With the help of incredible community members and local businesses, the Borderlands Earth Care Youth (BECY) Institute was able to host its third official fundraiser. Under stringed lights and an almost full moon, guests enjoyed outdoor dinner and drinks to the tunes of the String Benders in the company of Borderlands Restoration Network staff, fellow community members, and BECY Institute graduates. BECY graduates showed off some of their work completed during last summer's program and were given the opportunity to express the impact BECY has had on their lives and career choices. The drinks included local wine and a specialty beer brewed particularly for this event in partnership with Public Brewhouse. Local lamb and veggies were donated and made into dishes such as shepherd's pie, homemade tacos, and plenty of salads.
Those of us at BRN and the BECY Institute are absolutely floored by the generosity of our community. We had a very ambitious goal of raising $10,000 to kick off funding for our summer 2019 programs. With the considerable support of this community, we were able to meet and exceed our goal. BRN is extremely happy to report that we were able to raise $11,000 for our youth programming.
The money from this fundraiser will help youth from Patagonia, Douglas, and Nogales, AZ continue to restore their home watersheds by restoring waterways, planting native pollinator gardens, and working with local farmers and ranchers. With a head start like this, we may be able to further expand the BECY Institute to a new community along the Arizona/Sonora borderlands region in 2019.
With that, we must say: THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!