Celebrations, Aug. 26, 2018

August 26, 2018

Weddings & anniversaries

Vigil 70th

Ernest and Anna Mae Vigil celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many relatives and friends Aug. 19 at St. Clair Winery & Bistro in Albuquerque. The couple are from Santa Fe but now live in Albuquerque.

Ernest Vigil and Anna Mae King were married Aug 18, 1948, at Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Santa Fe. On Aug. 17, 2018, they renewed their vows at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Albuquerque.

Ernest is a retired electrical contractor and was the northern region administrator for New Mexico’s former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. Anna Mae retired from employment at the New Mexico state Property Tax Division.

Whitcomb 50th

John and Charlotte Whitcomb of Santa Fe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in mid-August with a trip to the California wine country, accompanied by all the members of their immediate family.

John and the former Charlotte Cornelius were married Aug. 31, 1968, at the Methodist Church in Center, Colo. They have lived in Santa Fe ever since. John is the former sports editor of The New Mexican and is currently in property management. Charlotte has been with Mary Kay Cosmetics for 45 years and is a sales director.

Together, they raised three children: Dr. Katy Whitcomb and Karleen Whitcomb, both of Santa Fe; and John Quincy of New York City. Their grandchildren are Ria and Zeb Baker and Sophie and Teo Biderman —all of Santa Fe. The anniversary celebration will continue with a trip to Cabo San Lucas in late October.

Faces & places

Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Fe presents an award to a person in Northern New Mexico whose life work exemplifies the congregation’s social justice values.

This year, the 2018 Distinguished Community Service Award will be presented to Allegra Love. The congregation chose Love in recognition for her outstanding leadership and commitment in assisting undocumented immigrants in New Mexico and in working toward humane immigration reform. Love is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Dreamers Project, whose mission is to provide free legal representation to New Mexico’s immigrant community.

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The Santa Fe Community Foundation has announced the winners of its 2018 Piñon Awards, recognizing the work of nonprofit organizations and individual philanthropists in the community.

The winners will be honored at a ceremony Oct. 8 at La Fonda on the Plaza and will be given a general operating support grant from the foundation and its partner, Los Alamos National Bank.

The winner of the Courageous Innovation Award is Assistance Dogs of the West. This award honors an organization that uses a bold approach to solve a persistent problem in the community. Assistance Dogs of the West has provided traditional training and matching of assistance dogs to persons with physical disabilities, progressive diseases and families with children who have special needs since 1995. In 2011, the organization expanded to include a Courthouse Facility Dog program and Crisis Response Canines. In addition, it began the Warrior Canine Connection, a program that teaches veterans to help train service dogs as part of their therapy for PTSD and traumatic brain injury.

The Tried & True Award goes to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. This award honors an organization that is known for consistent high-quality programming. The Museum of New Mexico Foundation, which provides private support for state-funded museums and historic sites, has steadfastly pursued its mission since 1962.

The Visionary Award winner is the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority. The Visionary Award honors an organization that can anticipate the unmet needs of future generations and has the stamina to achieve success. The Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority, established in 1997, has been awarded nationwide for its creative housing projects such the Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project. The program has gathered resources to restore 34 homes on the 700-year-old historic pueblo. Through the project, the pueblo is once again a vibrant, thriving residential area.

The Policy Champion Award goes to the Drug Policy Alliance. This award honors an organization that is creating positive social change by focusing on a policy and systems-based approach. The Drug Policy Alliance envisions a society in which the use and regulation of drugs are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights, and in which people are no longer punished for what they put into their own bodies but only for crimes committed against others.

The Drug Policy Alliance implemented the LEAD program, which assists people who are struggling with substance use disorders and cycling in and out of the criminal justice system. The model calls for trained police officers to identify people who would be arrested for low-level offenses and instead bring them to a community-based center for acute care, case management and referrals to services.

Bruce and Mary Anne Larson will receive the Philanthropic Leadership Award, which recognizes leaders for their dedication to building healthy and vital communities. Since moving to Santa Fe in 1997, the Larsons have sought to use their philanthropy to promote creative and positive growth within the nonprofits they support.

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