Martin Engineering (Neponset, IL, USA) has co-sponsored the fourth annual fundraiser to support the children of Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas, an orphanage dedicated to providing active care and personal well-being for boys in need in Baja California Sur. With the theme of ‘Healing Hearts, Building Futures’, the benefit was held at Las Ventanas al Paraiso (‘windows to paradise’), one of the premier luxury resorts in all of Los Cabos. The significant support from Martin Engineering and its shareholders helped raise more than $500,000 for the boys of Casa Hogar, by far the organization’s most successful event ever.

With a capacity for 60 residents, Casa Hogar is currently home to 41 boys between the ages of three and seventeen. Although most are received from state or federal agencies, the facility receives no government support.

Opened in February of 2008, the registered non-profit organization is privately-funded, maintained solely by donations, fundraisers and special projects. A staff of 18 covers three shifts, 24/7.

Orphanage officials say the funds come at an especially critical time, as the organization continues its planning to establish a girls’ facility to support additional children in the community. Among the other developing projects at Casa Hogar is a “Post-18” program to help all residents find their way to a rewarding future.

Amy Abbott has been one of the co-chairs responsible for organizing all four of the events through her company, Amy Abbott Events. “The first fundraiser was held at a private home in 2011,” she recalled. “We were able to raise $100,000 as a result of that effort, and it has turned into an annual affair that has grown each year.”

“We help support all of the regions where we do business,” observed Martin Engineering Global Business Development Director Alvaro Chacon Prieto. “Our corporate philosophy has always emphasized community service and civic responsibility, right from the company’s founding in the 1940s.”

Martin Engineering has been an employer and supplier of bulk material handling technology for more than a quarter- century in Mexico, and is a frequent patron of such fundraisers. The company supplies bulk material handling equipment around the world for a wide variety of applications, including mining and coal handling, biomass, cement, aggregates and other materials.