September 8, 2018

The Ventura Community Partners Foundation is hosting its inaugural Fairways & Fiesta event to benefit Ventura’s youth. Proceeds to go towards youth scholarships to be used for classes and
programs offered by the City of Ventura’s Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships department.


May 17, 2017 5:30-6:30 PM

Learn about how you can help support greater access to recreational opportunities throughout your community. Free snacks, games and prizes!

Celebrate the launch of the Ventura Community Partners Foundation (VCPF), on May 17, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at Ventura Community Park and Aquatic Center, 901 S. Kimball Road. The family-friendly event includes remarks by Ventura Mayor Erik Nasarenko, as well as refreshments, games and prizes.

VCPF was established to build community and enhance the livability of Ventura by developing and maintaining parks, recreation and cultural opportunities through partnerships and sustainable, diverse funding.

At the event, VCPF will thank Board Member David De Candia for his families’ $5,000 gift to provide local youth with Ventura Youth Basketball Programs and Swimming Scholarship opportunities. As the first donor supporting the new Ventura Plays Scholarship program, the De Candia family name will be engraved on the Donor Wall at the front entrance of the Aquatic Center. Additional Board Members are: Ed Wehan, Paul Drevenstedt, Kevin Clerici, Norbert Tan, Berta Defren Steele, Michelle Newell and Patrick Davidson.

In the US, the majority of children enter sports and other recreation classes around six years old. Families with low income, single mothers and minorities start their children in recreation classes almost two years later on average, with available funds being the limiting factor in early action.

Mayor Erik Nasarenko will make remarks at the reception and says “The new recreation scholarship program, Ventura Plays, increases opportunities for all children to engage in community recreation, sports, art and cultural activities. Through scholarships the Foundation provides, we level the playing field so more of Ventura’s children can play and develop the social and health skills and habits they will rely on for the remainder of their life.”

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