Help Roger Montoya And Moving Arts Española Reach CNN Heroes Top 10

S.S. Gurubachan Singh Khalsa urged attendees at last week’s celebration of Montoya’s CNN Heroes nomination to support Montoya’s chances of being a Top 10 finalist with their donations. From left: S.S. Gurubachan Singh Khalsa, Moving Arts Española Artistic Director & Co-Founder Roger Montoya and Executive/School Director & Co-Founder Salvador Ruiz-Esquivel. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post

Moving Arts Española Artistic Director & Co-Founder Roger Montoya’s nomination as CNN Hero is moving into the final stages of competition. The Top 10 finalists will be selected next month. Public voting for the CNN Hero will be open from Nov. 1 – Dec. 8, but community members can help now to get Montoya selected as one of the 10 finalists.

CNN looks at a multiple of factors, including the number of unique visits and views to Roger Montoya’s CNN Hero page, Extra Video: A Mosaic of Dance, Video Extra: Pueblo Ballerina.

Each comment on, “Like” and “Share” of the CNN videos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will help.

CNN is also counting donations on Moving Arts Española’s Crowdrise page,

Moving Arts has a goal of raising $50,000 for this campaign.

During last week’s celebration of Montoya’s nomination, CNN Heroes Program Manager Jeannie Kovacs reported that $7,236 had been raised by donations from 62 people in 22 days. Their goal for that evening was $2,000, which they exceeded with a total of $2,480.

Montoya’s Crowdrise page currently shows a total of $9,212, but that does not reflect an anonymous $10,000 donation Moving Arts received last week or an in-kind donation of a 15-passanger van by Ohkay Owingeh Governor Ron Lovato through the Ohkay Owingeh Boys and Girls Club. MAE had recorded an additional $8,787 in donations as of Sept. 10.

At the celebration, S.S. Gurubachan Singh Khalsa from Hacienda de Guru Ram Das called for the community to take up the work Moving Arts Española has started and urged attendees to “please leave your checks as you leave.”

“This can’t be done by two people. This has to be done by all of us participating and donating and sharing and expanding, because otherwise this incredible legacy they have left is phenomenal, and it will be written in the history books,” Khalsa said. “And this beautiful Española, city of love, is so grateful. And all of us, as sons and daughters of this beautiful land are so proud of the two of you and all that you have done.

“So don’t be shy. Don’t be stingy. Let us walk their walk and then let us see how beautiful and bright our children’s future is here.”

Montoya told attendees at the celebration “If we make the top 10 it’s going to be glorious, not for me or for us but for Española.”

Read about the community celebration of Montoya’s nomination at “Local and state leaders salute Moving Arts Española’s contributions.

MAE Advisory Board Member Jeannie Kovacs leads the fundraising at Friday’s event. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post
MAE Advisory Board Member Jeannie Kovacs leads the fundraising at Friday’s event. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post 
Attendees at last week’s celebration of Montoya’s CNN Heroes nomination hold up their cell phones to indicate they have donated on Moving Arts Española Crowdrise page. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post
Attendees at last week’s celebration of Montoya’s CNN Heroes nomination hold up their cell phones to indicate they have donated on Moving Arts Española Crowdrise page. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post 
Attendees at last week’s celebration of Montoya’s CNN Heroes nomination hold up their cell phones to indicate they have donated on Moving Arts Española Crowdrise page. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post
Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post 
From left: Moving Arts Española Executive/School Director & Co-Founder Salvador Ruiz-Esquivel and Artistic Director & Co-Founder Roger Montoya show how much progress Moving Arts has made toward its $50,000 fundraising goal in the CNN Heroes competition. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Pos
From left: Moving Arts Española Executive/School Director & Co-Founder Salvador Ruiz-Esquivel and Artistic Director & Co-Founder Roger Montoya show how much progress Moving Arts has made toward its $50,000 fundraising goal in the CNN Heroes competition. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Pos