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Golf Tournament to Benefit Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation

Mesilla Valley Transportation will host its 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at Red Hawk Golf Club in Las Cruces. MVT has selected the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation as the beneficiary of this year’s tournament. The funding will go directly into mini-grants which will be awarded to teachers throughout the district for classroom supplies.

Each year Mesilla Valley Transportation selects a different charity to help accomplish its goals that would have otherwise lacked the financial support needed. In the tournament’s second year, Royal Jones, CEO and President of Mesilla Valley Transportation, decided the tournament would select a different local charity each year as a way to make a difference in the Las Cruces community. Mesilla Valley Transportation has generously hosted tournaments to benefit charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project and the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope. Last year, the 3rd Annual MVT Golf Tournament raised $46,000, which was donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region.

“Las Cruces Public Schools touches everyone in the community and helping teachers who help our kids is important,” said Cassidy Edmonds, Marketing Coordinator for MVT. “We are excited that we are working with the LCPS Foundation, and happy to know that an endowment for teachers will be created, which will continue to support teachers in the community.”

Currently, 69 teams are registered to play in the tournament. Registration will be held at 7 a.m. on Friday morning for a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. Registration for the afternoon round will begin at 1:00 p.m., ahead of a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.

Tickets for the Mesilla Valley Transportation fundraiser are being sold for $2.00 each at MVT, 3590 W. Picacho Ave. Tickets can be purchased between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Wednesday September 26. Prizes include $300 cash, $750 of merchandise credit at Red Hawk Pro Golf Shop and $1,000 in credit at Discount Tire Company. Winners will be selected at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, following the tournament. All winners will be contacted by phone.


For information about the tournament, contact Cassidy Edmonds at 505-231-7303 or To donate or for information about the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation, contact Executive Director Betsy Geery at 575-527-5888 or

Organ Mountain Outfitters Launches Endowment for School Lunches

Organ Mountain Outfitters owner Chris Lang addresses the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education during a meeting on August 7, 2018. The company as created an endowed fund through the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation to help provide school meals for students in need in perpetuity.

Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation recently announced the creation of the Organ Mountain Outfitters Endowment Fund, which will be used to help provide school lunches for children in need. The announcement was made at a school board meeting in August, where Organ Mountain Outfitters owner Chris Lang presented a $10,000 check from the company.

Organ Mountain Outfitters, a clothing company founded in Las Cruces, donates $2 from every shirt and three percent of the company’s gross sales to provide lunches to students in Las Cruces Public Schools. After making several individual donations, Lang decided to work with the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation to create the endowment, which will fund the program in perpetuity.

Back row (L-R): Las Cruces Public Schools Board Member Ray Jaramillo, Board Vice-President Terrie Dallman, LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing, Board President Ed Frank; Front row (L-R): LCPS Foundation President Michael Morehead, LCPS Community Outreach Liaison Brigitte Zigelhofer, Organ Mountain Outfitters owner Chris Lang, LCPS Board Member Maria Flores, LCPS Board Secretary Maury Castro.

“Organ Mountain Outfitters is proud to create this endowment that will continue to provide Las Cruces children with school lunches forever,” Lang said. “We’re very thankful to our community for their overwhelming support, which has given us the opportunity to employ several LCPS and New Mexico State University students. Las Cruces has really embraced us in a way that will help create a lasting legacy well into the future.”

The program is geared toward students who qualify for reduced meal costs and to help parents who may be experiencing a hardship. To date, the company has contributed $35,000, which equates to 90,000 meals for the students of Las Cruces Public Schools. Future contributions will go directly into the endowment fund, the interest from which will be used to ensure the program can carry on forever.

“The creation of this endowment provides a long-term solution to a longstanding problem that all districts experience,” said Michael Morehead, president of the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation. “Families often struggle to pay for their children’s meals at school. This is an important first step to helping families across the district, while seeing that the school district is adequately compensated for these meals.”

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811,

Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation launches monthly lottery for supplies

The Las Cruces Public Schools administration building is seen at 505 S. Main St., Las Cruces.(Photo: Diana Alba Soular)

LAS CRUCES – Public school teachers across the United States spent an average of $479 of their own money on classroom supplies in the 2014-15 school year, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Department of Education.

Earlier this month, the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation, a non-profit organization raising private and public funds to support district schools, began a new program to help some teachers defray those costs.

On Sept. 11, the foundation held the first planned monthly drawing, awarding $100 “mini-grants” to teachers. The funds for the grants were provided by sponsoring organizations consisting of the foundation itself, the Virginia Brilliant Endowment, the Las Cruces Public Schools Board of Education, the Mesilla Valley Transportation Endowment, the Jimmy Mendoza Fund and the Parkhill, Smith and Cooper Grant, as well as members of the Las Cruces Public Schools top administration.

A total of 38 teachers were selected randomly in the board room at the Las Cruces Public Schools Administration building that afternoon, the names of teachers who had applied for the mini-grants drawn from a metal drum spun by hand.

Applications to be included in the drawing were open to all LCPS teachers.

As far as high school rivalry is concerned, the wheel of fortune appeared to favor Centennial High School the most, with four of its teachers winning $100 mini-grants in September. Las Cruces, Mayfield, and Oñate all saw two of their teachers selected, while Arrowhead Early College had one and the two remaining high schools had no winners.

The foundation plans a monthly drawing through the school year, with approximately 19 teachers being awarded $100 apiece.

Algernon D’Ammassa can be reached at 575-541-5451, or @AlgernonActor on Twitter.

Four teachers at Centennial High School, seen here on September 19, 2018, were winners of the inaugural monthly drawing of mini-grants for classroom supplies in September. (Photo: Josh Bachman/Sun-News, )