THE JOHAN SANTANA FOUNDATION HAS TWO DISTINCT FOCUSES:
Educating and supporting outreach to children and adults about the different types of skin cancer and the inherent risks of these skin cancers, with a special focus on Melanoma and;
Building The Johan Santana Complex in Tovar, Venezuela and implementing supportive Programming.
The Santanas have a strong connection to their childhood home of Tovar, Venezuela. They often return with their family to Tovar. They are deeply committed to finding ways to make a difference in Tovar and have been making a difference there since 2005, especially in the lives of its children.
In this regard in 2006, the Santanas formalized their commitment to Venezuela and established the Johan Santana Foundation (Venezuela). The Foundation’s mission focuses on helping the children of Tovar. The Foundation has conducted Toy Drives, provided assistance to the local hospital, given baseball equipment to community children, donated Fire equipment, and lent their support to a myriad of local Fundraising events meant to raise monies and awareness of the critical needs of the region.
As strong as the Santanas commitment to Tovar, the Santanas have an equally strong commitment to their respective communities in the United States and they have found ways to support these communities in the United States and they have found ways to also support these communities. While a Minnesota Twin, Johan participated in joint fundraising events and community events, including a Charity Bowling Event, a Charity Wines project which created Santana Selects from Longball Cellars, the proceeds from the sale of the wine went to charities in the United States.
In conjunction with his United States Foundation, in May 2010 Johan participated in the BTIG Charity Day. In June 2010, the Foundation held its first fundraiser, a bowling tournament, in New York City. In December 2010, the United States Foundation instituted the “Toys for Tovar” initiative in Venezuela joining the weekend celebration of “El Cyonazo”. During the weekend, thousands of toys were distributed to young boys and girls who reside in and around the region of Tovar, Venezuela.
In January 2011, the United States Foundation made a gift in the amount of $100,000 to the New York University Langone Interdisciplinary Melanoma Cooperative Group (IMCG) to assist them in their ongoing work in the area of Melanoma Research and Treatment. In 2011, the United States Foundation will focus on facilitating the creation and development of the Tovar Sports Complex in Tovar, Venezuela.
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