The Rebozo Festival is a benefit event established to raise funds for Ventura County non-profit charitable organizations focusing on the cultural, social and educational needs of the community. This unique cultural event promotes the rich heritage of our area by highlighting the colorful Mexican rebozo (shawl) as our theme.


Rebozo Festival is a nonprofit 501c(3) Organization Tax ID#46-3641584.




Meet the Madrinas (Godmothers) who organize this fantastic annual festival.

Meet the Madrinas



Over the past 16 years we have proudly awarded grants to over 40 grant recipients.

Grant Awardees



Experience a full day of delicious food, rebozo displays and amazing entertainment!

The Program

5th Annual Honorary Madrina

A native of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Matilde Sanchez grew up in Santa Barbara, California and pursued her formal education at University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). She holds an M.A. in Education and teaches English, ESL, and Mexican folk dance at Oxnard College.  In addition to her studies in reading, linguistics, and dance at UCSB, she studied folklórico dance at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) and the school for the Ballet Folklórico de Mexico in Mexico City.

Mati began her teaching profession at Santa Barbara City College.  This stepping-stone early in her career propelled her to advance her journey as an educator to what now has been an enriching career stemming four-decades at Oxnard College. She is a highly esteemed professor and colleague, and a wonderful asset to students that have taken her courses in pursuit of personal growth and higher education. Undoubtedly, the number of students she has influenced over the years tally into the hundreds, if not thousands.

Mati holds her faith, and dear family, very close to her heart and in first place.  A close second, her passion for dance. She credits her late father, Edmundo Sanchez, “who shared his love of dance with me and instilled the joy of dancing huapangos huastecos from my home state, San Luis Potosi,” Mati said. Originating from a home rich in music and dance, and at the enthusiastic request of her students, Mati launched the Ballet Folklórico Mestizo club in the spring semester of 1981.  During these past 38 years and independent from her “day job”, she has simultaneously given her time freely as the director and choreographer of the Oxnard College Ballet Folklórico Mestizo while raising a family. For the last 10 years, Mati has had her daughter, Vanessa Barragan, working at her side assisting in directing the group.

Steadfast and with 20/20 vision, Mati continues to stay true to her mission: to promote the Mexican culture through music and dances.  The importance of that vision is constant and organically resonates in each member of the group, both past and present. What initiated as a student club has developed into a respected organization with a large following in Ventura County. Under Mati’s direction, the group members are able to dance their way into the hearts of supporters, families, community members while sharing the beauty and richness of the Mexican culture.

The Ballet Folklórico Mestizo performs year-round at countless community and school events, including participation in the Rebozo Festival for several years, and every spring hold their annual performance in April at Oxnard College’s Performing Arts Center.  The amount of commitment and time dedicated by Mati and the dancers are countless; however, it is all well worth the positive response and impact the group has on the community. Mati’s strong belief in making dance available for all, motivated her to develop a Mexican folk dance class as part of the Oxnard College curriculum.  This in turn has provided opportunities for students and community members to enroll and partake in the joy of folklórico dance.

Mati continues to serve others diligently in her roles as professor, colleague, director, mother, daughter, sister and friend, and does so faithfully with her skills and passions.


2018 Rebozo Festival
2019 Rebozo Festival


Trío Los Príncipes

La Gran Sonora de Colombia

In Stone

Oxnard College Ballet Folklorico Mestizo under the direction of Mati Sanchez

Mariachi Aguilas de J. Carlos Ozuna

Special Presentation: Estefani Lopez, “Mariachi Girl”

Sponsorship Opportunities

Call: 805.500.3292
Email: sponsors@rebozofestival.com

2022 Sponsor Packet Available Soon

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Available March 2022


at the door $70

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Available as of December 1, 2021
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P.O. Box 128
Oxnard, CA 93032-0128
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    Executive Board of Directors

    Irma J. Lopez

    Board Director & Founder

    Irma is a third generation Ventura County resident, raised in Camarillo and attended local schools; Oxnard College, Ventura College and University California Santa Barbara. Her father Pete Luna was born in Moorpark and her mother Sally Cervantez was born in Piru. She is married to Dr. Manuel M. Lopez, former longtime Mayor of the City of Oxnard and presently President of the Oxnard Harbor Commission. She has four daughters, Yvonne, Lisa, Marisa and Tiffany, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

    She was a 24 year California State employee, working for the Employment Development Department and Senator Gary K. Hart. She has been a member of many organizations and on the Board of many Ventura County non-profits; The Salvation Army, Ventura County Women’s Political Caucus, Tres Condados Girl Scout Council, El Concilio, Oxnard-Ocotlan Sister City Committee, United Way, Oxnard Performing Arts Center Foundation, Oxnard College Foundation Board, LULAC and the Oxnard Elementary School Personnel Commission. She is a founding member of; VCCF Women’s Legacy Fund, Destino Legacy Fund and CSUCI Presidents Circle. She has been recognized by the Girl Scouts as a Woman of Distinction, Oxnard Woman of the Year, Cause action Fund Lifetime Achievement Award and the Mexican-American Bar Association Justice Award. She was recognized as the 2015 Woman of the Year by Senator Hanna Beth-Jackson.

    “My proudest achievement has been as founding Madrina of the REBOZO FESTIVAL. The first Festival was held in 2005. The 12th Annual Rebozo Festival will be celebrated in 2016. When the Rebozo Festival Committee was established in 2004 it was with the thought of establishing an organization that would support Ventura County private non-profits that further the cultural, economic and social well being of our community. I chose the name “Las Madrinas” because we, the volunteer Madrinas represent the life force of this collaborative effort. I am truly grateful to these volunteers who work tirelessly for our community”.

    Yolanda Plascencia

    Board Director & Treasurer

    Yolanda Plascencia was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, was raised and lived in Oxnard, CA for 30 years and currently lives in Camarillo. Together with her husband, Alfredo Plascencia, President and CEO of Lazer Broadcasting Corporation, Yolanda is helping the Hispanic community in several counties of California by promoting education, community services, local and international news, music and talent through the various Spanish radio stations. She is a devoted mother of three children–Elizabeth, Julissa and Alfredo Jr.–who has helped them complete their educational goals to succeed in their careers. Yolanda has been able to achieve her goal of helping others, as well, by being a part of and contributing to great organizations throughout Ventura County, such as founding Madrina of the Rebozo Festival, 2004-present; founding member of Destino 2000, 2000-Present; member of Clubes Zacatecanos, 1999-2015; past board member of Camarillo-Autlan Sister City, 1998-2006; past board member of Grants Committee and as well as the Vision Committee for VCCF. Currently, Yolanda is a board member of the Oxnard College Foundation.

    Barbara Barraza-Ordonez

    Board Director & Secretary

    Barbara Barraza-Ordonez was born and raised in Oxnard. She graduated from Oxnard High School and has attended both Oxnard and Ventura Colleges. She worked for the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD) for over 40 years, in both supervisory and management positions. She also served as Secretary for the Western Ventura County Employer Advisory Council for over 10 years during her EDD career.

    Barbara currently does volunteer work for the Lighthouse Women and Children’s Shelter, located in Oxnard. She is also an active member of the Museum of Ventura County and serves on the Las Contemporaneas committee. She has been involved with the Rebozo Festival for the past 4 years. She currently resides in Oxnard with her son, Marco.

    Yolanda Lopez

    Board Director

    Yolanda a friend to many, always willing to give the best of herself and lend a helping hand. Yolanda has worked at Livingston Hospice for 22 years.   She is a member of the Zacatecanos Club and the director of their beauty pageant.  She is a member of a group who assists the Augustinian Recollects at the Augustinian Recollects Priory in Oxnard.   For 12 years she was a member of the local Fiestas Patrias committee and the director of the Señoritas Fiestas Patrias Beauty Pageant.  In her spare time, Yolanda is an event planner, making use of her talent working with flowers creating beautiful decorations for events.

    Born in El Palmar, Jalisco, to Don Salvador Pelayo y Doña Aleja Aguilar, the seventh of ten children, Yolanda has formed a beautiful family with her husband of 26 years Ricardo Lopez and their two children—Barbara and Edgar.

    Yolanda is a Rebozo Festival founding “Madrina.”She is convinced that this organization has helped the community in various ways—enhancing pride in wearing our traditional Rebozo, providing an event to promote our culture with traditional music, food, and entertainment, and giving funds to local organizations that greatly benefit from the financial support.

    Teresa Elenes Waisman

    Teresa is a graduate of Laverne University with a degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from California Lutheran University. She retired as head of the Adult Services Department within the Human Services Agency. In the past 15 years she has been serving on the Board of Directors for the Oxnard College Foundation. The Oxnard College Foundation raises funds for college scholarships and program. Teresa is a long time county resident and currently makes her home in Oxnard with her husband Bruce. She has two daughters Mandi and Marnie and one stepson Jerremy and four grandchildren.

    Eva Leckman

    Eva was born in Texas and moved to California in 1972. She received bachelor degrees from Texas A&I and UCSB and graduated with a masters from UCLA. Eva worked for the Oxnard School District and California Department of Education’s Beginning Teacher program. Eva is retired and her favorite fundraising charities are Oxnard Educational Foundation, No Room at the Inn, And the Rebozo Festival.


    Dolores Ochoa

    Dolores was born in Jalisco Mexico, and she has been living in Ventura County since 1966. Dolores, along with her husband, Javier Ochoa, have volunteered for the Migrant Education Program, Region 17, for over 18 years. She strongly advocates for the rights and needs of Migrant Families. Currently, Dolores serves as a board member of the Comite Cultural Mexicano, a non-profit organization that promotes the richness of our Mexican history, traditions, culture, and folklore.

    Marisa Michell Montgomery

    Marisa was born and raised in Mexico. She attended private Catholic elementary schools in Mexico before coming to California and attending Ventura High School and Ventura College. She returned to Guadalajara where she continued her education enrolling in the four-year nursing program. She graduated with a B.A. in nursing with a specialty in obstetrics. She returned to Ventura County and became a basic life-support instructor at Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC), teaching CPR before becoming a certified lactation counselor and supporting VCMC’s effort to be a “Baby Friendly Hospital.”

    Lupe Reyes‐Castillo

    Elsa Bello

    Elsa was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and has lived in Oxnard since she was 9 years old. She graduated from Oxnard High School and attended the University of Laverne. She has been married to Felipe Bello for 38 years, and they have two daughters, Susie and Teri and one son, Felix. She loves music and her hobby is dancing. She retired from Verizon Communications after 36 years and is currently working for Lazer Broadcasting. She enjoys working with people and helping community-based organizations.

    Laura Barroso

    Laura Lizaola Barroso is a lifelong resident of Ventura County. Born and raised in Oxnard, she is the proud daughter of Manuel and Otilia Lizaola, both immigrants to the Unites States from Jalisco, Mexico. Laura has a Bachelor’ Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Psychology and  serves as the Director of Employee Relations and HR Operations with the Ventura County Community College District. Prior to that role, she worked for the County of Ventura for 26 years in various public servant roles. Laura is committed to her community, and currently resides in Oxnard with her husband, Ismael Barroso.