Juan Carlos Association
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December 29, 2015 -  Union Tribune post

Union Tribune posted in the Health Calendar information about the JCO Zumba® class at the University City Library on Mondays at 1 p.m.

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October 24, 2015 -  2nd Annual Dia De Los Muertos


Juan Carlos Organization and friends honored the memory of those we love who have left this life at a wonderful gathering at Christ Lutheran Church in Pacific Beach. Lisbeth and the Board of Directors are grateful to all who participated and contributed to the JCO program at this event.



July and August of 2015 -  New Shirts thanks to Rotary Club donation

Thanks to the generous donations from the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club and Laura Kahle, JCO was able to purchase and provide JCO logo shirts to JCO class participants during July and August. JCO also gave shirts to the Special Olympics participants from Ecuador and Togo. If you click on the picture below you will see a slide show of the happy recipients of the shirts. Lisbeth and the Board of Directors thank the Rotary Club for their support.

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August 2, 2015 -  Summer Zumba Party

Summer Zumba Party, led by Lisbeth Garces at the Rawmana Fitness Facility


July 25 thru August 1, 2015 -  "Fans in Stands" 2015 Special Olympics

JCO was part of the "Fans in Stands" for the Special Olympics World Games 2015 in Los Angeles.

To the left and right are pictures of Lisbeth with a female and male winner of the Sprint Distance Triathlon: 750 meter (.047 mile) swim, 20 kilometer (12 mile) bike, 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) run. An athlete's overall time for the race includes each of the three stages and the time spent in transition between the swim and bike (T1) and between the bike and run (T2).


July 23, 2015 -  Zumba® Inclusive for Special Olympics Atheletes

Ecuador Atheletes and Coach

Ecuador Atheletes and Regular Poway Students


Lisbeth Garces and JCO volunteers conducted a Zumba® Inclusive class for the Special Olympics Atheletes from Ecuador and Togo. The city of Poway was the host town for the delegates from Ecuador and Togo and arranged the this special class.


Togo Atheletes

Togo Atheletes


July 15, 2015 -  JCO Store On Line

Juan Carlos Organization proudly annouced the opening of the online Juan Carlos Store where you can purchase clothing, totes, and towels with the JCO logo on them for your use and for gifts.


A portion of the purchase price will go directly to JCO.


July 1, 2015 -  New JCO Logo

Old version LOGO

New version LOGO


April 4, 2015 -  2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast

2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast fund raiser for Juan Carlos Organization held at Applebees on Balboa Ave.

Lisbeth and the Board of Directors are grateful to all who participated and contributed to the JCO program at this event.

November 24, 2014 -  2014 Emerging Leadership Experience


Lisbeth presented the JCO program
at the
2014 Emerging Leadership Experience
Ymca of San Diego County #YSDELE14.

November 2, 2014 -  Age Range of Students

Lisbeth's students range in age from Charlie, 1 year to Les, 101 years!

Lis and Charlie

Lis and Les

October 25, 2014 -  DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

The First "DIA DE LOS MUERTOS" party

Juan Carlos Organization and friends honored the memory of those we love who have left this life at a wonderful gathering at Christ Lutheran Church in Pacific Beach, supported by a grant from the Garnett Edgar Bequest. Lisbeth and the Board of Directors are grateful to all who participated and contributed to the JCO program at this event.

You can see a larger image by clicking on the picture above.

September 19, 2014 -  News Articles

Two nice articles about Lisbeth, Juan Carlos, and Juan Carlos Organization were published September 19, 2014. One in La Prensa San Diego and the other in Gay San Diego.

Lisbeth and Juan Carlos,
just a few months before he passed away in 1999

Juan Carlos Organization
510(c)(3) May 4, 2012


You can read the La Prensa San Diego article,  "Finding hope, joy for special needs people through zumba"
by Pablo J. Sáinz on line version at http://laprensa-sandiego.org/featured/finding-hope-joy-for-special-needs-people-through-zumba/ or You can read the text here.


You can read the Gay San Diego article,  "Dancing to empower"
by Delle Willett. on line version at http://www.gay-sd.com/dancing-to-empower/ or You can read the text here.


July 24, 2014 -  New Student

Lisbeth welcomes a new student to the Thursday class at the Centro Cultural de la Raza


July 24, 2014 -  Trace Thank You

Very nice thank you card received from the TRACE Linda Vista 2013 - 2014 group

You can see larger image by clicking on the picture above.

TRACE Services is part of the San Diego Unified Schools District.

Learn more about TRACE Services on their website http://www.sandi.net/trace


June 28, 2014 -  Fundraiser at Applebee's

Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee's in Hazard Center: great food and great company for a great cause!
You can see more pictures here.


June 28, 2014 -  Union Tribune interviews Lisbeth

Union Tribune interview "One-on-One with Lisbeth Garces" was on page A2 of the Saturday June 28th newspaper.
You can read the UT on line version at http://m.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/27/lisbeth-garces-zumba-sandiego/ or
You can read the text here.


June 20, 2014 -  Union Tribune Radio show San Diego County fair

Lisbeth, Jackie, Sue and Felisha were interviewed by Drew Schlosberg on the live U-T Radio show Community Spotlight at the San Diego County Fair. You can listen to the interview click here. When the page opens scroll down until you see the sound bars and then play the third and fourth which are labeled Juan Carlo Organization. You can see more pictures here.


April 30, 2014 -  Good bye to Tobey Wells YMCA classes

As the demands on Lisbeth's time grew with new classes and activities related to JCO, she reluctantly had to stop doing two Zumba® classes at Toby Wells YMCA. The picture is the group from the last Wednesday morning Zumba Gold® class held April 30, 2014. Lisbeth will be missed; all wished her much success and happiness.


April 26, 2014 -  Wheelchair Tango world record

Lisbeth joined a Wheelchair Dancers Organization's event that set a new world's record for wheelchair tango. Over 40 wheelchair users and their dance partners participated in this event at the Balboa Club at Balboa Park.


April 22, 2014 -  SDUSD Resource Fair

Lisbeth, Sue and Jackie represented JCO at the San Diego Unified School District Resource Fair at Kearny High School.


April 12, 2014 -  Fighting Parkinson's Step by Step

A willing volunteer joins Lisbeth in demonstrating Zumba® (Inclusive!) at the "Fighting Parkinson's Step by Step" event at Liberty Station.


March 23, 2014 -  Muscular Dystrophy Association's 5K Walk

Lisbeth represents Juan Carlos Organization at the Muscular Dystrophy Association's 5K Walk at Mission Bay.


March 22, 2014 -  Lisbeth's Birthday Party

A wonderful group turned out for the March 22, 2014, birthday celebration. Juan Carlos Organization thanks the San Diego Indoor Sports Club for opening its doors for this lively event.


Friday, March 14, 2014 -  Sherman Heights Community Fair

Juan Carlos Organization participated in the Sherman Heights Community Fair for participants in the San Diego City Schools' TRACE program (Transition Resources for Adult Community Education) and their families, an event intended to acquaint them with community resources to support the steps of special needs students toward living as fully and independently as possible in their adult lives.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014 -  Spinal Cord Injury Unit

Juan Carlos Organization visited the Spinal Cord Injury Unit of the VA Hospital in La Jolla. During Lisbeth's demonstration of Zumba® (Inclusive!), Bella, a therapy companion dog, participated with great enthusiasm alongside her human friends!


Sunday, February 16, 2014 -  San Diego AccessAbilities Expo

Juan Carlos Organization participated in the first San Diego AccessAbilities Expo, organized by Rady Children's Hospital, at Paradise Point Resort in Mission Bay, an event designed to inform San Diego's families of special needs children about community resources and services. The Zumba® (Inclusive!) program was demonstrated to an appreciative and participatory audience.


December 14, 2013 -  Zumbathon® Charity Event

Zumbathon® Charity Event Saturday December 14, 2013. We had a wonderful time! Special thank you to the venders Babies & Beads, Pink Feline, Bruce and all the volunteers that participated to support Juan Carlos Organization.


December 7, 2013 -  San Diego Toyland Parade

JCO joined with the San Diego Indoor Sports Club organization to march in the San Diego Toyland Parade.


October 27, 2013 -  Halloween party

At the invitation of the San Diego Wheelchair Dancers Organization, Lisbeth Garces leads the entire crowd in dancing to Macarena at their October 27, 2013, Halloween party.


October 16, 2013 -  MDA association at Ronald McDonald House

Lisbeth Garces, Executive Director and Founder of the Juan Carlos Organization, presented the JCO story for a group from MDA association at Ronald McDonald House in San Diego. You can see the slides of the presentation in Spanish or English. The presentation was well received with a good questions and input from the audience. An agreement was reached to have a Dance Therapy Class in November before the group's scheduled meeting.


June 2, 2013

Exciting news! The Juan Carlos Organization would like to announce that Lisbeth Garces has been asked to participate in a national workshop for the Tremble Clefs Part Two in Palm Springs June 4 - 6, 2013. The Tremble Clefs is a San Diego-based group of people living with Parkinson's disease who have been participating in music speech therapy for the last 12 years. Over 70 participants from throughout the U.S. are taking part in a Music Therapy Workshop, sponsored by the Parkinson's Association. Lisbeth has been invited to teach her Zumba-based Dance Therapy Exercise program (both seated and standing) for these participants. She has also been asked to perform at their dinner talent show. Lisbeth is eager to demonstrate the benefits associated with her particular style of Dance Therapy Exercise for people who have Parkinson's, and is happy to be able to share with everyone the realization of what the JCO is all about!


April 23, 2013

On Friday, April 26 I will appear in an interview with Bibi Uribe of Televisa Canal 12 at 2:30 p.m. The program Más Que Palabras was celebrating El Día de los Niños, and they interviewed me regarding the Juan Carlos Organization program of dance therapy exercise. Please note that the interview was conducted entirely in Spanish.

El viernes, 26 de abril, a las 2:30 p.m. Bibi Uribe del Canal 12 Televisa me entrevistará en su programa Más Que Palabras. Estaban celebrando de El Día de los Niños y la entrevista fue acerca de la Organización Juan Carlos y mi programa de ejercicio bailoterapia.


March 10, 2013

The organization's first public event was held on Saturday, March 9 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Centro Cultural de la Raza, 2004 Park Blvd. in Balboa Park. It was a great event and you can see videos on the video page and there are some photos in the photo gallery.


March 3, 2013

Tomorrow Monday March 4th I will be interviewed by the U-T- TV Cox cable channel 114 or ATT channel 17 at 8:00 Am. You can also go to UT.TV.SD.COM. Regarding my Zumbathon charity event benefiting Juan Carlos Org.


Sept 25, 2012

Good news we have been completely approved for 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt orgainsation. The Articles of Incorporation classifying the Juan Carlos Organization as a tax-exempt, non-profit with 501(c)(3) status were approved on September 21, 2012 by the IRS and is retroactive to May 4, 2012.


May 8, 2012

The first step to 501(c)(3) status has been achieved. The Articles of Incorporation classifying the Juan Carlos Organization as a tax-exempt, non-profit with 501(c)(3) were approved on May 4th, 2012 by the California Secretary of State.


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Copyright© 2013 Juan Carlos Organization. All Rights Reserved. Juan Carlos Organization is a not-for-profit organization. Articles of Incorporation classifying the Juan Carlos Organization as a tax-exempt, non-profit with 501(c)(3) status were approved on May 4th, 2012 by the California Secretary of State, and the organization became IRS approved on September 21, 2012, retroactive to May 4th, 2012. See the IRS Determination Letter.