Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Matt Garcia Foundation Schedules Fundraiser

Teresa Courtemanche speaks to a room of inmates graduating from a victim impact program, at California State Prison-Solano, in Vacaville, Friday. Courtemanche spoke about her son Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia, who was killed in 2008. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)


FAIRFIELD — The Matt Garcia Foundation will host its first STAND with Fairfield’s Finest on Thursday in downtown Fairfield.

The event is a fundraiser and a friend-raiser.

“So many people are confused about the foundation,” said Teresa Courtemanche, the mother of slain Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia.

The foundation was formed to carry on his dream of involving young people in their community with the goal of reducing crime. STAND is an acronym for support, teach, advocate, nurture and dream.

Thursday’s schedule includes radio interviews and online media campaign from 9 a.m. to noon. Local restaurants are partnering with the foundation from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The list can be found at www.themattgarciafoundation.org. Events and activities are scheduled between 3 and 7 p.m. near the farmers market at Texas and Jefferson streets in Fairfield.

The foundation has raised nearly $500,000 since it began in 2009.

“We get the money and we give it out to different groups,” Courtemanche said.

A list of the recipients can be found on the website.

“We want to move forward and upward to help more people,” Courtemanche said. “The goal of the foundation is to support youth and help stop crime.”

Article Source: Daily Republic 

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