Since 1987, six area couples have been organizing dances, campouts and other social activities, benefiting local colleges. Terra students have shared in the group’s generosity since 1996. Throughout the years, the group has contributed more than $15,000 for scholarships for Latino students enrolled at Terra.
“But, even though the group has held its last special event, contributions will continue to be made to the Amistad Scholarship Endowment Fund through an annual fundraising campaign,” said Dr. Sue Babione, Executive Director of the Terra College Foundation.
The six couples who founded Amistad, are: Al and Gloria (Hernández) VanCoppenalle of Toledo, Bob and Amelia Valle of Gibsonburg, Ramiro and Carol Martínez of Fostoria, Clyde and Dora López of Oregon, and Ramiro and Anita Almaguer and Fernando and Mary Costilla, of Fremont.
Babione looks forward to Amistad members continuing their involvement with Terra. Bob Valle remains a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and several members of the group have volunteered for Foundation special events committees.
Valle is appreciative for all the time and effort put in by the Amistad members. “A special thanks to all the members who volunteered to form the Amistad Committee 20 years ago,” he said.
“This life journey of 20 years has been a wonderful love-filled time we have shared together. Only by the grace of God have we accomplished our dream of bringing together a lot of our childhood and teenage friends.
“We also wish to thank all those who attended our scholarship dances at Bascom’s beautiful Meadowbrook Park Ballroom. The contributions and donations from individuals and area businesses have made it possible for young people to attend Terra Community College,” concluded Valle.
The campaign to raise funds for scholarships and instructional program equipment will conclude in March 2009. More than $1.8 million has been raised in cash, pledges and in-kind equipment.
For more information on the Terra College Foundation, contact Babione at 419-559-2301.