CEF Scholar Raises $1000 for Homeboy Industries
When CEF Scholar Maria Castañon first met Fr. Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries four years ago, little did she know that she would one day be able to present him with a check for $1000 to support his cause. Fr. Greg had a speaking engagement at San Gabriel Mission High School at the time and Castañon was only a freshman.
Earlier this year, Castañon organized a benefit concert as part of the Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) requirement of Mission’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Since she is part of the San Gabriel Mission Marimba Ensemble at the San Gabriel Mission Church, Castañon thought that it would be a good idea for her group to put on a show to help them raise money to fund a summer trip to perform in Arizona. The concert took place at the San Gabriel Mission Parish Center on January 17, 2016, and raised $2000 from ticket sales and donations. Half of those proceeds went to Castañon’s group and the other half was donated to Homeboy Industries.
“For me, being Catholic also means being united with everyone, as a church and as a community. As a group, we decided on Homeboy Industries because we all [believe in] second chances,” she explained.
Castañon graduated in May and will be starting her freshman year of college at the University of La Verne this fall. She was also part of the first IB cohort at Mission to graduate from the program and successfully received the IB diploma. Castañon will be majoring in Spanish and minoring in Communication Studies and Media and hopes to one day become a Spanish director and producer.