August 3, 2001

Another Successful Year for the Martinez Foundation

Pearl Martinez of the Thomas and Pearl Martinez Foundation is happy to report that they have just completed their annual program of cash incentive awards to Latino sixth and fifth grade students.

Tom Martinez (center) presents Karla D. Leano (left) with a special Incentive Award. To the right of Tom is Pearl Martinez.

Through the generous contributions of Linda and Tim Sexton of San Diego, the Toomy Foundation of Puerto Rico, and consistent friend and supporter Robert L. White, also of Puerto Rico, the Foundation was able to expand it's program of cash incentive awards to sixth-grade Latino students at San Ysidro Middle School. This year receive the awards were: Joel Ruiz, Daniel Meza, Ivette Mendoza, Adrian Victorio, and Ann Marie Ruiz.

Five awards were presented to fifth graders at Sherman Elementary School and too, two students in each of the nine National District schools.

Linda Sexton presented awards at the MacDowell Elementary School to Daisy Bahena, Jesus Bello and Lucio Calderon.

Mrs. Martinez gave out awards at Logan Elementary to Edith Zembrano, Ana Laura Frausto, Freddie Gonzalez, Crystal Sauceda, Martin Padilla, and Edgar Vital.

At Perkins Elementary, awards were presented to Karen Gil, Jaime Sanchez, Rafael Lopez, and Daniel Martinez.

At King Elementary, the awards went to Bianca Acosta, Candy Arias, and Lizeth Villavincencio.

A good friend of the Foundation, Philip M. Friedman, presented awards at the Cesar Chavez Elementary School to Gilbrann Casanova, Andrea Flores, and Neiba Torres. He also was the presenter at Emerson Elementary where Mabel Gama, Yesenia Bustos, Christine Nieto received awards.

A special incentive award was presented by Thomas Martinez to Karla D. Leano who graduated from Montgomery High School.

Mr and Mrs Martinez have been making these awards for over ten years, but due to health problems, were not able to be present at all the schools. They are hoping to have additional volunteers next year to make award presentations for this worthwhile program which encourages young Latino students to continue their education and possibly go to college.

If you wish more information about the Martinez Foundation, call 619-691-1707.

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