Albuquerque club’s Equestrian Cup Food & Wine Tasting fundraiser

Each month has several notable observances & themes that are used by various groups to raise awarness of an issue, commemorate a group or event, or celebrate something. Some of the things in APRIL are: National Volunteer, Autism Awareness, Sexual Assault Awareness, & Child Abuse Prevention Month.

I came across this article in The Active Twenty-Thirtian about the Albuquerque club’s Equestrian Cup Food & Wine Tasting fundraiser and how money raised went to the All Faiths Children’s Advocacy Center and their Safehouse. The club hosted the event for over 20 years. (Here is a photo of the club at their event in 2011).

Club in the Spotlight – Albuquerque #103

Mark Stanley (Phoenix), National Director Region 3

The Active 20-30 Club of Albuquerque was chartered in 1988 and has quietly grown into one of the strongest clubs in ourorgnaization. Located in Duke City, this club has been recognized nationally for providing funds and support for the Children’s Safehouse of Albuquerque.

In 1989, the Albuquerque Club launched the Equestrian Cup annual fundriasing event, committing all profits from the fundraiser to jump-start the Safehouse Project. The Club is the Center’s largest private source of funding, with contributions of more than $680,000 and hundreds of volunteer hours.

In September, the Club hosted the 12th Annual Eqestrian Cup and raised approximately $75,000 for the Safehouse. What is most amazing is the Club raised these funds with only 14 hard working members.

The Club was nationally recognized in 2000, when the members were invited to Washington D.C. to receive the National Children’s Alliance Volunteer Leadership Group Award “(“VLGA”). In a Capitol Hill ceremony, New Mexico Senator Pete Domenici presented the VLGA to Club President Christ Buttner before a group of nearly 300 dignitaries, mostly U.S. Senators and Congress members. “Albuquerque’s Active 20-30 Club has demonstrated the type of community service and volunteerism that should inspire us all to get involeved and the local level,” Domenici said.

The VLGA is presented annually by the Children’s Alliance, a non-profit membership organization whose mission is to assist communities looking to improve their response to child abuse by establishing Children’s Advocacy Centers. “It was a real honor,” said Buttner, “Pete Domenici did a wonderful job of describing what we do, and what the safehouses represent.”

Many congratulations to the Active 20-30 Club of Albuquerque. your success is an inspiration to all Clubs as we continue the mission of 20-30!

Stanley, Mark, “Club in the Spotlight – Albuquerque #103”, The Active Twenty-Thirtian, April 2002, Vol. 80, No. 1, p 1.

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