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Mayor & First Lady Berry Raise Money to Support Youth’s Futures

Check Presented to the 2016 Charity Gala Beneficiaries

July 29, 2016

Albuquerque- – Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry and First Lady Maria Berry presented the three local nonprofit beneficiaries of the 2016 Mayor & First Lady’s Charity Gala with a check with the donations raised this past year. The 2016 Gala raised a total of $196,500 for the New Mexico Child Advocacy Network’s Building Futures & Foundations, Junior Achievement of New Mexico, and the Albuquerque Community Foundation: The Bright Futures Fund. This year brought the total net donations raised over the last seven years to $1.3 million.

The success of the Gala is evidenced by the fact that proceeds raised were able to meet the financial requests of each non-profit beneficiary of the event, for the seventh year in a row. Over the seven years that the First Lady and Mayor have been hosting the gala, they’ve raised more than $1.3 million net for local nonprofits, impacting over 100,000 lives.

“We’re ever so grateful to our community for their continuous generosity and support of this event and our worthy, local charities,” said First Lady Maria Berry. “Our Gala board is honored to play a part in helping these inspirational non-profits continue their meaningful work.”

Mayor Berry reiterated his appreciation to supporters of the event, “I am proud to be the Mayor of a city that gives so selflessly. It’s an amazing testament to Albuquerque and the dozens of non-profit recipients who have used the funds to provide much needed services to thousands of individuals right here at home.”

Plans for the 2017 Charity Gala, scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 have already started. This will be the eighth and final Charity Gala hosted by Mayor Richard Berry and First Lady Maria Berry. The Gala is seeking applications from non-profit organizations that promote Economic Mobility and Opportunity for Albuquerque residents, specifically those that specialize in creating pathways for individuals who find themselves underemployed or unemployed. RFP applications will be accepted starting Monday, August 1st through Thursday, September 30th, 2016.




New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks’ Building Futures & Foundations project uses authentic youth engagement to improve the path for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. They work with them to develop the life skills needed to become successful adults and help them achieve their dreams and goals related to education, employment, health, housing, permanency, financial capability, and social capital.


Junior Achievement inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy. Their volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade program foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. Students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global marketplace.


The Albuquerque Community Foundation Bright Futures Fund is a donor-advised fund that allows the advisors to either help a charity today or to help the permanent needs of tomorrow; it’s a gift that works now and forever.