Lady Diann Torres Foundation donates $5K for 5th Year Anniversary

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(LDTF) — Ten non-profits stand to benefit from the Lady Diann Torres Foundation’s $5,000 for 5th Year anniversary goodwill initiative.

Through her foundation, first lady Diann Torres has pledged to donate $500 to ten other non-profit organizations that continue to make a positive difference in our community. 

The ten non-profits include: Joeten Kiyu Public Library, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Music of the Marianas, Center for Living Independently, Autism Society of the CNMI, Commonwealth Women’s Association, Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, Pride Marianas, Karidat Social Services and FitBeat Fitness Program.

 “LDTF’s slogan of Bettering Lives is manifested not just through its inhouse programs but through countless other charitable organizations that similarly depend on donations to keep programs running,” stated first lady Diann Torres “It is in our partnership with other nonprofits that our collective efforts are able to make the biggest impact on the lives of those most in need.  We need to continue helping one another, especially during this pandemic.”

The basis for the ten named recipients were focused on LDTF’s shared or similar goals, missions and visions.

LDTF is expected to release a comprehensive informational digital brochure within the month of September highlighting the Foundation’s programs and contributions since its establishment back in August 28, 2015. 

The leadership of LDTF has grown over the years:

 President: first lady Diann Torres

Vice President: Geralyn Dela Cruz

Director & Treasurer: Kathy Palacios

Director: Shirley Sablan

Secretary: Claudia Flores

Member: Irene Torres

Member: Bonnie Royal

Member: Michelle Sablan

Member: Tiana Reyes

Member: Donovan Tudela

Member: Randall Pangelinan


On behalf of her foundation, first lady Diann Torres, right, donates a check for $500 to the Center for Living Independently. LDTF photo



 On behalf of her foundation, first lady Diann Torres, center, donates a check for $500 to the Commonwealth Women’s Association. LDTF photo

The following is an excerpt from the future digital brochure, the official message from first lady Diann Torres as LDTF’s president:

“ ‘It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.’

“There is no cluster of words grouped together to best explain the founding of the Lady Diann Torres Foundation than this famous quote from our beloved Mother Theresa.

“With thousands in direct cash donations, generous amounts of relief goods distributed throughout Saipan, Rota and Tinian, the reestablishment of adaptive sports activities, the creation of a young author’s language and literacy program focused on the preservation of our indigenous languages of Chamorro and Refaluwasch, and countless other initiatives, on this fifth year of charitable efforts, we look back and relive memories of what this young organization accomplished these past few years.

“Because of love we are Bettering Lives.  In Bettering Lives and in seeing firsthand the happy faces of our beneficiaries we are fueled with the passion to continue serving those most in need.  Some have wondered and even questioned what this Foundation was all about.  It’s simple, really.  Allow me to highlight our fuel for passion:

“• Programs that benefit and serve individuals with disabilities

“• Language and literacy programs focused on our indigenous Chamorro and Refaluwasch (Carolinian) languages

“• Programs that support critical community needs

“Like other nonprofits, our existence is made possible by generous donors, committed volunteers and partnerships with our government and private entities.  In our mutual interest to bettering lives, our partnership will continue to pave the way for opportunities and hope by way of charity. 

“From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of my team at LDTF, I would like to extend my humblest and sincerest si Yu’us ma’ase, ghillisow and thank you for the love and support.”

First lady Diann Torres and her team at LDTF are working on organizing a webinar that will include organization partners and volunteers who will participate in discussions relating to past, present and future programs and partnerships that benefit our local young authors, those with disabilities and the welfare of the general public during this time of pandemic crisis.  

The webinar will be made accessible via YouTube.

The Foundation’s current and ongoing programs include Project Haligi 2020: Canvas of Hope and the LDTF Language and Literacy Young Author’s Program, both of which received a federal grant through the National Endowment for the Arts and Northern Marianas Humanities Council, respectively.

The Project Haligi 2020 was recently put on hold as the organization received an overwhelmingly high volume of applicants, exceeding the number of poles allotted for the stipend program. 

The Language and Literacy Young Author’s Program, which had five authors successfully published, is now working on its sixth book. All published books can be viewed online via 

The LDTF office is located in Susupe at the Joeten Center Building 2, Unit #. 

Due to limited operating hours, inquiries are encouraged over email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For program information and updates, LDTF are accessible on Facebook and Instagram. 

November 2020 pssnewsletter

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