Thursday, August 29, 2013

4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament



4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament
Monday, October 14, 2013

Yocha DeHe Golf Club
at Cache Creek Casino Resort
14455 CA-16
Brooks, CA 95606

The Matt Garcia Foundation is pleased to announce our 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament which will be held on Monday, October 14, 2013.  This is one of our most well attended and exciting events of the year.  The tournament will be held at Yocha Dehe Golf Club (Cache Creek) which is one of the premier courses in our area.  Our fundraiser is an opportunity to ensure that the powerful programs that we support throughout the year will continue.
Our late city councilman Matt Garcia was a young man with a vision.  Matt's dream was to make a difference in the community.  Many of his hopes have been realized through the programs we support including youth sports, empowerment programs, community service days, the Gun Buy Back, scholarship programs, the Matt Garcia Learning Center, the PAL Matt Garcia Youth Center, and much more.  The Matt Garcia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization run entirely by volunteers.   100% of your donation goes to fund these programs.
With the help of generous individuals and companies such as yours, our foundation has been able to raise the essential funds needed to “Keep the Dream Alive.”  We anticipate another successful event and we hope you will be a part of it.  Would you consider donating gift baskets, concert or sporting event tickets, vacation or spa packages, and other donations to be used for raffle and/or silent auction.
We are a high-profile organization with a powerful presence in the community that is associated with positive change.  As a sponsor, your name, business or establishment will be prominently displayed in all our event publicity.  The event itself is an opportunity to network with many potential customers and clients.   Most importantly, your donation will send a powerful message that you are partnering with us to create a world that is safer and more meaningful.  It is our mission to support youth, help stop crime, and strengthen our community. Thank you in advance for your support.  Your contribution will make all the difference!
For more information or to donate, please do not hesitate to contact me at (707) 452-9676, or email

Monday, August 26, 2013

About The Matt Garcia Foundation

Fairfield City Councilman 2007

 Matt Garcia was a man with a vision. He was the youngest city councilman elected in the state of California in November 2007. Matt was a great young leader and inspiration to all who knew him. Matt was only 22 years old…but he lived more in those short years than many adults can even imagine. He led by inspiration, with integrity and ambition.

Matt’s dream involved supporting the youth and creating places for them to go and things for them to do; Changing a culture of violence and crime in the city through youth involvement. By uniting a community all people will have a sense of belonging and responsibility to the city of Fairfield. Matt’s life was cut short, but his legacy, work and heart live on.
The Matt Garcia Foundation was established to carry out Matt’s dream. We are dedicated to the work and efforts that Matt started and hope that we can inspire others to be the change in this world we live in, just as Matt inspired us.

Our Mission:
Support Youth
Stop Crime
Strengthen Our Community

Our Vision:

“Everyday we learn something new. Take life as a test and shoot for a better score each day…
It doesn’t have to be an “A” the next day, but let’s hope it improves.” – Matt Garcia

Our Values:

To Understand Before Being Understood
Leadership Centered
Hope in Others
Centered on Servanthood
Respect for Individuality
Excellence in All We Do
Support Change
Be a Blessing to Others

Friday, August 23, 2013

Teenagers and Drugs - Two Things That Don't Go Well Together: Julien Finn at TEDxYouth@WAB

Julien Finn, a student at the Western Academy of Beijing, raising awareness about the problems associated with drugs and our youth.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Off the Wall : Andrew Rosario at TEDxYouth@Watsonville

Andrew is an artist with an idea worth spreading: Let's use a particular kind of art to cover the walls of our cities, one that graffiti won't stick to. It is a way to beautify our community and it allows youth to participate in a way that is fun and environmentally friendly.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Annual Gun Buy Back Program

"Help Stop the Violence, No More Children Minus." - Keep the Dream Alive Anthem

The gun that killed Matt Garcia was purchased at a garage sale for $50. In response to this tragic fact the Matt Garcia foundation has organized the The Gun Buy Back Program. Which allows people to turn in their old firearms in exchange for gift cards and a copy of the “Keep the Dream Alive CD.”

The program is an ongoing effort to keep guns off the streets of Fairfield. It is anchored by the annual Gun Buy Back Event.
Please call the Matt Garcia Foundation at (707) 372-4160 or the Fairfield Police Department at (707) 428-7373 to learn more about taking the important action to keep our streets safe.

If you would like to donate to this cause or become involved with this program please call or email us though the Contact Page.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Margaret Heffernan: The Dangers of "Willful Blindness"

Gayla Benefield was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn't want to know. In a talk that's part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up. (Filmed at TEDxDanubia.)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Gavin Pretor-Pinney: Cloudy with a Chance of Joy

You don't need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As he shares charming photos of nature's finest aerial architecture, Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Why Not Send Me to College?: Omar Fabian at TEDxYouth@Watsonville

Omar Fabian is a senior at Harbor High School and is president of his school's Interact Club (Youth version of Rotary, which stands for International Action). Omar will be sharing the experience of many youth known as the "Dreamers" and ask "Why not send me to college?" Using investment statistics, Omar will show that college for young people like him is a good investment.

Monday, August 5, 2013

6th Annual Matt Garcia Softball Tournament 2013 - Deadline to Register is August 9th!

 Step Up To The Plate And Help Strengthen Our Community!

(4 Games Guaranteed / 15 Players Per Roster)
Lambrecht Sports Complex off Petersen Rd in
Suisun City, CA 94588
(Jump House, Great Food, Music & Face Painting)
Contact Information
(Team Registrations) Dave Diaz - Cell # (707) 249-9747 / Email
(Sponsorship Inquiries) Scott Siordia -

Friday, August 2, 2013

From the Streets to College: Why Not?: Martin Contreras at TEDxYouth

Martin Contreras is a senior at Renaissance High in Watsonville. As a kid, with nothing else to do or anybody to stop him, he headed to the streets. This led to poor school attendance, bad grades and other tragic outcomes. Recently, on a visit to Cabrillo College, Martin realized that someone like him could actually go to college and turn his life around. Martin advocates for after school programs and college pathways for young kids. Early intervention programs, he says, could prevent wrong choices and tragic outcomes for youth.