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Mayor Richard J. Berry and First Lady Maria Berry presented Art in the School, Keshet Dance Company, and United Way of Central New Mexico with a check for $195,000.

August 8, 2012

Albuquerque- – Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry and First Lady Maria Berry presented Art in the School, Keshet Dance Company, and United Way of Central New Mexico with a check for $195,000. The success of the 2012 Mayor and First Lady’s Charity Gala is evidenced by the fact that they were able to meet the requests of each of the non-profit beneficiaries of the event.

The Mayor and the First Lady also announced the date for the 2013 Mayor and First Lady’s Charity Gala to be on Saturday, May 18th. Prior to the Gala, every year a request for proposal (RFP) will be sent out to local non-profits so they can apply to benefit from the donations garnered at the Gala. The 2013 RFP is slated to start accepting qualified applicants in early September 2012.

"This is the first time in gala history that we’ve had the event on a Friday, but despite the day change, Albuquerque really stepped up and gave so generously to these worthy non-profits and helped us reach our funding goals," said Gala Chairwoman and First Lady Maria Berry. "The benefiting organizations are consistently contributing to our community, so we’re honored to help them continue their inspirational work."

Mayor Berry reiterated his appreciation to supporters of the event, "This is a community-wide effort and I am so honored to be Mayor of a city that gives so selflessly. In the three years that we’ve been hosting the Charity Gala we’ve been able to give more than half a million dollars to local non-profits- that’s an amazing gift for us to be able to provide."

Following every Charity Gala, the donations are divvied-up between the selected non-profits. Once the non-profits have received their requested amount, and all the bills have been paid for the event, the surplus money is given to the runner-up. The 2012 Gala Committee has high hopes that there will be surplus money to give the third tier non-profit.

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