“It was just like a wedding. You look out and you see all these people who you love and who have meant so much to you over the years.” —Joe Berninger
It really was a special experience to dedicate the new education center with so many of you last month. Per the norm, Joe found the exact words to express what we are all feeling. Twice now we’ve gotten to celebrate the opening of our new Education Center with the folks who’ve made it possible for such a space to become a reality: the building’s benefactors, new friends and long-time supporters, Rotarians from the US, Canada, Guatemala, and the Cayman Islands, local business leaders and government officials, teachers, principals and students who make the work of education a reality every day, and even Jeff and Joe’s mom! Whew! Did we cover everyone? What a joy it wasto celebrate the accomplishments of the last twenty years with you.(more…)
Are you excited for 2017 with Guatemalan students yet!? 2015 was #Awesomeyear, 2016 was even better, and 2017 is gonna be the best yet. Take a peek at what lies in store for you, CoEd supporters:
Inaugurating our new Education Center, which will consolidate our staff offices in the very heart of the country, helping us be a more together, more efficient poverty-busting team! (We also got some cool bonus features like solar panels and teacher-training rooms.)
Guys, this rocks. No really, it’s a blog post about rocks! Well, kinda…
Victor Morales in front of his jewelry gallery, MAYA
We are so happy to announce a new partnership with Victor Morales, owner of the jewelry gallery known as MAYA. Victor recently moved MAYA to Cincinnati after many successful years in Boston working with handmade jewelry by Native American, Mayan, and Mexican artists. Now he’s decided to donate a portion of his proceeds to CoEd! During the month of November a portion of all sales at MAYA will be set aside for CoEd—with the goal of raising $10,000 for children in Guatemala! The gallery is located on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton, right across from the Esquire Theatre. So stop by MAYA (or shop online) and take a look at the unique pieces offered there. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy a special holiday gift that will also help students in need!
Well folks, that’s a wrap on another Fall Fiesta! We are beyond grateful and honored to have shared the night with so many wonderfully generous supporters (some of whom even flew in from across the country!).
In case you were in the most unfortunate position of missing out on this year’s Fall Fiesta, let us break down the magical evening for you…
What a space! Great American Ball Park had the most gorgeous view of the riverfront, and really helped elevate the ambiance to the next level.
LOS ANGELES, CA — Critically acclaimed rock band The National is taking on an international challenge: educating girls in Guatemala. On October 16, 2015, The National will perform at the legendary and intimate Troubadour nightclub in West Hollywood, California. The National, who have headlined major venues around the world including Barclay’s Center, London’s O2 Arena and Sydney’s Opera House, will play the 500-capacity room with proceeds supporting Guatemalan nonprofit Cooperative for Education’s efforts to improve the education of girls in Guatemala. Tickets go on sale August 21st at 10 am PDT.
Update: Tickets sold out.
Lead singer Matt Berninger is teaming up with his cousins Joe and Jeff Berninger, co-founders of the nonprofit Cooperative for Education (CoEd), to launch a major program expansion called the Thousand Girls Initiative.
“Almost twenty years ago my cousins Joe and Jeff Berninger quit their corporate jobs and started this non-profit. CoEd has already reached more than 150,000 kids with textbooks and computers, and now they’re taking on girls’ education. I’m excited to join the effort to keep 1,000 girls from dropping out of school, which is so common in Guatemala,” stated The National’s Matt Berninger. “I’m really proud to be a part of this amazing organization.”(more…)
Escape reality for one whole week in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, an exotic town bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. We can already smell the sharp salt breeze, feel the warm sand between our toes and the hot sun beaming across our faces, hear the ocean roaring through our ears, taste the coconut water and tangy pineapple drinks… sorry, where were we? Right, back to business…
What is included in this magical dreamland vacation, you ask? Here are the deets:
One-week stay in a vacation condo in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Two bedrooms, sleeps up to six guests
Condo complex includes two pools and 24-hour security and sits on top of a hill with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean
Beach, tennis, golf and restaurants within minutes of the condo
$500 travel voucher
Vacation must be redeemed before November 14, 2016
Don’t take our word that this is going to be an amazing trip. Take the word of the couple who won this exact trip last year. They say, “Aguadilla was such a deeply relaxing place. The ocean view from the balcony was beautiful and the accommodations were excellent! Did I mention the infinity pool that faces the Atlantic Ocean… and the beautiful white, sandy beaches galore?”
Just when you thought Fall Fiesta couldn’t get any better, we’ve gone and amped up the fun factor another hundred notches. We’ve got some major changes in store for you that will make this Fall Fiesta more entertaining than ever before (no, that is not an exaggeration. It will be better than the very best day of your life. Better than the day your first child was born. Better than the day you learned how to dream. Better than the day your ragtag ice hockey team defied the odds and beat Russia in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Better than… okay, you get the point. It’s going to be a great event).
You are NOT going to want to miss this one, folks, and here’s why (drum roll, please):
1. Piñata Raffle: Piñatas. At. Fall. Fiesta. Need we say more? We will anyway: You will have the chance to bid on and hit piñatas at Fall Fiesta. Yes, HIT piñatas! Take out all of your pent-up aggression on some papier-mâché monstrosities and win awesome prizes at the same time. That’s what we in the biz call a “win-win”. (more…)
The bid paddles have been packed. The auction items have been distributed. The numbers have been crunched.
Let’s count down the top four reasons that this year’s Fall Fiesta totally ROCKED, shall we?
4. Yummy Food! From the bacon-wrapped scallops to the fajita bar to the Bavarian-style pretzel sticks handed out at check-out, we ate well, and we ate often.
3. Framester! You know what’s better than taking pictures? Taking pictures with Guatemalan scarves, plastic fruit and fake mustaches. Framester brought a great new element to the event this year, documenting our fun-loving supporters and their super stellar smiles.
Guatemalan scarves and fake fruit really bring people together…
2. Bob Herzog! In three words–He killed it. Entertaining, friendly, jocular, awesome, did we mention entertaining, Bob Herzog brought new energy to the auction by keeping things up tempo and fun. Bob, if you’re reading this, is it too soon to say we love you? Because we do (we can’t help it; the heart wants what the heart wants).
1. Another record breaking total! So, about those numbers being crunched… No big deal or anything, but we had another record-setting event, bringing in $155,000. That’s right–ONE. FIVE. FIVE.
Whoa. That is the most money we have ever raised at Fall Fiesta, and it is all thanks to your generosity. We are speechless. Luckily, our keynote speakers for the night, Juan and Maria Tacaxoy, are not, so we will let them thank you in their own words:
We are truly grateful to each and every one of you for making Fall Fiesta so special. Thank you a thousand times over. We are honored to call you part of the CoEd family. $155,000 is going to help us continue our mission of breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. And that, my friends, definitely rocks.
Fall Fiesta Survey: If you attended Fall Fiesta this year, please help us out by filling out this two-minute survey by November 1, 2014. To thank you for your time, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a ticket to next year’s event.
What was your favorite part of Fall Fiesta this year?