Video from Victorino Noval Foundation ‘Spark of Love’ Charity Toy Drive with Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad

Video from Victorino Noval Foundation ‘Spark of Love’ Charity Toy Drive

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Victorino Noval Foundation “Spark of Love” Holiday Toy Drive

Beverly Hills Courier, http://www.bhcourier.com/downloads/121010Fissue.pdf, page 32.

‘Spark Of Life’ Toy Drive To Launch On North Elm Drive Beverly Hills-based Victorino Noval Foundation is sponsoring the “Spark of Love” 2010 Toy Drive in partnership with the Children’s Trust Fund.

The goal is to collect toys for needy L.A. foster care children beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 15 (through Dec. 24) with a toy donation box being manned by volunteers daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p. m. at 517 N. Elm Drive.

This annual gift of giving during the holiday season was started by social workers who on limited incomes saw firsthand the needs of children in foster care.

Tax deductible donations may be made to the Children & Family Services Trust Fund, 501 Shatto Pl. #205, Los Angeles CA 90020.

Call Maria Melton 310-270-7030.

Visit: http://www.victorinonovalfoundation.com/ or http://www.lacdcfs.org/trustfund.

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The Victorino Noval Foundation

The Victorino Noval Foundation, founded by Victor Noval, aka Victorino Noval Jr, sent an open letter to President Barack Obama today calling for the passage of H.R. 4645, a bill that will end restrictions for Americans wishing to travel to Cuba as well as allowing for the sale of agricultural commodities to Cuba. 

 Noval launched the Victorino Noval Foundation, headquartered in Beverly Hills, in the memory of his father to improve relations between Cuba and the United States. He hopes that through lobbying and media attention the government will end the trade and travel embargo against Cuba. H.R. 4645 is the next step in accomplishing this goal. 

Last year, President Obama lifted restrictions on Cuban Americans wishing to travel home to Cuba. Noval contends that this is not enough. Within the letter Noval states, “The country of Cuba deserves to be treated with the same diplomatic consideration as other non-democratic or former adversarial countries such as Vietnam, China, Russia and Iran.” 

H.R. 4645 would also improve trade relations with Cuba, affording the United States new economic opportunities. The letter explains, “According to the chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an organization that has been energetic and outspoken about the need to remove the embargo, U.S. corporations want the embargo to be lifted. Americans want to trade with Cuba.”  

The ever-present need to find new oil reserves is also a reason to pass this important legislation. Noval states, “Cuba’s recent massive oil finds (20 billion barrels), could easily equal today’s U.S. reserve… Lifting the embargo and partnering with Cuba could be like doubling access to oil supplies.” Cuba has given signs that it is interested in such a deal!

On a humanitarian level, Noval urges the government to consider that Cuba has already created countless medicines that U.S. citizens do not have access to. By soliciting the support of President Obama, the Victorino Noval Foundation hopes that H.R. 4645 will pass without incident, paving the way for an end to the Cuban Embargo. 

About the Victorino Noval Foundation:

The Victorino Noval Foundation was created in memory of Victorino Noval Sr., who was born in Asturias, Spain, and died Los Angeles, California, May 7, 2010. Victor Noval, aka Victorino Noval Jr., runs the foundation in loving memory of his father and to carry on his father’s dreams and legacy to improve Cuban-American relations. 

For more information, and to read Noval’s letter, visit the Victorino Noval Foundation at www.VictorinoNovalFoundation.com.
 
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Victor Noval creates Victorino Noval Foundation in Memory of His Father

Victor Noval, aka Victorino Noval Jr., creates the Victorino Noval Foundation in memory of his father’s fight to help reunite Cuban Americans with Cubans. The Foundation’s charter includes funding research and education to improve Cuban-American relations.

Victor Noval announced today the launch of the Victorino Noval Foundation to provide funding for research grants and education aimed at improving Cuban-American relations.

Born and raised in Spain, Victorino Noval Sr. was just barely 18 when the country he loved was ravaged with destruction brought on by the Spanish Civil War. In desperation he fled to Cuba, as did thousands of Spaniards hoping to leave behind the poverty that plagued their homeland, the descendants of whom still call Cuba home.

Victorino Noval and James Cameron

Victorino Noval and James Cameron

Victorino Noval Sr. had an uncle already living in Cuba who owned several supermarkets and funeral homes, and he started working with him as soon as he arrived. But with the revolution under way, it was clear that Communism would inevitably take hold. Hoping to save their assets and keep the businesses they had worked so hard to create, the Noval family became strong advocates opposed to Fidel Castro’s Communist regime. Targeted for supporting anti-Castro forces, Victorino Noval Sr. fled Cuba for the US, leaving his wife and kids behind. Only with the help of the CIA was he capable to reunite with his family in 1966.

A natural businessman, Noval then turned his attention to developing real estate, and created dozens of successful projects, including offices, residences, and shopping centers, primarily in California. All the while, he dreamed of a transformed Cuba that would have normal diplomatic relations with the U.S. and that his two adopted homes, the U.S. and Cuba, would reconcile, building trust and mutual respect through confidence building measures and projects.

After he passed away earlier this year, his son Victor created the Victorino Noval Foundation to honor his father’s memory and the goals he set out to accomplish, namely lifting the Cuban embargo and improving relations between the two countries.

“As a first step to developing superior relations between Cuba and America, the foundation has been fighting for the rights of Americans to travel to Cuba, a fundamental right of nationality in this country. Americans can travel to Iran or Sudan, but are prohibited from traveling to Cuba”, stated Victor Noval. “Travel to other countries helps develop superior understandings for each other, reduces social barriers and improves business and environmental relationships.”

He is not alone in his mission. Over 140 organizations, including Human Rights Watch, the US Chamber of Commerce, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the American Farm Bureau Federation, have rallied around HR 4656, a bill that would lift the travel embargo. The US House of Representatives will vote on the bill in the coming months.

Some changes are recently taking place. Under the Obama Administration, travel restrictions are loosening and the amount of cash that can be sent to Cuba from Cuban American citizens is increasing.

The Victorino Noval Foundation was created in memory of Victorino Noval Sr., who was born in Asturias, Spain, and died Los Angeles, California, May 7, 2010. Victor Noval, aka Victorino Noval Jr., runs the foundation in loving memory of his father and to carry on his father’s dreams and legacy to improve Cuban-American relations.

For more information, please visit The Victorino Noval Foundation at http://www.VictorinoNovalFoundation.com.

“Travel to other countries helps develop superior understandings for each other, reduces social barriers and improves business and environmental relationships.” – Victor Noval

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