Cooperative Communications

July 2011

In This Issue
Celebrity Bookends
Donor Spotlight
Newsletter Survey
Quick Links

Board of Trustees  

Patti Ballard

Jim Banks

Denis Forster

Karl Gieseke

David Kammer

Tom Koenig

Ed McCarter

David Noll

Paul Porcino

Ramón Rodriguez
Kathy Santen
Carleen Suttman
Doug Tyger
Jeff Berninger
Joe Berninger


Advisory Board
Glenn Chamberlain
Mario Contreras
Bill Dankworth
Jack and Marie Eiting
Sr. Victoria Forde, SC
Charlie Gallagher
Fr. Mike Graham, SJ
Sr. Katie Hoelscher, SC
Dan Nocella
Sr. Kris Schrader, ASC
Rick Shroeder
Emily West 
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Check out what's new at CoEd, and as always, thank YOU
for all that you do to help break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education! 
Are You Famous? Know Anyone Who Is?


How do you make ugly bookends valuable enough that people will be willing to pay $100,000 for them? Answer: Make them famous! CoEd has teamed up with partner BBDO (an international advertising agency) to fly these bookends around the globe to live the high life while posing with the stars and appearing on television.


The bookends' rise to fame will be documented on Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and a special website designed just for them: . And once they reach the pinnacle of their careers, BBDO will auction them off to the

Matt Berninger with the bookends

Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National, strikes a pose with the soon-to-be famous bookends. And, yes, he does know Joe & Jeff (he's their cousin!)

highest bidder. All proceeds will go directly to CoEd to help break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through education. 


But we need your help recruiting celebrities willing to put their fame to use for a good cause!  So if you have any famous friends you want to recruit to pose with these wonderfully tacky bookends, email today! 



Donor Spotlight: Ciro Farina
Ciro on Tour in August 2003

Ciro on a CoEd tour in August 2003.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.


I was born and raised in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, where I studied philosophy and law. My wife, Ann, and Elaine (Jeff & Joe's mom)

were high school friends and it was our good fortune to literally be present at the creation of CoEd when we joyfully joined the Board.  


Why do you support CoEd?


My wife and I believe CoEd's mission is a most worthwhile undertaking and we were struck by CoEd's business model to overcome the plight of poverty and the tragically high level of illiteracy in Guatemala.


What motivated you to remember CoEd in your estate plans through planned giving?


Early on, planned giving seemed to me and Ann to be an effective way of helping CoEd achieve greater financial stability, especially during those economic periods when fundraising is most difficult. With no children ourselves, CoEd has been our family and I can think of no finer way to say "thank you" to that family.


Do you have any advice for others considering a planned gift?


My only suggestion to these fine people would be to act now, as soon as they can. My wife died last November and her love of CoEd would not have been honored had I delayed any longer.


Would you like to share anything else about your experience with CoEd?


I have been to Guatemala several times over the years and always come home with a reassurance of the value of CoEd's efforts. I sincerely believe CoEd is changing the face of Guatemala bit by bit, child by child, day after day.

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