Wyatt Ranches Foundation Donates Over $ 300,000 To Area Organizations
Wyatt Ranches, on behalf of the Wyatt Ranches Foundation, awarded $ 309,000 in grants and donations to several organizations and government entities in South Texas during their third board meeting in 2021.
The 229th District Attorney, Gocha Allen Ramirez, accompanied by Bernice Garza, Victims of Crime Coordinator, and Deputy District Attorney Melody Rosa discussed the need to renovate and improve their victim support center in ‘criminal acts. The 229th Judicial District covers Starr, Duval and Jim Hogg counties. Victims of crime seek support, counseling, basic food, victim counseling and a myriad of other services from the center. Unfortunately, these services are required due to crimes of family violence, adult and child sexual assault, child abuse and other needs. The Foundation’s board members all agreed that victims of crime deserve such a facility during their time of vulnerability, fear and uncertainty. The Crime Victims Center is a former school campus, located in County Starr, and is currently undergoing renovations. The District Attorney presented various funding options at various levels which totaled $ 100,000. Council awarded the total amount requested and a grant of $ 100,000 was awarded. Similarly, a donation in the amount of $ 5,000 was made to Corpus Christi Hope House, an organization that provides shelter, food, training and other essential services in the city. coastal turn.
Grants and donations in the amount of $ 25,000 were given to Crime Stoppers organizations in the region. Ofelia Hunter, Melissa Cantu-Trevino and Alice Police Chief Eden Garcia appeared on behalf of Alice’s Crime Stoppers of South Texas, Inc. The organization is well known for its assistance to law enforcement agencies in the region in solving and preventing crime. The organization needed funds for its annual operations, training and community outreach. A grant in the amount of $ 20,000 was awarded to Crime Stoppers of South Texas. Additionally, the board members thanked Ofelia Hunter and Melissa Cantu-Trevino for their ability to accurately inform the community of issues and for their volunteerism in many ways. The Foundation also thanked Chief Garcia and thanked Alice’s Police Department for successfully reducing criminal activity significantly. In addition, a donation in the amount of $ 5,000 was given to the Duval County Crime Stoppers of Freer for their participation in a state-mandated training course.
Los Mesteños Career Academy, a charitable organization providing vocational, technical and medical training in rural South Texas, has applied for a grant in the amount of $ 50,000. Mauro Garcia and Robert Howard informed the Los Mesteños Community Outreach Foundation of the past and spoke about the number of nursing students who have been helped. With the pandemic on everyone’s mind, a grant in the amount of $ 50,000 was awarded to the training academy. Also, on an educational level, a donation of $ 5,000 was given to Rio Grande Grulla ISD for the purchase of an inflatable sports tunnel for their gymnasium. On behalf of the school’s indoor athletes, Guadalupe Peña, a parent in the city of Rio Grande, expressed the need for an indoor sports tunnel, valued at approximately $ 4,700.
Deedee Sisson, Carmelita Canales, Elida Ramirez and Eliza Chapa appeared on behalf of Neighbors Bringing Hope to Animals, or NOAH. The Alice-based organization provides animal care, protection, nutritional support and adoption services for abandoned dogs and cats. The group requested a donation of $ 5,000 for the care and rehabilitation of stray animals. However, the Board of Directors were touched by the evident enthusiasm and dedication of the presenters, and a grant of $ 15,000 was presented to the group.
Mayor John Howard and Field Marshal Jose Rene “Joe” Martinez appeared on behalf of the community of Agua Dulce and asked for funds for the town’s annual distribution of toys and specific John Deere equipment for public works and l ‘grounds maintenance. A grant in the amount of $ 27,000 was awarded for the city’s zero-turn mower and vacation toys. Robert Sakowitz, a board member of the Wyatt Ranches Foundation, suggested that the city marshal buy the toys now, due to overseas shipping constraints created by Covid-19, which could affect the timely arrival of holiday toys at US shipping ports. The ranches also demanded that John Deere machines be purchased from the local dealer Tellus Equipment Solutions in Jim Wells County.
Texas A&M University agricultural extension officer and former educator John Barton, of Duval County, and Romeo Ramirez, sheriff of Duval County, have applied for a grant for the county’s 4-H rifle range. Additional shelter and other upgrades were needed for the shooting range, which is located in Duval County Park. The range is used by 4-H students as well as by local law enforcement. A grant in the amount of $ 25,000 was awarded to improve the county park shooting range.
Finally, Duval County, District Two Emergency Services, Vice President Jorge “George” Gonzalez and District Chief Juan Garcia, requested a Zoll high-end heart monitor and ambulance defibrillator, from valued at $ 25,000 each, plus funds for the District Holiday Toy Gift. Chief Garcia recognized Wyatt Ranches for their previous grants for four ambulances and George Gonzalez reminded the board of directors that ambulances are the emergency rooms in rural Duval County. Board members recognized this fact and felt that two new heart monitors should be provided for the two current ambulances. These monitors accurately measure the patient’s blood pressure, oxygen levels, body temperature, breathing levels, heart rate and have other accessories including a defibrillator to restart the heart. A grant in the amount of $ 62,500 was awarded for the two advanced heart monitors and for the holiday toys. Chef Garcia was advised to purchase the toys as soon as possible at Alice’s local Walmart, if enough gifts were available on the store shelves.
Located in South Texas and also West Texas, Wyatt Ranches has six cattle ranching divisions. These cattle ranches are scattered south of Agua Dulce on the Rio Grande River; and west of Marfa in Valentine, with a few ranches supplemented by farms. The Wyatt Ranches Foundation has made numerous donations to government entities and nonprofits in rural South and West Texas… as well as donations to area hospitals and teaching universities. metropolitan areas of Texas. The Foundation’s Board of Directors includes the Hon. Ana Lisa Garza, Robert T. Sakowitz, Billy C. Wells, Oscar S. “Trey” Wyatt III, and Bradford A. Wyatt.