Aris Elijah Pugal Foundation

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Our Story

On the evening of September 4, 2010, AJ Pugal (20 year old then)was shot and died on the scene in a Mira Mesa community. AJ was a very loving, friendly, and a God-fearing man and had no known enemy. He was simply a victim of wrongdoings of some and happened to be in a wrong place and in a wrong time. Nevertheless, we all know that it was God’s appointed time for AJ that night.

After two years of grieving for their unexpected loss, AJ parents; Abdon and Mayette Pugal approached some close friends to start a foundation on AJ’s behalf on Feb 2012. Through many prayers and dedication of friends, AEPF USA was born in March 6, 2013 and received its 501(c)(3) last July 3, 2014 from IRS to be federally exempt from income tax.

AJ Pugal left a great legacy for youths to emulate, thus the Board of Directors below would like to encourage you to partner with us on this great cause. All current Board of Directors are volunteers and proceeds received will be awarded in the form of scholarship, sponsorship or donation on school activities for qualified schools and individuals, as well support to crime prevention and gang violence.

Our Mission

To empower and support our youth in creative pursuit and higher education towards a brighter future through guidance, mentorship and opportunities.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create an empowered generation of youths that are confident in becoming citizens and scholars.

Meet Our Team

Abdon Pugal
Abdon Pugal
Founder/Advisor & Father of Aris Elijah Pugal
Marietta Pugal
Marietta Pugal
Co-Founder/Advisor & Mother of Aris Elijah Pugal
Elizabeth Penaflor
Elizabeth Medina
President/Board of Directors
Elmer Rodriguez
Elmer Rodriguez
Vice President/Board of Directors
Grace Mendoza
Grace Brown
Treasurer/Board of Directors
Jeremiah Mendoza
Jeremiah Mendoza
Secretary/Board of Directors
Ezekiel Pugal
Ezekiel Pugal
Board of Directors

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Aris Elijah Pugal Foundation (AEPF) USA is a 501(c)(3)
California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation
1932 N. Iris Lane
Escondido, CA 92026
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