Three couples have pledged a total of $30,000 in challenge grants for the Las Vegas New Mexico Community Foundation’s primary fundraiser.

If a separate $30,000 is raised during the foundation’s Chile Challenge on Nov. 19, donors Doyle and Pam Daves, Leveo and Patricia Sanchez, and Terry and Susie Mossman will match that money with their pledges.

The foundation could then turn over $60,000 to nonprofits in San Miguel and Mora counties. 

“We have received $30,000 in challenge grants this year to be matched through donations between now and the end of the Chile Challenge program,” said foundation chairman Elmo Baca said.

Last year, the foundation raised more than $50,000 during a virtual event, including $15,000 from two challenge grants; the money went to 18 nonprofits in both counties through grants.

Donations can be made on the foundation’s website or by check and mailed to the foundation, P.O. Box 1002, Las Vegas, NM 87701. Donations can also be made during the Chile Challenge Program.

Adelita Lujan, the last member of her family to run the former Estella’s Café in Las Vegas, will prepare traditional Northern New Mexico dishes for the Chili Challenge.

Local singers Karlitz DeMarco and Jordan Jones will perform during the fundraiser hosted by Bill Taylor and Rose-Contreras Taylor. A video segment or two will show grant recipients’ projects underway.

“The star of the show as usual will be historic Las Vegas and other area communities  along with our natural resources, the rivers, rangelands and mountains we value most,” Baca said.

The Chile Challenge will be on YouTube from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 19. 

Program sponsors are Southwest Capital Bank, Dick’s Restaurant and Pub, Historic Plaza Hotel, and Pendaries Village Community Foundation. 

Nov. 30 is the grant application deadline for this year’s nonprofits. Grant decisions will be made by Dec. 17.   

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