Saturday, August 19, 2017

Our 2017 Fundraiser -- Save the Date!

Hey Balers!

This year our Class of 1971 Scholarship Fundraiser will be held in San Juan Bautista on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the delightful Bear's Hideaway (402 Third Street).

The annual Silent Auction and Raffle will provide delicious appetizers by Chef Mike Fisher of Fisher's, a very popular restaurant and catering service in Hollister. Bear's Hideway has local and boutique wines, as well as craft beers, available for purchase.

The cost of tickets is $25.00 per person, and can be bought at the door. If you would like to reserve a space beforehand, contact El Presidente Rudy at rudyb50 at hotmail dot com.
Did you know that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Class of 1971 Scholarship? So, come and celebrate!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ten Years!

At the beginning, some people thought the Class of 1971 Scholarship was a crazy idea. Some kept their distance until they were assured it was a real deal. Come August, our scholarship will have been around for a full decade. Ten years!

Since 2009, the first year we awarded a scholarship, we have given out $18,000 to 14 young Baler men and women. The Class of 1971 Scholarship is the real deal. In fact, our class is the only alumni class of San Benito High School to sponsor a scholarship. Other former Balers from other classes are impressed with us, wishing their class would do something similar.  

Gabriel Espinoza, one of the first scholarship recipients,
graduated from Arizona State University in 2013.


The Beginning

After attending a Baler scholarship presentation night, Rudy Bermudes, president of the Class of 1971 Scholarship, noticed that no awards were given by graduating classes. “The light turned on,” he said, “I wanted to start a scholarship for my class.”

Rudy worked with Debbie Carrillo Villalon and Debbie Paura Overweser to make that dream become a reality. They wanted the scholarship to target the high school student with average grades, who decided to turn their life around, study harder, and get into a college, vocational school, or technical school after graduation.

Rudy was quoted this in a article in 2013:
By the time students have become a senior, they have what it takes to be committed to helping others. They have learned to be team players. They can see themselves furthering their education, but they don't have the means.

The first silent auction fundraiser was in May 2008 at Paine's Restaurant. It was a small turnout. Rudy, ever the optimistic, believed strongly that the support for the scholarship would grow each year.

Rudy was right. Each year, increasingly more '71 Balers and friends attend the annual fundraiser, as well as participate in the selection of scholarship recipients, the presentation of the scholarship, the planning of the fundraiser, and the solicitation of donations for the silent auction and raffle. Today, the scholarship fund has $35,000 in its account. Pretty darn good, don't you think?

We can't say it enough. Many thanks to Rudy, Debbie V., and Debbie O. for unselfishly creating a scholarship in our class's name. Also a grand round of applause to us for making it go the distance as we say thank you to each other.

Cheers to another 10 years and more for the Class of 1971 Scholarship!

'71 Balers Rock!!
~ Susie Echaore-McDavid

2008 Fundraiser

2016 fundraiser

A Proud '71 Baler

A long, long, time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

It’s been 46 years since I graduated from San Benito Joint Union High School, Hollister High. So much life has happened since then.

I am grateful for the many opportunities that I have been given. I do confess to wishing that I had been better able, prepared, to make the most out of all of them and wonder, what if?

It is for this simple reason that I feel such pride in what our Class of 1971 Scholarship provides to deserving students. An award removes barriers and minimizes limitations, allowing students to fly, to experience, to learn, and to grow.

There are individuals that can write an $18,000 check and this is good. There are also many of us that can each contribute a little bit to get to $18,000. When I think about our impact on young minds and the number of people that they will touch, I proudly declare myself a Baler, Class of '71.

~ Gene Carrillo, Jr.

Gene made the scholarship presentation in 2013.

A New Venue

Photo courtesy of Susie Echaore-McDavid.

Our scholarship fundraiser will be in San Juan Bautista this year. Did you notice?

No golfing beforehand, sorry. But, you can hike the De Anza trail or do some sweet strolling through the mission city's streets before or after the fundraiser.

Our venue is Bear's Hideaway, a wine, beer, and cigar bar on the main drag. 403 Third Street, to be exact. It's a cute place, with a lovely garden patio, run by nice and friendly people. They offer local area wines and handcrafted beers for sale.

It's a great place to relax and enjoy yourself and your company. A perfect setting for our fundraiser, which will be on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

To check out more about Bear's Hideaway, visit its website or Facebook page.

Check this site if you want to know about stuff to do, to buy, to see, and all that in San Juan Bautista. For information about the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (the former Old Stagecoach Road), check out these pages at Take 25 to Hollister

Photo courtesy of Susie Echaore-McDavid

Who's the Caterer?

Photos on the page courtesy of Take 25 to Hollister.

Chef Mike Fisher will be again creating and serving us delicious food at the scholarship fundraiser on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Drooling already?

A former Baler, Chef Mike owns the popular Fisher's Restaurant on main street, across from the Veterans Memorial Building, in Hollister.  He and his team also offer catering services. For more about Chef Mike, check out the restaurant's website and Facebook page.

The hours of the fundraiser will be shorter this year so instead of a full lunch menu, Chef Mike will provide us with tasty appetizers made of quality local ingredients from the county and the Central Coast. Be sure to bring your appetite.