Charity Invitational 2016 plans - RMCHCS’ Ina Burmeister & Dr. Chris Gonzaga

August 23, 2016

KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub speaks with Ina Burmeister, CEO of the Western Health Foundation and RMCHCS Development Director, along with Dr. Christopher Gonzaga of RMCHCS, this year's Charity Invitational honoree, about plans for the Charity Invitational, as follows:

Charity Invitational 2016 Schedule of events

Friday, August 26

Filipino Cultural Extravaganza (Songs, Dances, and Food)
6pm, at JFK Middle School Auditorium
In support of RMCHS 20th Charity Invitational
Tickets $10, available at RMCHCS College and Red Rock Clinics,
 and from Filipino teachers of GMCS.
Info at 505-863-7282

Friday, September 9

Golf Tournament at Coyote Del Malpais Golf Course, 2001 George Hanosh Blvd., Grants, NM

Call 505-863-7282 for registration and times.

Saturday, September 10

1.5 mile Run/Walk 9:00 am 3 mile Run/Race 9:00 am 3 mile Adventure Run/Race 11:00 am

Gift bag to all participants, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards

Pre-registration is $25 per event or $30 day of event. Kids under 10 FREE! Download registration forms for all age categories (click here) Gallup OHV/MX Park, 139 Hassler Valley Road, Gallup, NM

Call 505-863-7136

Saturday, September 10

Trap Shoot Competition 9:00 am Gallup Shooting Range, Located six mile west and three miles north of downtown Gallup, NM

Registration begins at 7:00 am Purchase tickets for Shotgun Raffle only $10 each

Call 505-863-7020

Saturday, September 17

Charity Gala Dinner and Dance 6:00 pm Red Rock Park, Church Rock, NM

Musical entertainment, silent auction, raffle tickets Tickets are $150, sign up early as seating is limited.

Call 505-863-7287

Committees
The Western Health Foundation Board has several standing committees. The committees meet six times per year or, in the case of some committees, on an as need basis. They are: Ambassador/Hospitality Committee Executive Committee Finance Committee Governance Committee Nominations Committee Major Gifts Committee Every year a new Charity Invitational Committee is formed and both Western Health Foundation Board members as well as community members are welcome to serve on the committee. For more information on serving on the Charity Invitational Committee, call 505-863-7287.

Events
Click here to see Foundation Events.

Mission
The Western Health Foundation's mission is to serve as goodwill ambassadors to the community and to support the work of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services Services in providing quality healthcare close to home.

Newsletter
The Western Health Foundation publishes a newsletter called Foundation Focus. Please click here to view pdf files for each issue.

Western Health Foundation

The Western Health Foundation is a 501C3 organization with its own Board of Directors and is a subsidiary of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services (RMCHCS). Its purpose is to serve as goodwill ambassadors to the community and to support RMCHCS in its mission to serve God by making a profound and lasting difference in the health and quality of life for all people in the community.

During its first decade, the Foundation raised funds to develop the region's only comprehensive Behavioral Health Unit. Today, RMCHCS Behavioral Health Services includes outpatient mental health services, a 90-day residential alcohol and substance abuse treatment program, a work rehabilitation program, and a transitional housing program.

In 1995, the Foundation raised over $2.3 million to build a new emergency room, Intensive Care Unit, and modern laboratory for RMCHCS. Since 1996, the Foundation holds an annual fundraiser each fall, known as the Charity Invitational, which has raised over $5.5 million for new medical equipment, services, and programs. In addition, the Foundation raises funds for RMCHCS Reach Out and Read program, Home Health and Hospice Services, and the Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids program.

The Foundation has four standing committees that are to meet quarterly. They are the Executive, Finance, Nominating, and Ambassador/Hospitality Committees. Two additional committees, the Major Gift Committee and the Charity Invitational Committee are formed and meet as needed.

Western Health Foundation Board Members:

Dr. Thomas Carmany, Chair

John Dowling, Vice Chair

Cynthia Dyer, Secretary

Jay Mason, Treasurer

Mark Gartner

Arlene High

Rex Lee Jim

Paul McCollum

Ex Officio:

Ina M. Burmeister, Western Health Foundation Executive Director

David Conejo, RMCHCS CEO

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Workforce Development Summit - 8/4/16 at UNMG - Morning: Vicky Mora, Michael Sage

August 17, 2016

“Forming Partnerships to Identify and Resolve Workforce and Economic Issues in the Region” To explore how Workforce Development can be more responsive to the needs of the community.  A mutually beneficial partnership between community representatives and the University of New Mexico Gallup Branch.

On Thursday, August 4, 2016, following opening remarks by Dr. Christopher Dyer, Executive Director of UNMG, and Vicki Mora, CEO, New Mexico Building Education Foundation, discussing “Connected Instruction for the Gallup McKinley Region”, the topic of  “The Challenges of Developing a Skilled Workforce in the Region” featured Al Henderson, UNMG
faculty member & Navajo Nation Council of Economic Advisor; Michael Sage, Deputy Director Greater Gallup Economic Development Corp., Richard Kontz, Executive Director Gallup Housing Authority

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Workforce Development Summit - 8/4/16 at UNMG - Panel: Dev. Skilled Workforce

August 17, 2016

“Forming Partnerships to Identify and Resolve Workforce and Economic Issues in the Region” To explore how Workforce Development can be more responsive to the needs of the community.  A mutually beneficial partnership between community representatives and the University of New Mexico Gallup Branch.

On Thursday, August 4, 2016, the first Panel Discussed Action and Solutions
on the “Challenges of Developing a Skilled Workforce in the Region”

Participants included:

Honorable Jackie McKinney, City of Gallup Mayor; LaVonne Tsosie, Division Director, Navajo Nation Division of Human Resources; Priscilla Manuelito, GMCS School Board President; Richard Kontz, Executive Director Gallup Housing Authority; Dr. Christopher Dyer, UNMG Chief Executive Officer; Michael Sage, Deputy Director Greater Gallup Economic Development Corp.; Dave Hinkle, Program Manager Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments

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Workforce Development Summit - 8/4/16 at UNMG - GOAL pgm, Challenges w/ Virginia Chavez & Leonard Tsosie

August 17, 2016

“Forming Partnerships to Identify and Resolve Workforce and Economic Issues in the Region” To explore how Workforce Development can be more responsive to the needs of the community.  A mutually beneficial partnership between community representatives and the University of New Mexico Gallup Branch.

The afternoon sessions began with a discussion of  “The GOAL Program” - Great Opportunities for Adult Learners, with Patricia J. Walsh, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Mid America Nazarene University

Followed by “The Challenges of Workforce Development and Economic Development in Native Communities”, with Virginia Chavez, Councilwoman, Pueblo of Zuni, and Leonard Tsosie, Navajo Nation Council Delegate

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Workforce Development Summit - 8/4/16 at UNMG - Panel: Action/Solutions

August 17, 2016

“Forming Partnerships to Identify and Resolve Workforce and Economic Issues in the Region” To explore how Workforce Development can be more responsive to the needs of the community.  A mutually beneficial partnership between community representatives and the University of New Mexico Gallup Branch.

The last panel discussion on August 4, 2016, addressed "Action and Solutions for the Challenges of Workforce and Economic Development in Native Communities”.

Participants included:

Virginia Chavez, Councilwoman, Pueblo of Zuni; Leonard Tsosie, Navajo Nation Council Delegate; Bill Lee, Executive Director Gallup Chamber of Commerce; Crystal Deschinny, Navajo Nation Director of Economic Development & Gerald O’Hara, UNMG Local Advisory Board Member

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Workforce Development Summit - 8/5/16 at UNMG - Ralph Richards & Alex Martinez

August 17, 2016

“Forming Partnerships to Identify and Resolve Workforce and Economic Issues in the Region” To explore how Workforce Development can be more responsive to the needs of the community.  A mutually beneficial partnership between community representatives and the University of New Mexico Gallup Branch.

The bulk of Friday morning, August 5, 2016, featured keynote addresses by Ralph Richards, UNMG Local Advisory Board Chairperson, and Alex Martinez, Executive Director, SER Jobs for Progress

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Workforce Development Summit - 8/5/16 at UNMG - Trauma w/ Laura Jijon

August 17, 2016

“Forming Partnerships to Identify and Resolve Workforce and Economic Issues in the Region” To explore how Workforce Development can be more responsive to the needs of the community.  A mutually beneficial partnership between community representatives and the University of New Mexico Gallup Branch.

The last session Friday morning, August 5, 2016, featured “Trauma Training”, with Keynote Speaker, Laura Jijon,  Program Director ABE/GED UNMG, North Campus, followed by discussion of how employers can respond to those who may be impacted by trauma or related issues.

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7/24/16 1st half of concert by Land of Enchantment Opera soloists

July 27, 2016

The full recording of the first half from the July 24, 2016 concert,

featuring performances by faculty and workshop participants from the Land of Enchantment Opera

at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, in Gallup, New Mexico.

Nightly opera performances take place after the Native dancers in Gallup's Court House Square, through July 31st.

Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte will be performed at Gallup's El Morro Theater this Saturday, July 30, 2016 and this Sunday, July 31, 2016, both at 3:30pm:

When:
Saturday, July 30, Opening Night, 3:30 pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mozarts-cosi-fan-tutte-tickets-25604544883
Sunday, July 31, 3:30 pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mozarts-cosi-fan-tutte-2-tickets-25604698342
Where:
El Morro Theatre -207 W Coal Ave

With the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Orchestra
And the Gallup Community Choir

Ferrando and Guglielmo, two young officers discuss the true faithfulness of their fiancées. A cynical old man, Don Alfonso, joins in their conversation and bets them that if they give him one day’s time, he can prove to them that all women are fickle. Ferrando and Guglielmo agree to the wager. Sisters, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, the two fiancées, happily compare pictures of their boyfriends when the two officers arrive telling them that they have been called for war. Secretly, they will return in disguise and do whatever Alfonso says.

Finish early on Saturday and enjoy the Route 66 Freedom Ride, Flight & Cruise Festival Afterwards (http://www.gogallup.com/route-66-ride-flight-cruise/)!

Full details at:

http://landofenchantmentopera.com/2016-opera-season/

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7/24/16 2nd half of concert w/ Opera/Red Rock String/Gallup Choir

July 27, 2016

The full recording of the second half from the July 24, 2016 concert, a

Sacred Music Concert: Featuring Bach’s Magnificat

at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, featuring a collaborative performance by the Red Rock String Ensemble, the Gallup Community Choir, plus faculty and workshop participants from the Land of Enchantment Opera.

Nightly opera performances take place after the Native dancers in Gallup's Court House Square, through July 31st.

Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte will be performed at Gallup's El Morro Theater this Saturday, July 30, 2016 and this Sunday, July 31, 2016, both at 3:30pm:

When:
Saturday, July 30, Opening Night, 3:30 pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mozarts-cosi-fan-tutte-tickets-25604544883
Sunday, July 31, 3:30 pm
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mozarts-cosi-fan-tutte-2-tickets-25604698342
Where:
El Morro Theatre -207 W Coal Ave

With the Albuquerque Youth Symphony Orchestra
And the Gallup Community Choir

Ferrando and Guglielmo, two young officers discuss the true faithfulness of their fiancées. A cynical old man, Don Alfonso, joins in their conversation and bets them that if they give him one day’s time, he can prove to them that all women are fickle. Ferrando and Guglielmo agree to the wager. Sisters, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, the two fiancées, happily compare pictures of their boyfriends when the two officers arrive telling them that they have been called for war. Secretly, they will return in disguise and do whatever Alfonso says.

Finish early on Saturday and enjoy the Route 66 Freedom Ride, Flight & Cruise Festival Afterwards (http://www.gogallup.com/route-66-ride-flight-cruise/)!

Full details at:

http://landofenchantmentopera.com/2016-opera-season/

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Singer/Writer Charlene Oliver on Orphan Train, her novel of the Holocaust

July 15, 2016

Charlene Oliver, who spoke with KGLP Station Manager Rachel Kaub, has often been defined by
"The song with a life of it's own":

 "I've Never Been To Me" was first released in 1976. It was, by the standards of the day, ahead of it's time. It reached #97 on the Billboard charts. When it was re-released in 1982 it climbed to #3 in the US and #1 in the UK where Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder dominated the chart
with Ebony and Ivory.
 
By then Charlene had left Motown Records and was working in a sweet shop in England.
The song was one of the biggest hits of that year. Nearly a decade later, it was featured as the
opening song of the hit movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which garnered her a large LGBT following. Last year Jimmy Fallon chose  the song to perform on his hit TV show. 
                           
Charlene released six albums all together but her creativity reached beyond music. She has written two books, her autobiography and a children's book. Now she has partnered with Olly Olly All In Free Productions to launch the release of her new Historical Fiction Novella "Orphan Train", Charlene's story of Christina Nava. She is fifteen years old in a small village in Poland. Follow her as the Nazi's invade her country and banish her and her family to the Jewish Ghettos. Next stop will be Ravensbruck Concentration Camp.  Her epic journey through the Holocaust will be a tale
of horror, death and anguish as she searches for love, hope....and Freedom...

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