AT&T Celebrates the “Gift” of Latino Stories at HISPA Three Kings Banquet

Employees Volunteer their Time to Inspire Middle School Students

Princeton, NJ, January 13, 2015 – Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA) will recognize volunteers and present awards at its 7th annual Three Kings (the three Wise Men) banquet on January 15 at the Hotel Woodbridge in Metropark, N.J. starting at 6 p.m. The event gathers some 300 corporate, nonprofit, government, education and other leaders. The banquet celebrates the contributions of the 1,500 supporters and volunteers who participate in the HISPA Role Model Program sharing their stories with middle school students and inspiring them to stay in school, graduate and use education as a way to fulfill their dreams.

Now in its seventh year, HISPA conducts its programs throughout New Jersey, New York City and San Antonio, Texas. The Three Kings banquet coincides with the traditional gift-giving period of the Nativity in Latin America. HISPA selected this theme to thank those whose gifts of support and volunteerism assure the success of its programs.

AT&T and its Hispanic Employee Resource Group (HACEMOS) have been a longtime partner of HISPA. The initial program to launch HISPA with the theme “100 Role Models in 100 Hours” was hosted at AT&T in 2008. HACEMOS members are participants in the HISPA Role Model Program. They also invite these students to participate in AT&T’s High Technology Day. In addition, HACEMOS members participate in the HISPA Youth Conferences in Princeton, New York City, and San Antonio. They have volunteered approximately 5,000 hours since 2008.
At the banquet HISPA will present its “Transform” award to ESPN as the Sponsor of the Year, its “Inspire” award to Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Organization for Latino Achievement as the Champion of the Year and its “Share” award to Manfred Morales of United Parcel Service, as the Role Model of the Year.

This year HISPA has created a new honor for the “Leadership in Mentoring” Award. The recipient will be Debra Joy Pérez, Vice President Research, Evaluation and Learning, The Annie E. Casey Foundation.

HISPA’s 2015 Annual Partners are Comcast, ESPN, ETS, Southwest Airlines, and Verizon. This year’s Platinum Banquet sponsors are AT&T and The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Other banquet sponsors are Investors Bank (Gold), PSEG (Silver), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Camera Mundi, Inc., Merck, PNC Bank, UPS, and Wells Fargo (Bronze).
“Our award recipients exemplify the gifts that HISPA brings to students,” says Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, founder and president of HISPA. “They tell inspirational stories that showcase the power of education, and inspire students to realize their dreams.”

“Research shows that our programs work,” said Yvonne Shepard, Chair of the HISPA Board. “After hearing these inspirational stories many students who never thought about going to college say, I can do it too.” “We are so proud to support HISPA’s research,” said Yvette Donado, chief administrative officer, ETS. “HISPA’s goals are aligned with the ETS mission to provide quality and equity in education for all.”
Media Contact: Michelle Peal (908) 313-4178 or mpeal@ets.org
Banquet Contact: Mildred Medina at 732-826-0415 or mmedina@hispa.org.
Tickets and additional information: HISPA.org