We are pround to announce First Lady Barbara Richardson as our Honorary Chair for the Ornaments Effort and Country and Gospel Music Sensation Randy Travis as our Celebrity Sponsor for the 2005 Capitol Holiday Tree Project.
First Lady Barbara Richardson
First Lady Barbara Richardson takes special interest in school children, championing many projects involving the health, safety and welfare of New Mexico children.
Mrs. Richardson served as 2003 Chair for Read Across America in New Mexico and for the past three years as statewide chair of Big Brothers/Big Sisters First Lady's Bowl for Kids Sake. Because of her interest in the issue of domestic violence, she was instrumental in the formation of the Governor's Domestic Violence Advisory Board, serving as its Chairman, and in the establishment of the Office of Domestic Violence Czar. In addition, through her leadership as Honorary Chair for the New Mexico Immunization Coalition, she helped move New Mexico from a ranking of 49th in 2002 to 43rd in 2003 in the numbers of children immunized. This improvement recently earned for New Mexico a national award from the Center for Disease Control as the state with the most improved immunization record.
With literacy as another area of interest, Mrs. Richardson was responsible for the donation by Disney Corporation and Baby Einstein Corporation of 20,000 Baby Einstein educational videos to low income New Mexican families, as well as 5,000 new books from Scholastic Books for a southside Santa Fe elementary school and 500 books for the University of New Mexico Children's Hospital Pediatric Clinic.
Randy Travis, Country and Gospel Music Sensation
Randy Travis is one of the most popular artists in the history of country music. Since his major label debut in 1986, Randy has long been known as an artist whose life-affirming songs celebrate the better parts of human nature, and throughout his career, he has evolved into a man with a reputation for unassuming faith and honesty.
He and his wife Elizabeth, who is also his longtime manager, proudly call Santa Fe home. They are both also members of the New Mexico Music Commission, recently established by Governor Bill Richardson.