Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Message from Newly Appointed Vice President Andy Ramirez

One of the beautiful things about living in Fairfield is Matt Garcia saw what our city could be and started working towards it. What does our city look like through Matt’s eyes? And how can we make that dream of his come true?

It starts with something simple. Something as simple as picking up a piece of trash. By doing this, we are saying thank you for giving us a city where even the homeless and careless have more than enough to eat. We are living in gratitude.
How can we work towards Matt’s dream of supporting our youth? It’s easy. We encourage them to work hard at their goals, and we invest in their education. We encourage them to ask for help on the hard days and remind them that there is always someone there to help. 

Imagine what Fairfield would look like if all our kids knew there was a group of people working for their future. Know that the Matt Garcia foundation is this group of people. I think Matt was right when he said, “This is the place to be!”

Our students have hopes and dreams. We’re showing them the ways and fundraising the means. 

Andy Ramirez, Vice President

Direct: 707.372.4160

Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Help us to help our local youth!

If 1,000 people will donate just $10 to the Matt Garcia Foundation this “Giving Tuesday” 11/28, we can raise $10,000 for youth-related causes in our community! Will you help us and make a tax-deductible donation today?

Ways to donate:

*Paypal: The Matt Garcia Foundation
*Mail check to PO Box 3301, Fairfield, CA 94533
*Drop off cash/check donations at our downtown office
(717 Texas St. Fairfield) on Tuesday from 5-7pm.

Thank you,
Teresa Courtemanche, President
The Matt Garcia Foundation

Direct: 707.372.4160

Sunday, November 26, 2023

What happens when we sleep?

Sleep is central to maintaining your physical and mental health, but many people don't sleep enough. We all do it, but what happens to us when we sleep?

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Monday, November 20, 2023

Community Clean Up Saturday, November 25th.

When: Saturday, November 25, 2023
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Where: Matt Garcia Foundation Office, 717 Texas Street, Fairfield, CA 94533

The Matt Garcia Foundation will provide gloves, garbage pickers and buckets for collecting the trash.

Students can earn community service hours. Lunch provided after the cleanup.

For more information

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Friday, November 17, 2023

Message from President Teresa Courtemanche

The Matt Garcia Foundation is pleased and excited to announce our new Vice President, Andy Ramirez. 

Andy has been a Matt Garcia Foundation Board member for many years. Andy's commitment, dedication and leadership to The Matt Garcia Foundation and our mission has been evident throughout all these years. I am so hopeful and excited for our future at The Matt Garcia Foundation. Thank you, Andy!

We are eternally grateful for all our amazing volunteers, donors, board members, and their families. Without ALL of YOU, the foundation would not be successful.

As we move into our 15th year in existence, we are also moving into new opportunities of growth. 

Please consider volunteering with The Matt Garcia Foundation. If you feel called, we are also accepting advisory board members to our team.

Thank you ALL for All that YOU do.

Teresa Courtemanche

Direct: 707.372.4160

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

How does your immune system work? - Emma Bryce

Explore how your immune system’s vast network of cells, tissues, and organs coordinate your body’s defenses against bacteria, viruses and toxins.


The immune system is a vast network of cells, tissues, and organs that coordinate your body’s defenses against any threats to your health. Without it, you’d be exposed to billions of bacteria, viruses, and toxins that could make something as minor as a paper cut or a seasonal cold fatal. So how does it work? Emma Bryce takes you inside the body to find out.

Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Cabong Studios.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

2023 Golf Tournament

A HUGE thank you to ALL who made this year’s Matt Garcia Annual Charity Golf Tournament a tremendous success - from the golfers, to each and every one of our generous sponsors and all of the awesome volunteers! It was a perfect morning out at the beautiful Rancho Solano Golf Course, beginning with Lenny Williams from “Tower of Power” singing the National Anthem, followed by a day of golfing, eating, drinking, and fun. 

The day culminated with a lovely dinner banquet where Lesley Snedeker DePorto and Joey Ramirez were remembered and honored, along with a silent and a live auction and raffle prize winners being announced. Throughout this amazing day, we could definitely feel Matt’s inspirational spirit with us.

With your help, we were able to not only meet but EXCEED our monetary goal! These funds will be used to provide scholarships to underprivileged youth, as well as support many of our other community events and worthwhile causes. THANK YOU AGAIN TO EVERYONE INVOLVED!

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Sunday, November 5, 2023

Why is biodiversity so important? - Kim Preshoff

Our planet’s diverse, thriving ecosystems may seem like permanent fixtures, but they’re actually vulnerable to collapse. Jungles can become deserts, and reefs can become lifeless rocks. What makes one ecosystem strong and another weak in the face of change? Kim Preshoff details why the answer, to a large extent, is biodiversity. 

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