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Lightning Boy Foundation's

6th Annual Fundraiser Art Show & Gala Charity Dinner

Benefits the Lightning Boy Foundation Nonprofit Organization

@ La Fonda on the Plaza 


The Lightning Boy Foundation, a nonprofit cultural organization, is grateful to partner with the Historic La Fonda on the Plaza for a sixth time to celebrate its efforts to nurture and inspire the Native youth of Northern New Mexico. The weekend will kick off with a two-day art show with local vendors and Indigenous artists in the downstairs New Mexico and Santa Fe Rooms at La Fonda. Whilst sipping a cozy drink, browse the beautiful art and jewelry and maybe find a unique Christmas gift for a loved one or yourself! Partake in the silent auction with donated pieces from participating artists and experiences from local businesses and organizations. The art show and silent auction will begin on Friday at noon and run until 8pm with hoop dance performances taking place in the Santa Fe Room every two hours throughout the day (12P, 2PM 4pm, 6pm & 8pm). Step outside to the Santa Fe Plaza to experience the Annual Holiday Plaza Lighting beginning at 4:30PM and culminating with Mayor Webber flipping the switch to 30,000 LED lights at 6:15PM. 

Come back for the second day of the art show and silent auction as well as more hoop dance performances and other performers, beginning at 10AM and continuing until 5PM. Performances will occur every two hours again in the Santa Fe Room: 10AM, 12PM, 2PM & 4PM. Bidding for the silent auction will end at 4PM in the New Mexico Room where winners can pick up and pay for their items. Cash, check and credit card are accepted with proceeds benefiting the Lightning Boy Foundation nonprofit charity. 

The best is yet to come at the famous annual Lightning Boy Charity Dinner & Live Auction on Saturday, November 25 at 6:30PM. Indulge in a fabulous La Fonda Dinner Buffet with cash bar and complimentary wine and brews. Attendees and sponsors have the opportunity to choose from platinum, gold or silver tables to receive gift bags, personal or business logo in printed program and table service. Guests will witness unforgettable hoop dance performances and other entertainment. The evening will conclude with the famous Lightning Boy Live Auction lead by auctioneer Mark Johnson at 7:30PM. Featured artists include Christine McHorse, Cody Sanderson, George Rivera, Kenneth Johnson and more! 

Please join us for this special night to support the mission of the Lightning Boy Foundation founded in loving memory of Valentino 'Lightning Boy' Rivera (2008-2016). All proceeds will benefit the Foundation to support and inspire Native youth to embrace and share their culture and heritage. 

Art Booth | $200 covers both days, donation to silent auction valued at $100+
Platinum Table for 10 | $3,500 
Gold Table for 10 | $2,500
Silver Table for 10 | $1,500
Individual Dinner Ticket | $130

For more information on sponsorships and reservations, call Isabelle Matthews at 309-846-0829 or email 

Art Show, Free Admission

Friday, November 24 @ 12pm-8pm

Saturday, November 25 @ 10am-5pm

Santa Fe & New Mexico Rooms

La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM


Charity Dinner & Live Auction

Saturday, November, 25 @ 6:30PM

Lumpkins Ballroom, La Fonda on the Plaza


Make a Charitable Donation HERE

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