$1 Million in Giving Achievement

In March 2018 Santa Fe Hestia Fund reached a milestone achievement granting over $1 Million Dollars since its inception in 2008 to local programs in support of underprivileged seventh and eighth graders in the community.  Hestia is a women’s giving circle with a mission to improve high school graduation rates in Santa Fe by providing financial support to local programs that engage and support middle school students. The fund is established at the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Read the full press release.

Hestia celebrated this achievement with past and present Hestia Members, representatives from grantee organizations, and Santa Fe community members and officials at an event on May 2, 2018. Current chair Yvonne Sininger introduced the special guest Susan Priem, the founder of both Boston Hestia and Santa Fe Hestia Funds who was presented with a glass plaque and beautiful necklace by local artist Lawrence Baca. Lawrence’s work was chosen specifically because his jewelry beautifully represents Santa Fe culture.  The necklace was selected and presented by current Santa Fe Hestia members Suzanne Cisneros and Kathy Elliot. The gift honors Susan’s commitment to philanthropy and the Santa Fe Community. Kathryn Marshall, Hestia’s recently retired program administrator for the past years, was also honored with a glass plaque. Thank you Kathryn!

Santa Fe Hestia also screened the premiere of its short promotional film to the delight of all who attended. A special thank you for making the film a success goes to Linda Nelson, the film’s producer and founding member of Santa Fe Hestia Fund.  The film was created under the direction of Chris Jonas from Little Globe of Santa Fe. Thank you Chris!