NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) held its 24th Annual Celebration Dinner on Thursday, November 9, 2017. The event, which took place at the Westin South Coast Plaza, is the organization's annual fundraiser to support its scholarship program for Hispanic youth in Orange County, and recognize exceptional individuals who positively impact the lives and education of Hispanic students.
This year, HEEF awarded 106 scholarships totaling $194,000 for college-bound students. Executive Circle Sponsors for 2017 included SVA Architects, Edison International, Wells Fargo, and Union Bank, among others. The dinner gala also recognized the following honorees:
- Apple of Gold for Excellence in Education: José F. Moreno, Ed.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Chicano & Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach
- HEEF Scholar Alumnus Award: Gloria Itzel Montiel, Ph.D., Grants & Contracts Coordinator at Latino Health Access
- Corporate Partner Award: Northgate González Market, a family-owned and operated business spanning three generations
- Dr. Juan Francisco Lara Visionary Leadership Award: Reverend Rafael Luévano, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Chapman University
The fundraiser event also featured raffles for prizes including professional sports outings. All proceeds from the prize drawings benefited the HEEF scholarship fund.
Shelley Hoss, president of the Orange County Community Foundation which stewards the HEEF endowment, says, "We are so pleased with the work that HEEF does to recognize extraordinary leadership in our community and meet the needs of deserving students. We congratulate HEEF on the difference they make in the lives of so many of Orange County's most promising young people."
About the Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund
The Hispanic Educational Endowment Fund was founded in 1994 by a group of business and community leaders in Orange County who saw the need to support deserving students to reach their education goals. The focus of HEEF is to provide scholarships, mentoring, and support to Hispanic youth in Orange County, California. Funds are dedicated to students in early learning and pre-college stages, and on scholarships for those that are college-bound. Since its inception, the organization has awarded more than $2.7 million to over 2,200 students. For more information, visit www.heef.org.
SOURCE Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund