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Fundraiser for Familia Hernandez

The Queerseñera Project

Friday, May 31, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

Fundraiser for Familia Hernandez

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Dinner Plate Ended $20.00 $1.49
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PayPal members give directly with no fees to email: nahuicalli77@yahoo.com

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We accept checks, cash, and credit/debit card donation.

Make checks out to : Mary Lou  Hernandez Fund.

Give online, in person, by mail or at the event! 

(Contact Nancy or Maribel to have general donation checks or cash picked up.)

Cancer affects millions of lives every year. Pero la union hace la fuerza (Our unity makes us strong). Please come and help support the Hernandez Family during such a difficult time. Let us show compassion and the strength of family and community by attending this special event to help this family out during this challenging time. Please spread the word!


Mary Lou and David  are first-generation college graduates, both from farmworker family backgrounds in California. They have been married for almost 10 years.  They have two beautiful sons, Judah, 7 and Lucas, 3.  Mary Lou is a school counselor at Washington Elementary. David is a teacher at Lowell Elementary. They live in Morgan Hill, CA.

Mary Lou and David met while they were both completing their degrees at San Jose State University. Mary Lou was working  at the Family Homeless Shelter. She then went on to complete a graduate degree in Education and worked at Hoover Middle School before moving on to Washington. David worked as an afterschool coordinator before teaching and has dedicated almost 15 year to serving  downtown San Jose families at Lowell Elementary. He is also a member of  Calpulli Tonalehque, Azteca Mexica cultural group. They have dedicated their lives to supporting first-generation, low-income students in San Jose.

Just went medical issues with baby Lucas were getting better, in 2012, Mary Lou was diagnosed with a high grade sarcoma, a type of cancer that arises from transformed cells. In her case, it attacks the nervous system. It is less likely to respond to chemotherapy and inoperable.  Her condition is terminal.

As  individuals and as a family, they go above and beyond to serve our community. They have planned toy drives, neighborhood festivals and share information about community resources. We know that curing the cancer is out of our hands but we can alleviate some of family's  financial  burden.


It's time to bring friends, family and our community together for this amazing family.


For those purchasing a dinner plate, you are in for a treat. You will get some yummy home-cooked Mexican food prepare by the loving hands of Alica Lopez. Also,  you will be entertained by performances from local spoken word artists, folklorico dancers and Mexica Aztec dancers. We will have a silent auction with amazing artwork and other donated goods. 



As medical bills continue to pile up, the expenses keep coming. Currently, Mary Lou is receiving supplemental treatments for increased energy and pain management. These additional treatments are $50-100 each week.  Mary Lou and David have exhausted their sick time and vacation time at work. So, if they need to attend appointments or are sick, it affects their paychecks. With two growing boys, a mortgage, gas prices, and living expenses, they are stretched thin. Also, the family must now begin planning for the future, including the worse case scenario; a future without  Mary Lou. 

The family has expressed a deep desire to secure counseling services for their children and themselves. 

All funds (after deducting Eventbrite processing fees) will go toward these expenses. 


If you are an educator, especially those who work with low-income, 1st Generation, English-language learners, you know first-hand the passion to serve  these communities and the willingness to keep going. You can support Mary Lou and David push through the financial barriers and continue to focus on this powerful work. 

If you or someone you love has had to cope with a cancer diagnosis, you understand the challenges: physical, emotional, spiritual---and financial. Here is an opportunity to lighten their load during this difficult time.

If you are committed to supporting healthy and thriving communities, here is your chance to support others who have invested in our community’s well-being.



1. BUY a dinner plate for the May 31 event.


2. GIVE  a general donation. Any amount will help.


3. PURCHASE an item at the silent auction.


4. DONATE an item for the silent auction (email Nancydelahoya@gmail.com BEFORE May 31, 2013).


5. BRAINSTORM and SUGGEST other fundraisers for this family (email: martinez_maribel2@yahoo.com).


6. SEND the event invitation to 5 people you know.


7. LIKE this event on facebook.


8.  SHARE this event on your facebook.


9. PRINT the flyer and POST it near your desk or office.





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Video from NBC: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151511142573096&set=o.162548870587297&type=2&theater

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Thank you!!

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When & Where

Washington United Youth Center
912 S 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95110

Friday, May 31, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)

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The Queerseñera Project

For more information please contact 

Maribel Martinez

(408) 766-4143


The Queerseañera Project was founded by Maribel Martinez. The 2013 Planning Committee is comprised of members from the Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) . The Queerseañera Project is a communtiy collaborative designed to use arts and culture to bring together the Latin@ LGBT community. Its current fiscal sponsor is the Mexican Heritage Corporation VivaFest! and received a seed grant from Horizons Foundation. All proceeds from this event will be used to continue cultivating Latin@ LGBTprograms in Silicon Valley. 

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