Friday, May 9, 2008

Esperanza brunch celebrates las madres

On Mother's Day, it's a good and fine thing to say "hey" to your mama. But most mothers, despite their love of receiving, are giving people. One way to show appreciation to Mom is to give to others in her name.

There are plenty of ways to do that. For instance, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley will send out a notice to the recipient of a donation, as will other charities. But if you want to make a day of it and give to a good cause, try a little brunch.

The local Esperanza Chapter will hold a Mother's Day brunch, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 11, at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Sun Valley. Proceeds from the brunch will help a group of students build houses in a low-income community this summer.

A non-profit, non-sectarian, charitable corporation, Esperanza International works in partnership with communities in the Tijuana region of Mexico.

The brunch will consist of scrambled eggs with lots of extras, sausage, potatoes, muffins and juice. Felix Gonzalez will act as chef. Also, there will be mimosas available for a small fee. The cost is $12 dollars for adults and $5 for seniors and kids under 8. Children 4 and under will be free.

For Sam Farnham, a Ketchum resident and junior at The Community School, this will be his fourth time going to Mexico to work on building projects.

The group stays in La Gloria, south of Tijuana, in "a little place that was built by Esperanza volunteers," Farnham said. They work on different areas that are nearby. His father, Thad Farnham, will be accompanying him for the first time this year.

"We've done dinners to raise money but this is our first brunch," Sam said. "We want more people to be interested and involved and be aware. It's fun. I like the work, to speak Spanish better, hang out with the kids there and see how a not-so-privileged lifestyle is. We're kind of in a bubble here."

In Mexico, there are lots of projects going on at one time, Sam said. "We could be working on anything from breaking ground to putting on a roof."

The group will leave Sun Valley, Sunday, June 8, for a week.

"I'm excited about it," Thad Farnham said.

Since he is a builder by trade, his expertise should help.

Everyone is welcome to come support the kids, their project and partake of the Mother's Day brunch.

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