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4 Reasons Fall Fiesta Totally ROCKED

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Fall Fiesta rocked (3)

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.

Like I said, Guatemalan scarves and fake fruit really brings people together...

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).

Bob Herzog emcee

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 Fiestaand 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.

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What was your favorite part of Fall Fiesta this year?

The adventures of Juan and Maria

Monday, October 6th, 2014

No, we’re not talking about the title of a new storybook for CORP. We’re talking about the many adventures of siblings Juan and Maria Tacaxoy! They traveled all the way from Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala to the United States to speak at Fall Fiesta, and have had quite the whirlwind tour of the US in the weeks leading up to the big event.

They have absolutely L-O-V-E-D spending time with their various host families, and have been able to experience so many new things during their stay.

Be sure to join us for Fall Fiesta on October 18th to hear from Juan and Maria yourself! They can’t wait to see you.

Without further ado, we present the adventures of Juan and Maria:

Juan and Maria flew to Aspen, CO to speak to multiple Rotary clubs about how they can help students in Guatemala. Maria was surprised by a cocktail hour before one big event, saying, “I thought this sort of thing only happened in movies!” In their free time, they got to enjoy the gorgeous Aspen landscape by hiking and getting to see the leaves changes colors for the very first time in their lives!


Not a bad view…


Hiking with Holly End, CoEd’s development director, and Tom Clark, an Aspen Rotarian and incredibly gracious host!

Next, Juan and Maria headed back to Cincinnati to spend some quality time with their dear friends Joe and Rebecca Berninger. This was the first time in ten years that Rebecca and Maria had seen each other. Things have certainly come full circle from that fateful day so many years ago when Rebecca and Maria met for the first time and Maria’s life was changed by the generosity of a stranger. They packed in a lot of activities, including trips to the Cincinnati Zoo, the Indy Children’s Museum, Fountain Square, and Oktoberfest! (more…)

5 Reasons to Buy Your Fall Fiesta Ticket RIGHT NOW

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

reasons to attend Fall Fiesta

Ahh, fall. That magical time of year when the leaves turn brilliant shades of orange, red, and burnt sienna (yeah, I had the expansion pack of Crayola crayons as a child), and everyone agrees that pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING is like sooooo delicious.  But that’s not all autumn has to offer. It’s also time for Cincinnati’s favorite party of the year: Fall Fiesta. Here are five reasons you need to buy your ticket to this fun-filled event RIGHT NOW.

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Bob Herzog is our emcee extraordinaire for the evening. Of Channel 12 “Dance Party Friday” fame, Bob is the most hilarious news anchor you’re likely to ever meet, and he’s all ours for the evening of October 18th! Check out his song parody from the movie “Frozen”. You won’t be sorry.


We have an astounding array of great live auction packages this year, including two tickets to the 2015 MLB All Star Game and Home Run Derby held right here in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is not a typo. You will actually have the chance to bid on these incredibly difficult to procure tickets. Click here to view the entire list of live auction items.

If you attend this game, you're pretty much guaranteed to become best friends with Todd Frazier. It's a fact. Photo courtesy of

If you attend this game, you’re pretty much guaranteed to become best friends with Todd Frazier. It’s a fact. Photo courtesy of



VIP Fall Fiesta Guests (besides you, of course)

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

In June, we announced the date of Fall Fiesta 2014: A Stroll through the Markets of Guatemala (Saturday, October 18, 2014, in case you need a refresher). Get ready for Big Announcement Part Deux…

Two VIPs will be attending Fall Fiesta to share their special story with YOU.

Juan and Maria Tacaxoy

Juan and Maria Tacaxoy want to meet you at Fall Fiesta!

Some of you have met the Tacaxoy family. Many of you have heard of them. All of you now have the chance to meet Maria and Juan Tacaxoy at Fall Fiesta. That’s right; this sibling duo is traveling all the way from Guatemala to Cincinnati to meet you.

Maria Tacaxoy (6)

Here’s little Maria when we first met her over a decade ago.

Maria Tacaxoy is the oldest of four children. We met when a group of volunteers spent the morning at her elementary school on the shores of Lake Atitlan in Santiago Atitlan. Maria was on the verge of dropping out of school when she met Joe and Rebecca Berninger (you may have heard of  them…) when they visited her school in Santiago Atitlan. Fortuitously, bright, young Maria was accepted into CoEd’s Scholarship & Youth Development program so she could continue her education! (more…)