Posted by: The I AM Foundation | October 23, 2010

La Luz and The I AM Foundation Impact Children of the Farm Workers in Sonoma Valley

The Children of La Luz with Steve, Marilyn and Chris Oscar

Mother and daughter of the La Luz Community enjoys their I AM! Affirmation Book

On Friday, October 29th, 2010, The I AM Foundation held  it’s first Book Gifting Event in Sonoma Valley to support the children of the local farm workers. The event took place at La Luz Center Booker Hall. Over 200 families received  The I AM Foundation’s bi-lingual books, The I AM! Affirmation Book and I Am The Earth in English-Spanish to help children in Sonoma Valley build their literacy and self-esteem. The bi-lingual books are helpful for them to be able to read with their migrant farm worker parents and families.

We had a special Espanol Translator that evening in “Kari” Karina Garcia (pictured above with Dr. Marilyn Powers), a career broadcasting executive with Aztec America. Karina said ” It was a pleasure helping out with the translating at La Luz.  As I mentioned that day, I love being involved with events benefiting our community and your books are an inspiration.”

Dr. Marilyn Powers said, “This work is so important for these children growing up to feel part of society and that they are valued, loved and have unique talents and gifts to share with the world.

Chris, Susi and Steve

This event was sponsored by Christopher Oscar of Century 21 Wine Country in Sonoma (pictured in yellow shirt above.) Chris Oscar says “I am honored to be a Cause Marketing Partner with The I AM Foundation. Whenever anyone buys or sells a home with me in Sonoma Valley, this is the result: Impacting the Children of Sonoma Valley with literacy and self-esteem.” As a cause marketing sponsor Chris Oscar is committing 10% of his real estate commissions to fund these programs for the children of the Sonoma Valley community. To contact Chris Oscar, please visit him at or call707.287.2285.

Special Note: Chris Oscar was also very instrumental in helping Steve and Marilyn move to Sonoma.

Book Gifting at La Luz

Maricarmen Reyes Larios, Coordinator of Educational Programs/Family Advocate at La Luz shared about the event: La Luz is forever grateful to all of you for making this event possible. Not only were children empowered, but more so the parents and older siblings filled with smiles and optimism. Thank you for working together and really bringing out the sense of community to Sonoma Valley!”

The I AM Foundation would also like to thank all of the volunteers who supported the event from La Luz and Susi Seibert and Tom Tischner.

La Luz Board Members with The I AM Foundation Team

For more information on La Luz:

La Luz Center/Centro La Luz

17560 Greger St. Sonoma, CA 95476

Direct Line 707-938-5131 Ext. 106



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