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Thank You to Our Generous Event Sponsors!


2016 Program Sponsors

We are so grateful to all our event sponsors for our upcoming Cinco de Mayo Celebrations! A huge thank you to Advanced Economic Solutions, Coldwell Banker Commercial, Landmark Professional Mortgage Company, Martinez Contracting Inc., Sandy Melhorn CPA PC, and VIPs Inc.

It’s Coming! Save the Date for Cinco de Mayo 2016

Cinco de Mayo Salem 2016 Invitation

February 2016 Newsletter

Check out the latest happenings with Friends of Pimpollo! Read our most recent newsletter here!

Progress In Motion – Celebrating 15 Years

Fifteen years ago, Friends of Pimpollo came to be. We are living proof of Progress In Motion. Check out our latest video to learn more about how we have progressed since we were founded in 2000.

A special thank you to Wavelength Studio, Foto Velázquez, and Julie Hoy for creating this video!

Join Us For Our 7th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration – “Progress in Motion”

You’re invited to our 7th Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration, “Progress in Motion,” which also will mark our 15th Anniversary as an organization! The celebration is so big that there will be not one, but two events. Our Salem celebration will be held on Tuesday, May 5th from 12:00-1:00 at the Salem Convention Center and our Portland celebration will be held on Wednesday, May 6th at 7:00 pm at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport. Bonifacio Luis Hernandez, program coordinator extraordinaire in Vicente Guerrero, will be our keynote speaker at both events.

Please RSVP to by May 4th to attend the Salem celebration and by May 5th to attend our Portland celebration. All are welcome to attend!

Join us for one or both events!

15th Anniversary Cinco de Mayo Salem Invitation15th Anniversary Cinco de Mayo Portland Invitation

Building Dreams Together

Friends of Pimpollo set out to help children, young adults and individuals accomplish their dreams. With your help, together, we have done just that. Success is not just measured in the number of schoolrooms constructed or meals served, but is evident in the college graduations, children excelling in the classroom, and parents learning to read and write.

Students have realized their dreams and potential. Families have hope. The community is unified. With your continued support, we look forward to what students will dream up next. We continue to walk with them as they strive for a dignified education.

“A Rising Tide Raises All Boats”

A Rising Tide Raises All BoatsA special thank you to the St. John the Apostle fourth grade class for creating our centerpieces and decorations for this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The class designed over 300 boats of all varieties- canoes, barges, sailboats, cruise ships… all representing that “a rising tide raises all boats.”

The entire class attended the Salem Cinco de Mayo luncheon and three student representatives shared about the classes experience serving others:

“The reason we love Friends of Pimpollo is because they focus on education. Being students ourselves we know how important getting a good education is.

We have learned how education can break the cycle of poverty for these children. If they can get a good education they can get a good job. When they have children they won’t have to grow up in such hard conditions.

It is exactly why we are working so hard in school. We want to have a better life! We have dreams just like the children in Mexico do.

We have dreams to grow up and be successful. To provide for our families and to get the job we have always wanted.

We have dreams to make our world a better place and to serve others. We have the opportunity to follow those dreams. We want to make sure the children in Mexico have that same opportunity.”

Join Us for Our Portland Cinco de Mayo Celebration May 7, 2014

ReadingIf you missed our fundraising luncheon in Salem, don’t worry. You are invited to a special Friends of Pimpollo (pronounced pim-poy-o) Cinco de Mayo Celebration at The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 7 p.m.

The event is free of charge (donations will be accepted) and guests will enjoy Oaxacan style food and special guest speakers who will highlight the remarkable transformation our organization has accomplished in the Vicente Guerrero community in Southern Mexico.

The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport has a very special connection to Friends of Pimpollo. Many of their staff members along with some of the staff at The Grand Hotel in Salem, Bentley’s Grill and The Salem Convention Center have been personally involved with our organization for many years and have seen first hand the enormous impact the organization has had on these communities with programs such as:

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by emailing by May 6, 2014. Please include your name, the number of seats you will need and the name of your guests.


Let’s Build Dreams Together at our Annual Cinco de Mayo Luncheon on May 1st

Friends of Pimpollo Sixth Annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration Luncheon

Only a few more weeks to go until the Sixth Annual Friends of Pimpollo Cinco de Mayo Luncheon and we hope you will join us! This is your chance to learn more about the work we do for impoverished communities in Southern Mexico while enjoying a traditional Oaxacan meal, live music and special guest speakers who are sure to inspire you.

This special event will take place inside the beautiful Salem Convention Center Thursday May 1, 2014.  The theme of this year’s celebration (which begins promptly at 12 p.m.) is “Building Dreams Together”. There is no charge to attend but donations will be gladly accepted to help us continue our Friends of Pimpollo Programs such as:

If you wish to attend, please RSVP by emailing by April 30, 2014. Please include your name, the number of seats you will need and the name(s) of your guests.


Sixth Annual Salem Cinco de Mayo Celebration Luncheon
Date: Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: The Salem Convention Center (200 Commercial Street SE Salem, Oregon 97301)
Parking: Free parking
Cost: No cost to attend. Guests have the opportunity to donate at the conclusion of the event.
Sponsors include Allied Video Productions, Business Printing, Charlie’s Produce, Salem Printing & Blueprint, Spring Valley Dairy, Inc., Sysco, Wavelength Studio. And a special thank you to Out of the Box Marketing and to Mary Lou Zeek for designing the centerpieces created by St. John the Apostle fourth grade.