The Ark Gala 2014
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sister Milagros Tormo, M.J.M.J., President
Freddie Martinez Sr., Vice President
Rene Esquivel, Chairperson
Sandra V. Allison, Secretary
Josephine W. Miller, Treasurer
Daniel Carlisle
Luis A. Elizondo
Sandra S. Hartensteiner-Worst
Arthur S. Ramirez
Jay Sanchez
Margaret S. Villarreal
THE ARK GALA 2014
Edelia Treviño, Chairperson

Dear Friend:

December 29, 1999 will mark 15 years since The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth received a license from the state to care for children and youth who are removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) due to abuse or neglect by a parent or guardian.

That anniversary will be celebrated at The Ark Gala, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd., in Robstown. 

KIII TV-3 News Anchor Joe Gazin will be the master of ceremonies for the nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency’s 15th annual gala that consists of silent and live auctions, a dinner and a program featuring panelists sharing how their services impact the shelter’s residents. 

This year’s event will be dedicated to the Most Rev. Rene Henry Gracida, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi − the only remaining member of the clergy that was instrumental in the organization’s formation. He was among the speakers at a press conference held to announce plans to create The Ark on Nov. 3, 1994 – nearly 20 years ago. 

Could you be a table sponsor? Sponsorships are available at the following levels: The Ark ($15,000), Stork ($10,000), Dove ($5,000), Giraffe ($2,500) and Leopard ($1,000). All of them offer a table seating 10 with signage and recognition during the gala. In order to assure recognition of your generous contribution in our printed program at the event, we need your commitment or payment by July 18. After the gala, the sponsors will be thanked in our newsletter and on our website. Please contact us as soon as possible so we can reserve your table. (Individual seats cost $60 per person.) If you can’t attend the gala, you can mail a tax-deductible monetary gift to The Ark. Any amount you send will be appreciated. Tax-deductible donations for the auction are needed by Aug. 1. Auction donors will receive signage at the auction.

The gala’s proceeds will be applied toward offering quality services that make a difference in the children’s lives at The Ark. It is the only licensed facility within an 80-mile radius that’s contracted by the Texas State Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to provide assessment services and emergency shelter for 37 minors, ages 0 through 17.

We look forward to hearing from you. God bless you and your family.

Sincerely, 
Delma Trejo                 
Executive Director/Administrator 

Sister Milagros Tormo, M.J.M.J.
Board President




CMS 5K Benefiting The Ark

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Bealls offering discounts for donating to The Ark by March 27
   The public is invited to take advantage of a win-win opportunity for a limited time at Bealls stores in Aransas Pass, Beeville, Corpus Christi, Portland, Port Lavaca, Rockport and Victoria. 

   When people make a purchase at a Bealls store in one of those cities by March 27, 2014, the PIN pad will ask if they’d like to donate $1, $5 or $10 to The Ark. If a donation is made, customers will receive a Community Counts savings pass for their generosity.

   The savings pass will be valid for 30 percent off on regular price, sale and clearance purchases during Bealls’ spring sale March 19-27. For the first time ever, it will also be good for 10 percent off purchases of all so-called “Yes! items” (already at everyday low prices), as well as most cosmetics and fragrances.

    “Our mission is to give back to the communities we serve!” says the store’s printed material of its “30 Days of Giving” campaign. “In that spirit, 100 percent of your donation will benefit a local organization, selected by your store team members.”




December 2013 Newsletter
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2013 Coastal Bend Day of Giving

The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth is pleased to be one of the nonprofit agencies that were selected to benefit from the Coastal Bend Day of Giving on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.
 

Day of Giving Give online that day, and your donation will double!

Thanks to the generosity of South Texas foundations, 30 local organizations will be eligible to receive matching funds for financial gifts of at least $10 that are donated online via major credit/debit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) at www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org during the fifth Coastal Bend Day of Giving.
 
Contributions will only be accepted at that website for 24 hours starting at midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 12 and ending at 11:59:59 p.m. the same day. Financial gifts to the Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth or one of the other nonprofits that provide basic needs will be matched dollar for dollar up to $13,335 per agency.  
 
All gifts made through the website are processed by a nonprofit service that facilitates online donations. A 3.95 percent credit card processing fee will be charged. Each donor will receive an email receipt for tax purposes.
 
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, your help will mean so much more. Every dollar benefiting abused and neglected children makes a difference. Ten dollars will provide a full day’s supply of diaper rash ointment/skin protectant to treat and prevent diaper rash, as well as to soothe the irritated skin of two newborn infants at the shelter (changed hourly). New arrivals usually bleed due to severe diaper rash.
 
To make your contribution on that day, log on to www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org − a dedicated website that will make giving a quick, easy and secure process. If you don’t have a computer, one will be available at the shelter to facilitate your donation. Please visit www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org for more information.
 
The Ark: (361) 241-6566





Third Annual Golf Tournament for The Ark

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The Ark Gala 2013

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CMS 5K benefiting The Ark
1st ANNUAL "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN"
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Calallen Middle School will be holding its first annual 5k Run/Walk. All proceeds will benefit The Ark.
Date: Saturday, April 13th, 2013
Time:7:30 a.m.
  Location:Calallen Middle School
Distance:5k Run/Walk
 
Entry Fee: $25 $30 after April 1st
$35 packet pick up or race day
No Refunds (Rain or Shine)
No shirt guaranteed after April 1st
 
Register: Sign up online by clicking ONLINE REGISTRATION at
 
Post Event Photography:
Race participants will be given the opportunity to have a 5" x 7" professional photo taken in front of a custom "Step and Repeat" for only $7 sponsored by Strawbridge, Studios, Inc.
 
Deadline to register: Online by 4/12/13 or in person on 4/12/13 at packet pickup location or day of race
Awards: Overall Male and Female, Masters (40 to 59) Male and Female, Grand Masters (60 plus) Male and Female and 1st / 2nd / 3rd place Male and Female Age Group Awards
5K Walk: 1st / 2nd / 3rd Male and Female. No Age Group Awards for the Walk

 
Age Groups:(5K Run Only - Male and Female)
6 to 8, 9 to 10, 11 to 12, 13 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69, 70 plus Age Group award cannot be combined with Overall Award

 
Packet-Pick Up:
Friday, April 12th, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Calallen Middle School Gymnasium. Calallen Middle School is located at 4602 Cornett Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78410. Race Day Packet Pickup will be held on Saturday, April 13th starting at 6:30 a.m.

 
Race Day Registration:
Saturday, April 13th, 2013 starting at 6:30 a.m.
 
Course: Start-Calallen Middle School Track. See Course Map @ https://www.onestoprace.com/images/imagebin/7671/Catch-Me-5K-Course-Map.jpg

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1st ANNUAL "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN"
CMS 5KRun/Walk
 
First Name:_______________
Last Name:___________________Age:_____
Address:______________________________________________________
City/State/Zip Code: ____________________________________________
Phone #: ____-____-_________
Gender: (Circle) M F
Event: (Circle) 5k Run 5k Walk
T-Shirt Size: (Circle) Adult: S, M, L, XL, XXL
Youth: S, M, L
(Not Guaranteed)
 
Waiver of Liability:
I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity that could cause injury or death. I should not enter unless I am medically able and properly trained.  By my signature(s), I certify that I am medically able to perform this event, am in good health, and agree to abide by any decision of race official relative to any aspect of my participation in this event including the right of any official to deny or suspend my participation for any reason whatsoever. I assume all risks associated with running in this event, including but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity, traffic, and the conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release Calallen ISD, City of Corpus Christi, all sponsors, their representatives and successors from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event, even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver.
 
Signature:_____________________________________________________
Parent Signature (if under 18):______________________________________
DATE: _____________

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Calallen Middle School
4602 Cornett Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78410
361-242-5672
Fax to 361-242-5680

Dear CATCH ME IF YOU CAN CMS 5K RUN/WALK Supporter,
 
The Calallen Middle School NJHS/STUDENT COUNCIL students are proud to announce the first annual CMS 5K RUN/WALK on Saturday, April 13, 2013. The purpose of the run is to promote the CATCH program. CATCH is a coordinated school health program which builds an alliance of parents, teachers, child nutrition personnel, school staff, and community partners to teach children and their families how to be healthy for a lifetime. All proceeds from the race will go to The ARK Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth, located in Calallen.
 
Our minimum sponsorship is $200. The benefits of being a sponsor are: your logo on the back of the shirt, your company's name advertised on the radio, on several running websites, social media, and a digital banner that will be displayed at the finish line. Also, you have the opportunity to advertise by putting your company's name on products in the runner's goodie bag. Sponsors are encouraged to come set up a tent on the Calallen Middle School football field from the hours of 7:00 am-9:00 am and hand out replenishing snacks and drinks for our runners/walkers. The sponsor money will be used to pay for race expenses and any money left over will be given to The Ark.
 
The SPONSOR DEADLINE is APRIL 1ST. Make checks payable to
Calallen Middle School and email your company logo to akirchoff@calallen.org
 
 
 
Thank you for your support, NJHS/STUDENT COUNCIL SPONSORS
 
Amanda Kirchoff - akirchoff@calallen.org
Wilma Cavazos – wcavazos@calallen.org
Ann Huddelston – ahuddelston@calallen.org
Katie Yaklin – kyaklin@calallen.org

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December 2012 Newsletter
 



Coastal Bend Day of Giving - November 13th 2012
The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth is pleased to be one of the nonprofit agencies that were selected to benefit from the Coastal Bend Day of Giving on Tuesday,Nov. 13, 2012. 

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Give online that day, and your donation will double!
 
Thanks to the generosity of South Texas foundations, 30 local organizations will be eligible to receive matching funds for financial gifts of at least $10 that are donated online via major credit/debit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) at www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org during the fourth Coastal Bend Day of Giving.
 
Contributions will only be accepted at that website for 24 hours starting at midnight Monday, Nov. 12 and ending at 11:59:59 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. 
 
Financial gifts to the Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth or one of the other nonprofits that provide basic/core needs will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,333 per agency.  
 
All gifts made through the website are processed by JustGive.org, a nonprofit service that facilitates online donations. A 4.5 percent credit card processing fee will be charged. Each donor will receive an e-mail receipt for tax purposes.
 
On Tuesday,Nov. 13, your help will mean so much more. Every dollar makes a difference. Ten dollars will provide a four-day supply of diaper rash ointment/skin protectant for 30 abused/neglected children at the shelter. To make your contribution on that day, log on to www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org − a dedicated website that will make giving a quick, easy and secure process. If you don’t have a computer, one will be available at the shelter to facilitate your donation.
The Ark: 361-241-6566




The Ark Gala 2012

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2nd Annual Golf Tournament

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Dec 2011 News Letter





Day of Giving
The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth is pleased to be one of the nonprofit agencies that once again were selected to benefit from the Coastal Bend Day of Giving on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

Give online Tuesday, November 15, and your donation will double!
Thanks to the generosity of 13 local foundations, 22 organizations will be eligible to receive matching grants for financial gifts of at least $10 that are donated online via credit or debit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) during the third Coastal Bend Day of Giving at www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org.
Donations to The Ark or one of the other nonprofits that provide basic/core needs will be matched dollar for dollar up to $11,800 per organization.
All gifts made through the Web site will be processed by JustGive.org, a service that accepts online donations. (A $2 tax-deductible charity fee that goes to JustGive.org will be charged per transaction.) Each donor will receive an e-mail receipt for tax purposes.
Every dollar makes a difference. To make your contribution on Tuesday, November 15 at the dedicated Web site that will make giving a quick, easy and secure process, log on to: www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org.

 





First Benefit Golf Tournament for The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth
 

Tournament Time and Location
When: Monday, June 27, 2011. Tee time is 8:00 a.m.  Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. If enough players are registered, an afternoon tournament will be held (morning and afternoon filled in order of registration).
 
Where: North Shore Country Club, 801 East Broadway Avenue, Portland, TX 78374
Phone: 361-643-1546
 
Tournament Play, Games and Prizes:
Entry fee is $100 per player. Entry fee includes breakfast, snacks, cart and green fees, lunch and an entry for drawing of door prizes.
 
Play is a four-person scramble, best ball all the way.
 
Prizes will be given to teams for first, second and third place. Two consolation prizes will also be given.
 
On selected holes, prizes will be given for “closest to the pin” and “longest drive.” The winner of the putting contest will also receive a prize.
 
Mulligans will be available for purchase.
 
Hole Sponsorships
Hole sponsorships are a great way to publicize your company’s name while supporting this very worthy cause in our community that serves many children of the Coastal Bend. Three levels of hole sponsorship are available:
 
Lion: $1,000 (Includes four-person team)
Gazelle: $500 (Includes two players)
Dove: $250 (Includes one player)
 
As a sponsor, a sign with your company’s logo and level of sponsorship will be placed at a tee box. Recognition will be given to sponsors on The Ark’s Web site and in a future newsletter. To sponsor a hole please e-mail the following information by Monday, June 20th:
 
Company Name
 
Contact Person Name
 
Contact Phone Number
 
Contact E-mail
 
Level of Sponsorship

Tournament Registration
Please e-mail the following information for teams and individuals. (This information is for tournament use only and will not be shared with anyone.) Registration deadline is Friday, June 24th. 
 
Team Name (or Individual Player)
 
Name #1/handicap
 
Name #2/handicap
 
Name #3/handicap
 
Name #4/handicap
 
Contact Phone Number
 
Contact E-mail
 
Contact Information
Please e-mail your contact information and company logo for hole sponsorship to: Art.Ramirez@valero.com. The information may also be mailed to:
 
Arthur S. Ramirez
Board Member
4221 Sugar Magnolia
Corpus Christi, TX 78410
 
Phone: 361-537-8735
 
Payment Information
Please do not send cash. For individuals, teams and hole sponsorships, please mail check made payable to:
 
The Ark Assessment Center
and Emergency Shelter for Youth
Attn: Delma Trejo
Executive Director/Administrator
12960 Leopard Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78410
 
 Phone: 361-241-6566
 
Thank you for supporting abused and neglected children in their time of need.




Dave Pelzer, best-selling author, to be keynote speaker at The Ark Gala on September 15, 2011

 

DEDICATED TO THE
MEMORY OF REV. MSGR.
ROBERT E. FREEMAN, P.A.
 
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
Sister Milagros Tormo, M.J.M.J.,
   President 
 
Freddie Martinez Sr.,
   Vice President
 
Rene Esquivel,
   Chairperson
 
Sandra V. Allison,
   Secretary
 
Josephine W. Miller,
   Treasurer
 
Luis A. Elizondo
 
Sandra S. Hartensteiner-Worst
 
Arthur S. Ramirez
 
Jay Sanchez
 
Margaret S. Villarreal
 
 
THE ARK GALA 2011
 
Jay Sanchez,
   Chairperson

 
Save the date
for The Ark Gala 2011: Thursday,
September 15


Joe Gazin: Master of Ceremonies



Dave Pelzer: The Ark Gala 2011 keynote speaker
June 2011

 

 
Dear Friend:
 
Although these are tough economic times, the community continues to show its generosity to The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth. We are grateful for your support because it helps us to do all that we can to make a difference in the lives of the children we serve.
 
The nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency cares for children and youth who are removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) due to abuse or neglect by a parent or guardian. It's the only licensed facility within an 80-mile radius that is contracted by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to provide assessment services and emergency shelter for 37 of these victims, ages 0 through 17.
 
The Ark Gala, consisting of silent and live auctions, a dinner and a program, is held annually to continue offering quality services to our children throughout the year. KIII TV-3 News Anchor Joe Gazin will be the master of ceremonies for the 12th annual gala that begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2011 at the Ortiz Center, 402 Harbor Drive, in Corpus Christi. The keynote speaker will be Dave Pelzer, the victim of one of the most extreme cases of child abuse in California's history and the author of seven inspirational books. His first book, "A Child Called 'It,'" has been on The New York Times Best Sellers List for more than six years. As an author, Pelzer is the first to have four No. 1 International Best Sellers and to have four books simultaneously on The New York Times Best Sellers List. Some have likened his wit to Robin Williams.
 
Could you be a table sponsor? Sponsorships are available at the following levels: The Ark ($15,000), Stork ($10,000), Dove ($5,000), Giraffe ($2,500) and Leopard ($1,000). All of them offer a table seating 10 with signage, as well as recognition during the gala. In order to assure recognition of your generous contribution in our printed program at the event, we need your commitment by September 6. After the fund raiser, the sponsors will be thanked in a write-up on our Web site. Please write to us as soon as possible so that we can reserve your table. (Individual tickets are $50 each.) If you can't attend the gala, you can mail a tax-deductible gift to The Ark. Any amount you send will be appreciated. Tax-deductible donations to the silent and live auctions are needed. Silent and live auction donors will receive signage at the auction.
 
For more information, please call (361) 241-6566. We look forward to hearing from you. God bless you and your family.
 
Sincerely,                                                                                                            

Delma Trejo
Executive Director/Administrator

Sister Milagros Tormo, M.J.M.J.
Board President
                                                     
 

 





The community shows its generosity during the Coastal Bend Day of Giving

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The Ark would like to thank everyone who made an online contribution to the agency during the Coastal Bend Day of Giving held November 16, 2010.

A total of $20,863.00 was donated to the shelter. All of the gifts made through the Coastal Bend Day of Giving website were processed by JustGive.org, a service that accepts online donations. After a 3 percent transaction fee is deducted for the registry service, $20,237.11 will be disbursed to The Ark.
 
The facility was one of 33 nonprofit organizations eligible to receive up to $6,294.00 in matching grants for financial gifts of at least $10.00 that were donated online via credit or debit cards (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) during the campaign at www.coastalbenddayofgiving.org
 
The $20,237.11 plus the maximum dollar for dollar match of $6,294.00 add up to a total award for The Ark of $26,531.11.
 
The shelter received a total of $17,829.06 through last year’s inaugural Coastal Bend Day of Giving.
 
The 10 local donor organizations that contributed $202,725 to be used for challenge grants to the 33 different charities were the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, Estill Foundation, Paul & Mary Haas Foundation, LaVerne & Thomas Howell Foundation, John G. & Marie Stella Kenedy Memorial Foundation, Morris L. Lichtenstein Jr. Foundation, Larry & Pat McNeil Foundation, Blanche Davis Moore Foundation, United Way of the Coastal Bend and the Lawrence Wood Foundation.
 
The Coastal Bend Day of Giving funds will be used for the residents’ needs, such as clothes, hygiene and personal grooming supplies, luggage, educational games, transportation and some meals at restaurants.
 
A closer look at how the shelter will use the Coastal Bend Day of Giving funds:
  • Clothes─ Half the children arrive at the shelter with only the clothes they are wearing. The rest may have a few clothing items in a trash bag. The agency receives used (and some new) clothing donations, but they are not enough to meet the children’s needs. Additional items will be purchased for the children so that they have enough clothes for seven days’ changes and to participate in school activities. When the children are discharged from The Ark, they will take the clothing with them. 
  • Hygiene and personal grooming supplies─ Some of those supplies are donated, but more are needed and will be purchased for the children’s use (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner, comb/brush, body lotion, electric shavers and travel bags). The children will leave with the supplies when they are discharged from the agency.
  •  Luggage─ Some used luggage donations are received. More will be bought so that each child will have luggage when he or she is discharged from the shelter. The luggage will contain seven days’ clothes, hygiene supplies and a travel bag, a donated book, a donated blanket, a donated stuffed animal and some toysSome of the children are admitted to the shelter carrying a few items of clothing in a trash bag. Owning luggagedoes more than prevent a child from being discharged from the shelter with virtually nothing to his or her name. It gives a child dignity and takes on a deeper significance to the child, an identity per se. It prompts the child to adopt a different mindset, one that says: “This is what I have to carry my belongings in ─ not a trash bag.”
  • Educational games─ Some used donations of this type are received, but a greater number are needed. New ones will be bought to enable the shelter to have a sufficient number of educational games to engage the children.
  •  Transportation ─ Although The Ark is not obligated to send the children to school while they reside at the facility, the shelter’s staff transports the students to and from (three or four) schools so that they will be educated in a normal environment instead of a shelter. These funds will pay for the costs incurred by The Ark’s vehicles in taking the children to and from school, medical visits and field trips to museums, fishing, etc.
  • Restaurant meals─ One restaurant offers The Ark meals at half price. Some meals will be bought at restaurants to allow the children to practice manners in public (such as serving oneself at a buffet), ordering appropriately from a menu, communicating with a server and ordering from a screen.





"A Caring Place to Land for the Abused and Neglected -
The Most Effective Way to Launch a Change for the Better"

Mission Statement

The Ark's mission is to provide a caring intervention for abused and neglected children and youth, ages 0 through 17, by placing them in a secure environment.

 
The Ark Assessment Center & Emergency Shelter for Youth
12960 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410
(361) 241-6566
Fax (361) 241-5279
email: dtrejo@ark4kids.com