educators. Applications are due by May 8, 2022.

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The Borderland 100 Club needs your support!

February 2, 2022
The Borderland 100 Club needs your support!

Currently, Borderland 100 Club is reaching out to our El Paso Community to help in supporting the family of one of our own fallen first responders. Texas DPS Special Agent Anthony Salas was killed in an accident near Eagle Pass, Texas while conducting joint tactical operations with the United States Border Patrol’s BORTAC unit.

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In Memoriam - Jack Cardwell

January 27, 2022
In Memoriam - Jack Cardwell

Jack Cardwell

1932-2022

Jack Cardwell was humble. A soft-spoken man, he didn’t seek publicity for his many accomplishments and contributions to the community he loved. He was a successful and charitable businessman. He believed in family, faith and the value of community. He often asked: “What are we doing to help people?”

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The Shape of Imagination is coming to downtown El Paso

January 20, 2022
The Shape of Imagination is coming to downtown El Paso

Yesterday we celebrated a milestone in the construction for the El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center. We held a small Topping Out Ceremony to mark the occasion and raise the highest beam of the structure into place. We are so excited about all the other milestones to come!

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SISD students participate in one-year internship program known as Project Search

January 11, 2022
SISD students participate in one-year internship program known as Project Search

Ten Socorro Independent School District students are participating in a year-long internship program known as Project Search, which assists students with disabilities in their last year of high school to learn employability skills and transition from high school into the workforce. Last year, Project Search was successful in helping 87 percent of the SISD students in the program to obtain employment within the community.

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Help us celebrate GivingTuesday!

November 30, 2021
Help us celebrate GivingTuesday!

GivingTuesday is a global effort to inspire people to collaborate, give, and celebrate generosity. It’s what the El Paso Community Foundation is all about.

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New MOAA scholarship fund honors Sgt. Velton Locklear III

November 11, 2021
New MOAA scholarship fund honors Sgt. Velton Locklear III

The El Paso Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Outreach Foundation wanted to honor Sergeant Locklear and looked for a partner to extend its charitable work in the greater El Paso area. It turned to the El Paso Community Foundation, where it has established a scholarship in Sergeant Locklear’s honor.

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In Memoriam — Ann Blaugrund Marks

October 12, 2021
In Memoriam — Ann Blaugrund Marks

Throughout her life, Ann was kind, generous, and thoughtful toward her community and family. She planted seeds of knowledge and curiosity that will bloom forever through her fund with the El Paso Community Foundation.

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Farewell, Diana Natalicio

September 24, 2021
Farewell, Diana Natalicio

El Paso has lost one of its greats. Diana Natalicio was a community builder, leader, and steward of thousands of young lives throughout her tenure at the University of Texas at El Paso.

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New fund honors fallen officer

August 11, 2021
New fund honors fallen officer

A partnership between Representative Art Fierro, the El Paso Municipal Police Officer’s Association, and the El Paso Community Foundation is raising funds in honor of Officer Angel David Garcia.

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August 3, 2019

August 3, 2020
August 3, 2019

Today, we honor those we lost and those who have suffered from the events of August 3, 2019.

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Coronavirus Fund

March 19, 2020
Coronavirus Fund

Coronavirus is taking a dramatic toll on our families, our friends, and our coworkers. You can help those most in need here.

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El PaSO STRONG

August 10, 2019
El PaSO STRONG

A week has gone by since our city was faced with a horrible tragedy. 22 people have died and 25 are injured. Thank you for your support as we continue to rise as a community and remain #elpasoSOstrong.

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Migrant Families Relief Fund grants $90,000

June 4, 2019
Migrant Families Relief Fund grants $90,000

Migrant Families Relief Fund in partnership with The Prudential Foundation to support a regional migrant services volunteer coordinator position with the United Way of El Paso County and operating support for Annunciation House.

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El Paso's Inaugural Animal Advocacy Day

February 19, 2019
El Paso's Inaugural Animal Advocacy Day

The El Paso Animal Collaborative, an initiative of the El Paso Community Foundation, is partnering with the Texas Humane Legislative Network (THLN) to host the first El Paso Animal Advocacy Day.

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Support the Chihuahuita community through local art

October 10, 2018
Support the Chihuahuita community through local art

El Paso Water commissioned Water Works, a painting by acclaimed local artist Patrick Gabaldón to capture the spirit of the W.E. Robertson Water Treatment Plant in colorful Chihuahuita. Limited edition, signed prints are available for sale to the public. The El Paso Community Foundation will accept payment, and proceeds will go to community improvement projects identified by the Chihuahuita Neighborhood Association.

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EPCF's Plaza Classic Film Festival August 3-13

August 2, 2017
EPCF's Plaza Classic Film Festival August 3-13

For the 10th year, the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival takes the movies to the Plaza, the streets, the parking garage, the library, the museums, and…. you get the picture. This year’s Festival is a “greatest hits” celebration.

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Cultivate Forum - January 19

December 29, 2016
Cultivate Forum - January 19

The El Paso Community Foundation will host a lightning forum on Food Systems and Sustainability January 19, 2017 in the Foundation Room, 303 N. Oregon. The forum begins at 5:30pm. This first gathering of 2017 will feature three speakers and two short films.

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Cultivate: Food Forum October 20

September 29, 2016
Cultivate: Food Forum October 20

Please join us at the El Paso Community Foundation for the next Cultivate Forum on Thursday, October 20th at 5:30 p.m. in the Foundation Room located at 333 N. Oregon Street. The October Cultivate will present one film and three speakers.

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El Paso / Las Cruces -- We're #1!

August 19, 2016
El Paso / Las Cruces -- We're #1!

The Barna Group, an international research and reporting group, has listed the El Paso / Las Cruces DMA (Designated Market Area) as the most charitable in the U.S., based on a 10 year survey of per capita giving to nonprofit organizations.

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TEDxEl Paso is September 10

August 18, 2016
TEDxEl Paso is September 10

The third TEDxEl Paso will be September 10 at the El Paso Museum of Art. TEDxEl Paso is an independently organized TED event, and a project of the El Paso Community Foundation. Since 2013, TEDxEl Paso has featured speakers with regional ties— including Nobel Laureates, Scientists, Urban Thinkers and Planners, and luminaries from the art world.

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Pancho's Song to Help Juarez Charities

June 15, 2016
<i>Pancho's Song</i> to Help Juarez Charities

The El Paso Community Foundation is proud to help publish Pancho’s Song, a young adult book by celebrated children’s author Tom Fremantle. All proceeds from the book will support three charitable organizations in Ciudad Juarez, including Fundacion Comunitaria Frontera Norte, the Community Foundation in our sister city.

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Run Internacional - the US / Mexico 10K

May 3, 2016
Run Internacional - the US / Mexico 10K

The El Paso Community Foundation, in partnership with Ciudad Juarez and the City of El Paso, has made the short list — The International 10K is #5 on Daily Burn’s list of the best 10K races North America and the Carribbean.

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Live Performance by Laura Tate

March 22, 2016
Live Performance by Laura Tate

Thank you to everyone for your support to the Classroom Fund. The concert is SOLD OUT!!!

El Paso Community Foundation Presents a Live Performance by Laura Tate with her L.A. Band and Special guests Teresa James and Terry Wilson

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Jewel Box Series Presents Becoming Dr. Ruth

March 1, 2016
Jewel Box Series Presents Becoming Dr. Ruth

Most people know Dr. Ruth Westheimer as the frank-talking sex therapist who caused a sensation on TV and radio. But they may not know that Karol Ruth Siegel lost her parents in the Holocaust, fled the Nazis, became a sniper, taught psychology and raised two children as a single mother in America.

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El Paso Community Foundation 16th Annual Estate Planning Seminar for Professionals

January 11, 2016
El Paso Community Foundation 16th Annual Estate Planning Seminar for Professionals

Learn about recent developments in Estate Planning with Stanley M. Johanson a James A. Elkins Centennial Chair in Law and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Participants will be advised on legislative updates and will receive credit hours towards MCLE, CPE, and CFP. Seating is limited so register now to attend this seminar.

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Spirit of Giving Returns

November 30, 2015
Spirit of Giving Returns

This is a time of year when just about everyone gets into the Spirit of Giving . Helping people - in a personal way - is a grand gift to us all. Our Spirit of Giving trees represent the stories of those who have to go without during the holiday season, and a small purchase by you can make a big difference in someone’s life.

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Spirit of Giving Tree

December 1, 2014
Spirit of Giving Tree

25 years, more than 50,000 gifts to people in need. Now you can help someone online as well. Thanks to our partners: Simon Malls, KTSM Newschannel 9, and the Fountains at Farah. The Spirit of Giving Trees are a lovely way to be generous. Brought to you by the El Paso Community Foundation.

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Estate Planning Seminar - CE Credits available

January 17, 2014
Estate Planning Seminar - CE Credits available

The El Paso Community Foundation hosts an annual Estate Planning and Ethics Seminar for professional financial advisors each February in The Foundation Room. The next Seminar is scheduled for Friday, February 22, 2015

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Great Gifts to El Paso: Annabel Livermore

January 29, 2013
Great Gifts to El Paso: Annabel Livermore

An El Paso sunset, a vanilla milkshake, and a plate of green cheese enchiladas were all Annabel Livermore needed.

“Never having crossed the Mississippi, I planned to travel west to see for myself the cross streets of Hollywood and Vine,” she said. However, when her Greyhound bus made a stop in El Paso at sundown—and after a hearty plate of green cheese enchiladas and a vanilla milkshake—she was hooked. “Much to my surprise…I found myself utterly captivated by this city, and I do mean utterly and inexplicably…the mountains and desert air must have had something to do with it.”

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Before I Die ...

January 14, 2013
Before I Die ...

The empty lot on the corner of Oregon and Missouri in downtown will soon house a five story, 50+ unit building with an environmentally friendly green roof. But until constructed starts in 2014, works of art from local artists are displayed as well as several giant community chalkboards intended to bring people together by writing their goals down for all to see. The chalk boards read: Before I die I want to … Chalk is available at the boards for passers-by to write with.

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The Classroom Fund

November 14, 2012
The Classroom Fund

Much like kids at Christmas, teachers, librarians and principals all lined up trying to sneak a peek at the mountainous variety of school supplies available for pick up at the Classroom Fund reception held November 14, 2012.

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Mills Plaza Centennial Celebration

August 3, 2012
Mills Plaza Centennial Celebration

The El Paso Community Foundation, together with our friends Paul Foster and Alejandra De la Vega Foster celebrated the Mills Plaza Centennial on August 3, 2012. Paul’s dream of restoring what is now called Mills Plaza Properties is being realized. The much anticipated public open house of the three buildings was held August 3, 2012. The Centre Building, the 11 story Mills Building and the St. Regis Building were full of music, food and great stories of yester years.

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Plaza Classic Film Festival

August 2, 2012
Plaza Classic Film Festival

Now entering its 6th year, the Plaza Classic Film Festival celebrates our rich cinema history in our very own historic movie house. Built during the Great Depression (at a cost of $1 million and originally opened on September 12, 1930) the newly restored Plaza Theatre boasts a unique atmospheric style that makes it feel as if you are sitting in the courtyard of a Spanish hacienda.

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