5th Annual

August 7, 2008

March 2008


Enroll today and sponsor an individual child for only $50 per month. Sponsoring a child will help to ensure their basic costs are covered each month; including food, clothing, basic medical attention and education costs.

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Money, Money, Money
Written By
an FOEF Child Sponsor

$50 a month. $600 a year. Ah…there are so many great things I can do with that amount of money. I could buy a Nintendo Wii complete with all of the accessories and even a few extra games. I could invest in a pair Christian Louboutin red-soled stilettos. I could even buy four bottles of my favorite wine each month for the next year! Like I said, there are just so many options…one more fabulous than the last.

Alas, I’ve decided to put that money towards a child sponsorship for Friends of El Faro. A child sponsorship surely won’t garner jealous glares from the ladies in the mall the way those Louboutin’s would. And, it certainly won’t make for a fun-filled Friday night the way the Wii preceded by a couple of glasses of wine would but it will give me a “different” sense of fulfillment.

I choose to look at my commitment as a child sponsor the same way I view my contributions to my retirement plan. It’s one of those things that I barely notice at the moment but it sure does feel good in the long run. I’d regret turning 60 years-old and not having that savings account waiting for me almost as much as I’d regret looking back on my years on this earth and knowing that I never contributed just a little bit of my hard-earned money towards saving a child’s life. But, that’s me.

When I look at my bank statement and I see how I went a little overboard at Nordstrom one week or how I over-indulged at that five star restaurant another, I always feel a sting of regret. On the contrary, never once have I seen my child sponsorship line item and thought, “Man, there are so many better things I could’ve done with that money!” That’s affirmation enough that I want to renew my child sponsorship again this year.

It’s that moment combined with the times that I visit Casa Hogar Sion and see the kids studying their lesson plans in the school books that I helped pay for. Or, teaching them how to tie their shoelaces on shoes that actually fit! The best though, is watching them take pleasure in eating a nutritious and wholesome meal three times a day. By the way, I hear growling stomachs far more infrequently now that we have 34 child sponsors committed to the cause. I can’t wait for the day when that grumbling sound is a distant memory.

What’s the lesson here? It’s not to deprive myself of the shopping sprees or fine dining experiences I so cherish in order to give more money to charity. One most certainly does not have to replace the other. On the contrary, I can continue to do both…but maybe I’ll consider trading in the Louboutin’s in for a pair of Kenneth Cole’s instead this year. That shouldn’t be TOO big a sacrifice!

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Save the Date! The 5th Annual Friends of El Faro fundraiser will once again benefit the children of Tijuana’s Casa Hogar Sion (El Faro II) orphanage – providing food and shelter for more than 125 children every day!

Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Locale: Boulevard 3 (
Entertainment: An array of surprise acoustic guests and old favorites

In the past years, celebrity guests have included: Molly Sims, Andy Garcia, Ben Stiller, Rosa Blasi, Sharon Lawrence, Josh Duhamel, Sheryl Crow and many more! You can expect a host of celebrities, along with old friends and family as we help move our cause forward for another year.

For information on sponsorship opportunities please contact, Nicole Balsamo at


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Farewell Friend

On February 27 th, our beloved Tanzia lost her battle with cancer. With her endless patience and good nature, Tanzia played a special role at Casa Hogar Sion. Not many dogs could survive as a pet to over 125 children for so many years but Tanzia did it with great pride. She will be sorely missed.

According to the 2007 International Adoption statistics, American families adopted 5,453 children from China in 2007 while Mexico saw only 89 International Adoptions in the same period! Overall, statistics have shown a startling decrease in International Adoption of 15% from 2006 to 2007 in the United States.

For more information on Mexico’s International Adoption policy, please visit :