Somos Fund will hold event to help victims of violence


POSTED: Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 4:37pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 9:06am

An attack on a boy's birthday party in Juarez left more than 10 people dead and many injured in 2010. 
Many were players on a high school football team.

"At the beginning...People were very demoralized, people did not want to do anything," said Fernando Gallegos, Coach of the Jaguares football team. 

He witnessed first hand the effects the tragic effects of that day. 

But it wasn't long before the players and others members of the community stood back up... using their past to push forward. Gallegos said many players used football as a way to look forward. 

"From that point on,  their enemies weren't just football players or football teams. It was a team called violence, and the best way to attack the violence was through the players themselves," Gallegos said. 

It's with victims of violence in mind that the Somos fund, a part of the El Paso Community Foundation, was created last November. . 

The Somos Fund provides mentoring and college scholarships for survivors of violence in Juarez., much like the players on the Jaguares team. 

The Somos Fund is holding their first dinner and auction Monday, June 23, at 6:30. It will be at Italian's Restaurant at 5380 N. Mesa. 

Several authors, including Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico, will auction off their books.

"More than 12,000 people died in Ciudad Juarez in just a few years. We're trying to find a way to provide hope for them," Corchado said. 

All the proceeds from the event will go towards scholarships.  All with the hopes that the lives affected by violence will not be stunted by tragedy.

"It's about healing on both sides of the community and its about really inspiring hope and giving them something to believe in. Especially people who are a part of a lost generation in Juarez," Corchado said. 

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