Liga MAC Turns 20

Anniversary fundraiser planned for March 14

You could say that Liga MAC has done pretty well for itself over the years. What started out as a small group of volunteers handing out food hampers in 1997 has grown into a registered Mexican charity that annually awards 450 scholarships and helps more than 1,200 families with food vouchers, emergency medical assistance, and advocacy. And that’s before noon. They do more.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the group is hosting the Liga MAC Celebrates 20 fundraiser from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14 at the Hilton. The event will be a celebration of Liga MAC’s 20 years of service, as well as a thank you to its volunteers and donors.

The fundraiser will feature a three-course sit down dinner by Chef Mauricio Lopez, live and silent auctions conducted by celebrity auctioneer Danny Hooper, live music, and dancing. General admission tickets are $150 USD or $350 for VIP. Tables of 10 are also available for purchase, if you have nine friends. Tickets available online at, or can be purchased at Pez Gordo Art Gallery, and the Palmilla and San Jose organic markets.

The MAC ladies receive no government funding and relie on volunteers, foundation grants, sponsors, and individual donors to finance its programs. Those programs include the ACE (educational scholarship) program; the Despensa Program, where food vouchers are issued to qualified families on a short-term basis; and a medical program where Liga MAC steps in with medical assistance, food vouchers and advice so students don’t have to miss school to care for sick relatives. And that’s just before 3 pm. They do more,

Liga MAC also offers auxiliary and complementary courses. Supplementing the ACE scholarship program are Alas, a five-week self-awareness program for girls ages 12 to 15; Aguillas, a similar program for boys ages 12 to 15; English as a Second Language; and periodic classes in music, art, and math. Added to the Despensa program are mandatory classes for the adults in nutrition, health, budgeting and domestic violence. Liga MAC also partners with INEA, a branch of the federal government that provides adult education courses and diplomas for primary and secondary education. And that’s just before 6 pm. The ladies do more.

Liga MAC’s programs are administered by a staff of four in San Jose. The majority of new Liga MAC clients are by referral, and they work tightly with local government and non government agencies to ensure that no one is lost in a paperwork shuffle. For more information on the fundraiser or Liga MAC in general, visit the website at or email