Three Kings Banquet

HISPA Announces Fundraising Gala Awardees and Leadership Transition

HISPA, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Hispanic youth, is thrilled to announce the recipients of this year’s prestigious Three Kings Banquet. This fundraising and awards event, which will take place in New Jersey and Florida on January 18 and 25, respectively, will celebrate the achievements of outstanding individuals and organizations and mark a significant […]

HISPA CEO Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse Featured on ABC Tiempo!

HISPA CEO Dr. Ivonne Diaz-Claisse, had the amazing opportunity to interview with ABC Tiempo! Thank you so much for allowing us to share HISPA’s work and showcase our distinguished 3 Kings Banquet awardees with your audience. Your team was fantastic, and Dr. Diaz appreciated the warm welcome. Big thanks to Joe Torres for the thoughtful questions and […]

The Three Kings Banquet: HISPA’s Annual Fundraising & Awards Event

HISPA invites you to celebrate our annual Three Kings Banquet! This virtual event allows HISPA to award our extraordinary supporters, celebrate our volunteers, and raise funds to support our programs and empower Latino students.

HISPA encourages you to reserve your event pass on Giving Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at The first $5,000 donated on Giving Tuesday will be matched by the Díaz Family.


HISPA supporters give. They give valuable life lessons and academic and career advice. They give time from their busy schedules—early mornings, late nights, and precious weekends. They give themselves as role models. We are incredibly grateful.

Knowing that you give so much already, HISPA only fundraises once a year: for the Three Kings Banquet.

To reserve your pass to the Three Kings Banquet, we ask that you make a donation. HISPA suggests a donation of $150, the cost to enroll one student in the HISPA Role Model Program for a year. However, all donors will receive access to the event.

To reserve your pass, click on the upper right button that says “Tickets,” then select your desired donation amount. You may also scroll down to “Choose Your Own Donation Amount” and enter the amount of your choice. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. After you make your donation, HISPA will email you a link to join closer to the event date.


Date and time: January 13, 2022, 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Attire: Remember, this is a virtual event, so wear whatever black tie means to you right now. Be it a ball gown or a blazer with sweatpants, wear whatever makes you feel comfortable, fabulous, and festive!

Agenda: Will be announced. We are pleased to announce our awardees:

  • Leadership in Mentoring Award: Verizon
  • TRANSFORM Award – Sponsor of the Year: Bloomberg
  • INSPIRE Award – Champion of the Year: Captain Roy Love, ANSO
  • SHARE Award – Role Model of the Year: Michelle Hernandez, Ph.D.
  • CORAZON Award: Mary Fernandez, Ph.D.

Further details are forthcoming. Subscribe to our newsletter for updates!

If you have any issues connecting to the event, contact

2020 Three Kings Banquet: Thank You & Photos

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for the Three Kings Banquet! It was our largest banquet yet, and we were so pleased to spend it with so many friends, volunteers, and supporters.

HISPA unveiled its new mission statement last night: 

HISPA inspires Latino students to discover their potential and ignites their desire to embrace education and achieve success.

And as I said last night, this academic year HISPA will surpass 1,500 Role Model Program school visits, impacting more than 15,000 students. We are able to accomplish this, we are able to lead students to discover their own greatness and potential, 

because so many organizations have joined forces with us and with each other to eradicate the lack of role models in the lives of our students. 

Last night demonstrated the power of what happens when people come together. We hope even more will join us as we enter 2020 and begin this new decade.

You may view photos of this event at:

HISPA Three Kings Banquet 2019 Recognizes Awardees and Celebrates Growth of Role Model Programs

By Michelle Peal

Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement (HISPA) held its annual awards gala, the Three Kings Banquet, on January 10, 2019, at Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. HISPA mobilizes Latino professionals to serve as role models in educational programs in their communities, and some 300 leaders from the public and private sectors gathered to celebrate the contributions of more than 2,500 Hispanic role models.

“Today, HISPA is over 2,500 role models strong,” said Ivonne Diaz-Claisse, HISPA CEO. “Tonight’s awardees are just a few shining examples of our role models’ bravery and what each of our individual contributions can do to make a real difference in young peoples’ lives.”

HISPA volunteers visit middle schools, participate in youth conferences and other programs with one common goal: to inspire students to stay in school, pursue higher education and achieve their dreams. Since its 2007 founding in New Jersey, HISPA has extended its Role Model Programs to Texas, New York, and Florida.

One highlight of the evening is the awards presentation recognizing those who have excelled in their personal commitment and financial support of HISPA’s mission. The following organizations and individuals received awards:

Corazon Award – St. Mary’s University

Leadership in Mentoring Award – Latino Networks Coalition

Share Award: Role Model of the Year – Joe Vincente, UPS

Inspire Award: Champion of the Year – Claudia Vazquez, Prudential Financial

Transform Award: Sponsor of the Year – Verizon Foundation

“It’s a partnership that has grown and blossomed, and we’ve been able to do some really great stuff,” said John Carrillo, director, Outreach Initiatives, St. Mary’s University. St. Mary’s has hosted HISPA’s San Antonio Youth Conference for five years now. “We do try our best to go above and beyond and try to provide the best service to the organization.”

“With the kids we try to tell them don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to network. Get involved,” said Joe Vicente, IT Manager, UPS.

“I feel very honored to have the support of my company to be able to achieve so much for the students. We’ve been able to help over 100 students, and I feel proud of the opportunity I have received,” said Claudia Vazquez, director, Product Management & Transformation Initiatives, Prudential Financial.

“Latino youth are very important, and as professionals we want to make sure our youth know that we were once in their shoes and that their dreams are possible,” said Alicia Garcia, Latino Networks.

“We’re very happy to be able to help with the magnificent work of HISPA. You don’t do these things to win, but it’s nice to be recognized,” said Martin Lopez, portfolio manager, Verizon.

The Three Kings Banquet coincides with the January 6 holiday of Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, the traditional gift-giving period of the Nativity in Spanish-speaking countries. HISPA selected this theme to thank the volunteers and patrons who share their gifts in support of educational equity and opportunity for Hispanics.