San Antonio, Texas, Friday, August 17, 2012 – Judge Antonia Arteaga sponsored the 2012 Texas Exes Tailgate Scholarship Party. As the 11th anniversary of the Tailgate Party, the chapter decided to pull all of the stops…at the Alamodome.
Over 700 UT alumni and friends of the university attended the event to watch a live broadcast of Longhorn Extra and raise a record breaking $50,000 for the chapter’s scholarship fund. The 2012 scholarships were awarded to eight extraordinary individuals, many of whom achieved outstanding recognitions such as honor society and class presidency while holding jobs and supporting families.
“I had no idea the Tailgate Party would turn into such a big event this year,” said Judge Arteaga, “but we were excited to have Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz and KSAT-12 reporter Isis Romero, also a Texas-Ex in attendance. Everyone had a good time, raised money to support education and wore BURNT orange!”
San Antonio, Texas – The San Antonio Professional Firefighters’ Association (SAPFA) announced their endorsement of Judge Antonia Arteaga for 57th District Court Judge. The Firefighters’ Association carefully vets candidates for endorsement through a questionnaire, interview and committee process. “We want to be sure we pick candidates we can truly support because, after we endorse them, they carry our name, too,” said Nathan Alonzo, legislative director for the SAPFA. The group recommends endorsements based on candidate’s history of hard work, education, experience and reputation for honesty and integrity.
“I am grateful to the members of the San Antonio Professional Firefighters’ Association for their endorsement,” Judge Arteaga stated. “Our firefighters are heroes in the community and I truly appreciate their support.”
San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, April 14, 2012 – Judge Antonia Arteaga sponsored the Any Baby Can 8th Annual Walk for Autism this weekend. Her sponsorship assisted the foundation to raise money and awareness of autism as well as break the world record for Largest Charity Walk in the Guinness Book of World Records…again.
This family friendly event is a carnival of fun and activity for adults and children. Proceeds benefit Any Baby Can’s Reaching Families Facing Autism program. Each year, Any Baby Can serves more than 8,000 of the youngest, sickest and poorest children and their families in the Central Texas area. The foundation’s programs include parental training, counseling and case management. Any Baby Can’s goal for this year was to raise $300,000 in order to expand their services.
“It was an honor to sponsor Any Baby Can’s Walk for Autism for 2012,” said Judge Arteaga. “It is an important cause, helping to promote awareness of Autism in our community and raising the funds to help the families affected to succeed.”
San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, November 19, 2011 – As Title Sponsor for this year’s San Antonio Bar Foundation Junior Jog for Justice, Judge Antonia Arteaga decided to go the extra kilometer. The Jog for Justice children’s mini marathon runs approximately ¼ mile and is restricted to participants 12 and younger. The event typically follows the adult 5k Run/Walk.
In order to offer participants of the Junior Jog for Justice, something extra special, Judge Arteaga enlisted the help of the advanced graphic arts students at Brennan High School. “They came up with so many great t-shirt designs,” the Judge said, “that I couldn’t choose just one.” Instead of a single option, the students worked with her to make adjustments and combine their efforts to create a final design. The freshly printed t-shirts were presented to the young runners at the Junior Jog along with matching participation medals.
The San Antonio Bar Foundation’s yearly Fun Run and Junior Jog for Justice benefits a number of charitable causes throughout Bexar and the surrounding counties and is a family friendly event. Participation includes prizes, food and fun. “I love the Junior Jog,” said Judge Arteaga, “because it’s a great cause and community service that I can share with my family, my children.”
New Braunfels, Texas, Saturday, October 29, 2011 – Judge Antonia Arteaga took part in the half-marathon event of the Chosen: Marathon for Adoption (CMA) this weekend. This was the second annual run for CMA, the first event in 2010 raising over $100,000.
Proceeds from Chosen: Marathon for Adoption for 2011 go to improve living conditions for orphans in Burundi, Haiti and Costa Rica. The funds will assist with the construction of new homes and schools. CMA’s stated mission is to “host a race to financially impact orphans and adoptive families and raise awareness of the 165 million orphans worldwide.” CMA is an official charitable outreach of ABBA Fund.
“There are two causes I will always support,” said Judge Arteaga, “kids and education. Today [I] met the most inspiring people while running for a great cause.”
San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, April 16, 2011 – Judge Antonia Arteaga sponsored the Any Baby Can 7th Annual Walk for Autism this weekend. Her sponsorship assisted the foundation to not only raise money and awareness but also break the world record for Largest Charity Walk in the Guinness Book of World Records.
This family friendly event included arts and crafts, a PlayDoh table, face painting, bean bag toss and more for the children (and maybe some adults). Proceeds benefit Any Baby Can’s Reaching Families Facing Autism program. Each year, Any Baby Can serves more than 8,000 of the youngest, sickest, and poorest children and their families in the Central Texas area. The foundation’s programs include parental training, counseling and case management.
“Before becoming a judge, I did not realize how many families were affected by Autism,” said Judge Arteaga. “Approximately 1 in 110 children have been diagnosed with some form of Autism. This walk helps these families and these children reach their maximum potential.”
San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, March 26, 2011 – – Judge Antonia Arteaga and her Poetry Slam partner, the young and talented Irene Salazar a local San Antonio 8th grader, wowed and inspired in this year’s Women, Wisdom and Wine Poetry Slam and Luncheon presented by the San Antonio Area Foundation on Saturday. The two ladies performed an inspirational and original work titled “I Am You” . The piece portrayed the picture of success as seen in two dynamic women, each sharing the trials and difficulties they had to encounter and overcome to reach their potential. Salazar and Judge Arteaga shared how they could not have become the women they are today or the women they wish to become without their mothers and without the support of fellow women. The resounding message of empowerment and vitality in today’s women was felt by all. “You, like us,” the performance said, in no uncertain terms, “can do this!” “Standing with Faith…,” the pair recited, “Standing with Pride. I AM you.”
This year launched the inaugural event for “Women, Wisdom and Wine”. Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Women and Girls Development Fund, aiming to foster leadership and supporting programs to help women and girls improve their opportunities and lives to reach their full potential. Fellow poetry slammers included J’Maya Smith, Michelle Thomas, Theresa Ramirez, Trish DeBerry, Anysa Villarreal and Dya Campos. This year’s keynote speaker was Isabel Allende, renowned author of House of Spirits, City of the Beasts and Daughter of Fortune. Allende is often referred to as the most widely read Spanish-Language author. Her books have been translated into over 27 languages.
“The Women, Wisdom and Wine Luncheon was great and performing with Irene was amazing!” said Judge Arteaga. “I was amazed to discover how much we had in common, how much all of the participants had in common with each other. It was a truly motivational event and I enjoyed being able to share this fantastic experience with a great group of people!”
San Antonio, Texas, Sunday, November 14, 2010 – Judge Antonia Arteaga joined over 30,000 volunteers to run for the Cure at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon event this weekend in San Antonio. While the annual Marathon was originally established in 1998, this was the first year for the new half-marathon event.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon main charity for 2010 was Susan G. Komen for the Cure. However, the event partners with many other charitable foundations including Partners with DetermiNation, Team Activities for Special Kids (T.A.S.K.) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon has raised over $100 million for charity since its inception.
Judge Arteaga ran the half-marathon race, clocking in at 03:12:19. “The half-marathon was a real challenge,” Judge Arteaga stated, “but I met a lot of inspiring people at this event and proceeds benefit a great cause for women in need of a cure for breast cancer.”