Did you know that by going to The Burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra™, you are helping raise money for the children of our community?
- A grant was made to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe/Del Norte to fund a new $40,000 playground at the southside location, addressing the needs of the city's most affordable-housing sector for families. Read more about it here from the article in the Santa Fe New Mexican.
- A grant of $1,500 was made to the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe to help fund their early childhood education program, answering the 2016 State-of-the-City call by Mayor Gonzales for a community commitment to invest in early childhood education.
- A grant of $2,000 was made to Girls, Inc. of Santa Fe for the March 2016 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camp; and Girls, Inc. of Santa Fe was just recognized as one of the 2016 Outstanding Affiliates by Girls. Inc. National.
- A grant of $1,000 was made to Communities in Schools New Mexico, to assist the program's placement of social worker-trained coordinators in schools to assess student needs and provide critical resources for student success.
- A grant of $1,000 was made to Santa Fe Youthworks, to help the program provide life skills, leadership development, job training and experience with environmentally-based work crews and local business apprenticeships.
The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe also performs annual service projects throughout the year in partnership with with important local initiatives:
- The Club annually fields a team for the April Bowl for Kids' Sake.
- The Club mans a annual booth at Santa Fe Community Day on the Plaza, this year on May 14, 2016.
- The Club hosts an annual Zozobra Night with the Santa Fe Fuego, this year on June 3, 2016.
- The Club annually mans a booth at National Night Out on the Plaza, this year on August 2, 2016.
- The Club annually maintains a booth at the Girls, Inc. Arts and Crafts Show on the Plaza, this year on August 6, 2016.
Since 1964, when artist Will Shuster gave the exclusive rights for Zozobra to the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, the Club has given $1.6 million back to the Santa Fe community in the form of grants, scholarships and a variety of civic improvement projects funded by the net proceeds of Zozobra. While the Burning of Zozobra cherishes its traditional home in its historic downtown location, the Kiwanis Club is committed to serving the entire Santa Fe community, actively seeking opportunities to address the needs of children living in every part of the city.
As keepers of Zozobra's flame, the Santa Fe Kiwanis work diligently to protect and preserve the legacy of creator Will Shuster, and they use the history of the Burning of Zozobra as an educational tool.
The Zozobra Decades Project, launched in 2014, is a tour through the successive decades of Zozobra's existence, which will culminate in a gala 100th anniversary in 2024. Each decade represents a specific historical era as experienced in New Mexico, the U.S.A., and the world, with the entire Zozobra event designed to mirror the art, culture and history of the decade. 2014 saw the Roaring 20's come to life, 2015 showcased the Depression era 1930s, and 2016 offers a unique opportunity to focus on the 1940s, a time of world disruption especially resonant to today's global conflicts.