HELP SAVE JOHNNY'S HOME las Cruces

$6,650 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 126 people in 43 months
Johnny Florez, 86, is known in the Las Cruces community. A street musician who performs during the downtown farmer's market on Saturday mornings, he is accompanied by drummer and vocalist, Isabel Aguirre.  In 2014, the mayor commemorated a "Johnny Florez Day." Johnny is a local icon and represents the heart of the community.
 The community has responded and Johnny is no longer in danger of becoming homeless. However, the need is strong to save Johnny's house.  He needs home improvements. Presently, he lives in the home with no gas or water. The house needs roof and floor replacement, as well as, electrical and plumbing work.
We are seeking community involvement to come to Johnny Florez's needs, including construction workers willing to volunteer their services that can help drive down the cost of home improvement.
 Those interested in helping during Johnny's time of need may contact D. John Young, 575 520 4086, gampajon@nmsu.edu, or
April Gonzales, 575 520 4084, ajgm717@hotmail.com.
           
                                                   Thank you for your support.
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Video "thank you" to the community from Johnny coming soon! He will explain how the community's contribution continues to improve his daily quality of living. Update of progress thus far: through the community's donations, Johnny's home is saved from auction, past-due utility bill paid, gas leaks repaired, hot-water restored to home, new appliances for kitchen and laundry, new roof cooling system, new room AC, yard work and supplies for roof repair among other smaller issues of expense. Volunteers began roof work, however present legal issues have hampered continued progress of reconstruction on the exterior of his home. Thank you Las Cruces, El Paso and to others from around the country who have contributed funds throughout this campaign!
Express support to Johnny at the Market!
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Construction has begun. Funds are needed for continued materials, such as flooring and kitchen cabinets. Because of this community, Johnny & Isabel now have a new refrigerator, stove, washer & dryer, bills are payed (except electric), auction-free and work is underway on the roof!
Ted Hedgecock & Lannick Construction
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Through various fundraising efforts, thanks to this community's support, we have been able to secure Johnny's home from auction and provide basic utilities. Now, the task of renovation begins! Materials are needed that may not be donated. Ted Hedgecock, owner of Lannick Construction, has committed to donating time, labor and some materials. Please help us to secure Johnny's house into being a real home!
Johnny Florez with Father Tom Smith
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"Hi friends. I have recently taken Johnny as my pro bono client to address his legal affairs.
Johnny was one of the first mariachis in town and has taught mariachi music in the local schools. He is a Las Cruces living musical treasure at the young age of 86.
His home is now safe from auction, but he needs money to pay off utilities. He also needs volunteers to help renovate his 1940s home. We have a few contractors who will be donating time and materials. He also needs a CPA so that he can file his taxes and apply for community services.
When we have established some sustainability for him, he wants to return to giving back to the community by doing free public performances at hospice, hospitals, schools, homes of elderly folks, etc.
Eventually he would like to open up his home to show off the many photos of Las Cruces' historical music scene.
You can help by donating money, time, skills and sharing this Go Fund Me project.
Thank you, Elena Moreno Hansen"
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D John Young
42 months ago

Rudy, I had brunch with Johnny today and read to him your comment. He smiled throughout and said, "He played keyboards, too." This campaign is securing his home. The community speaks with their generosity!

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Rudy Ortega
42 months ago

I've known Johnny for many years, and played saxophone in his band called the Casinos when I was 17 years old. He was always a polite , and popular musician. I don't see why other musicians can't offer a fellow musician a helping hand because after all he did help pave the road to keep give the Mex-Tex music it's popularity in Las Cruces. I've performed with a lot of local bands in my time but still remember playing all those corridos, polkas boleros, and cumbias with Johnny Flores when Spanish, Soul, and Country music was all Las Cruces had..

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D John Young
42 months ago

Thanks for your support, Helene! We'd love to have you join the music fest, Saturday, March 21. I'll let you know more.

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Helene McMillian
43 months ago

The Two of Us musical duo who sing in the market would love to be involved in the fundraiser as we are musicians also with little money to spare but have big voices and hearts. Just tell us where and when.

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Raised by 126 people in 43 months
Created March 5, 2015
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16 months ago
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40 months ago
RM
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raquel madrigal
40 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$50
Jerry Chavez
41 months ago
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Johnny has shared his talent with many musicians throughout our community and opened his doors for those that just wanted to play music. When I was in the "RIO" band, it was Johnny's house where we practiced. Thank you Johnny for all that you have done. Jerry

RM
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raquel madrigal
41 months ago (Monthly Donation)
RG
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Robert Garcia
42 months ago

Hope this helps this wonderful musician

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Anonymous
42 months ago
D John Young
42 months ago

Rudy, I had brunch with Johnny today and read to him your comment. He smiled throughout and said, "He played keyboards, too." This campaign is securing his home. The community speaks with their generosity!

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Rudy Ortega
42 months ago

I've known Johnny for many years, and played saxophone in his band called the Casinos when I was 17 years old. He was always a polite , and popular musician. I don't see why other musicians can't offer a fellow musician a helping hand because after all he did help pave the road to keep give the Mex-Tex music it's popularity in Las Cruces. I've performed with a lot of local bands in my time but still remember playing all those corridos, polkas boleros, and cumbias with Johnny Flores when Spanish, Soul, and Country music was all Las Cruces had..

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D John Young
42 months ago

Thanks for your support, Helene! We'd love to have you join the music fest, Saturday, March 21. I'll let you know more.

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Helene McMillian
43 months ago

The Two of Us musical duo who sing in the market would love to be involved in the fundraiser as we are musicians also with little money to spare but have big voices and hearts. Just tell us where and when.

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