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#399610 - 02/05/11 09:45 AM Marco Gonzalez receives Award by Upton Foundation
Marty Offline

PRESS RELEASE –31 January 2011 -
The Marco Gonzalez Board of Directors is proud to announce its’ first grant for the archaeology project on the southern tip of Ambergris Caye. Matt Fowler, owner of Mr. Joe’s Grocery, is a family member of the Frederick S. Upton Foundation in the United Stated. Mr. Fowler has developed an interest in the Maya Site and encouraged submitting a grant application in the fall of 2010.

The amount of $5,000 USD was awarded, along with a Challenge Grant of $10,000 USD. Matt is also a member of the Board of Directors of Marco Gonzalez. Matt Fowler personally delivered the check to Jan Brown, Chairperson of the Board.
Fundraising ideas are being discussed of how to meet the Grant Challenge since once an additional $10,000 USD is obtained, Upton Foundation will match that amount. This will put the Project on its’ way to meet the anticipated $1.5Mil USD needed for the exciting venture.

The Vision statement for the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Project is: “To unfold the mysteries of a 2000 year old Maya Site on Ambergris Caye, Belize, and provide education of the ancient Maya island lifestyle to persons of all ages.” Due to the location of the site, an ecologically friendly raised boardwalk will be built at a distance of over a quarter mile across mangrove marshland to reach the 7.57 acre site.

Future plans include a Visitor/Education Center which will serve a dual purpose; the building will showcase artifacts and history of the Maya site and have an educational center for the over 2,000 children on the island to study their Mayan history up close and personal. This Center will provide many jobs for Sanpedranos as well as develop into a wonderful tourism site for our visitors.

Eco-visits are available to the public now that a temporary footbridge has been constructed. A second amount of $5,000 USD was also awarded from Mr. Fowler for the construction done last summer to accommodate a field school. Soon there will be a sign giving credit to the Frederick S. Upton Foundation for their generosity.

Additional donations are being accepted by contacting any of the Board Members – Dee Thomas, Josie Nuñez, Matt Fowler, Pete Salazar Sr., Joe Lawrence, Frank Panton, Manuel Heredia III, Giovanni Marin, or Jan Brown, 226-2059 or 662-2725. To schedule an eco-visit, please call Jan Brown. She is looking forward to a government document being gazette within the next few months so local tour guides can be hired and trained for Marco tours.

#399624 - 02/05/11 01:07 PM Re: Marco Gonzalez receives Award by Upton Foundation [Re: Marty]
Judyann H. Offline
Congratulations! Great news....thank you so much Matt & Bonnie
My friends call me Judyann


#399788 - 02/08/11 09:35 AM Re: Marco Gonzalez receives Award by Upton Foundation [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline


An organization in San Pedro received a grant worth over $10,000.

Jorge Aldana reporting …
“The Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Project Committee received a grant of US $5000.00 which will be used for the development of the Maya site on the island. The committee was also given a US $10,000.00 challenge grant. Janet Brown is the Chairperson of the Board Directors for the Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Project Committee and spoke to Love News.

Janet Brown - Chairperson, Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Project Committee
"I'm very excited about receiving the US $5000.00 grant from the Upton Foundation. Founder name is Frederick S. Upton. It's a Foundation that's connected with one of our Board of Directors. He urged us to put in the application last year and we were graciously awarded the $5000.00 grant, but along with it came an additional $10,000. challenge grant. So we are scrambling to find additional funds so we can meet this challenge.

Jorge Aldana – Reporter
How does this challenge work?

Janet Brown - Chairperson, Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Project Committee
“When we make another US $10,000.00 then we will submit our proof to Upton Foundation and they will match the funds, so when we make that additional $10,000.00 then we will have $20,000.00 on that portion, plus the $5,000.00 grant.”

Jorge Aldana – Reporter
How will this money be used?

Janet Brown - Chairperson, Marco Gonzalez Maya Site Project Committee
“We have a project that is going to be constructed at the 2000 year old Maya Site, known as Marco Gonzalez. It will be a visitors Center and an Educational Center. It will be used as a place for Tourism enhancement for the Island and then we'll be able to provide Education for over 2000 children on the Island, for the Mayan History. I am just very proud that the Project is going, we have so many San Pedranos that are involved with this, and it's a win, win for our Island, as far as the Tourism portion of it goes, but the most exciting part about it, is to have the Archaeological find available to our children. It's really the Educational portion is dear to my heart.”

The monies will be used to construct a visitors and Education Center on the Site.



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