DALLAS, Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Over 400 people attended the 10th annual "Cena de la Mariposa" fundraising dinner on September 7, 2016, in support of Mi Escuelita. The gala was held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas and emceed by Vic Treviño. The children were the focal point of the night as they greeted guests while dressed up as future architects and engineers. The dinner's "Bridge the Gap" theme came to life with this inspiring welcome, and a bridge backdrop lit up as attendees made their donations. Funds raised will be used for scholarships for children from low-income families.
As Ludwig Wittgenstein once said: "The limits of my language are the limits of my world." For 4.4 million students in the U.S., Spanish is their first language. Trends indicate that this number will continue to increase, which is why Mi Escuelita steps up to bridge the gap in English-language deficiency.
Another highlight of the evening was the launch of the Waki Waki Campaign. As we know, LANGUAGE IS KEY when acclimating to a new culture. The Waki Waki Social Media Campaign allows Mi Escuelita to capture people's attention by taking existing brand videos and dubbing over them with Waki Waki, a made-up language that doesn't make any sense. The 30-second videos will be uploaded to social networks so that everybody can be placed in the children's shoes and understand how hard it is to become immersed in a new language. Brands participating in the campaign include: Pizza Hut, Brigg's Equipment, the Dallas Cowboys, SignaPay, and LALA Foods - and the preschool is looking for more brands to participate.
The following organizations and individuals were honored for their ongoing support:
- Monarch Award – Mi Escuelita proudly honors Artie Starrs and Pizza Hut with the 2016 Monarch Award. Pizza Hut has been a committed partner in helping address the need for higher quality early childhood education. Thank you to Pizza Hut for their community leadership and to Artie Starrs, Elizabeth Starrs, Greg Creed, Carolyn Creed and Laree Hulshoff.
- Corporate Volunteers of the Year – McCarthy Building Companies
- Individual Volunteer of the Year – Adeline Cruz-Phillips with Dieste
- Sponsors included – Briggs Equipment (presenting sponsor), Pizza Hut, Alliance Data, Dieste, Kimberly-Clark, Lisa and Les Vines, Lynn Smith, Atmos Energy, Target, EY, Estrada-Hinojosa, Frost Bank, McCarthy Building Companies, Telemundo, Ricardo Barrenchea, Renza & Alejandro Díaz, Dr. Jay and Mary Jo Gartner, Mike and Flora Hernandez and Marcia & Noe Hinojosa. Valet sponsor was SignaPay. Photography Sponsor was Laree Hulshoff & Ben Fisher. Wine Pull was sponsored by Pioneer Wines, Patron Party was sponsored by Samuel Lynne Galleries. Our Dessert Reception was sponsored by Nothing Bundt Cakes and our Technology Sponsor was Frontier Communications. Event design and messaging by Dieste. Production by Tara Wilson.
"Our mission at Mi Escuelita is to give wings to young children through the gift of language. But we can't do it alone," said Gayle Nave, President and CEO of Mi Escuelita Preschool. "Through their gifts and sponsorships, our community is helping lay the foundation for success with our children. We are so thankful to all who partook in the 2016 Cena de la Mariposa dinner and those participating in our Waki Waki campaign."
About Mi Escuelita Preschool
Mi Escuelita is a distinguished non-profit preschool that teaches the English language to children before they enter kindergarten. To learn more, please visit http://miescuelita.org.
Contact: Adeline Cruz-Phillips
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SOURCE Mi Escuelita Preschool