HISPA Role Model Bureau to Hold Annual Three Kings Banquet

FREEHOLD, NJ – HISPA, a national non-profit organization with the mission to reduce dropout rates by mobilizing Latino professionals to serve as active role models, will hold its Annual Three Kings Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m., at Seabra’s Armory in Perth Amboy.

The celebration recognizes HISPA’s efforts for the past year and the 200 role models who provide support to educational programs across New Jersey. The event will feature dining and dancing, and a silent auction, according to Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, president of HISPA, which stands for Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement. The keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Negroni, Senior Vice President of Relationship Development at the College Board.

“We’re very excited to once again host our Three Kings event, our main fundraising event that will enable us to continue connecting Latino professionals with Latino students across the state,” said Dr. Díaz-Claisse. “This great celebration will gather over 200 colleagues, educators, and friends of HISPA who believe in our mission and have seen our growth over the last two years.”

Sponsors for the event are – Platinum: AT&T; Gold: Pfizer, Investors Savings Bank; Silver: Merck, Elizabethtown Gas; and Bronze: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Samsung.
Tickets are $90. A table for 10 is $750. For information about tickets, contact Mildred Medina at 732-826-0415; mmedina@hispa.org. Attire is semi-formal.

Organizations that have been invited include: AT&T – HACEMOS; Merck Hispanic Organization (MHO); PSE&G – ADELANTE; Chubb Hispanic and Latino Employee Network (CHLEN); Microsoft – HOLA; Johnson & Johnson – Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement (HOLA); PACTO – Princeton Alliance for Community and Trade Organizations (Latino Professionals in Mercer County); National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) – NJ Chapter; Latinos in Information Science and Technology Association (LISTA) – NJ and NY Chapters; as well as many HISPA supporters.

In its first year, members of HISPA’S Role Model Bureau have shared their life stories – with an emphasis on educational achievements and professional accomplishments – during visits with more than 2000 students in numerous cities including New Brunswick, Paterson, West New York, Summit, Red Bank, Freehold, Passaic, Elizabeth, Union City and Perth Amboy. The majority of the role models are in the STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

For more information, contact francisco@hispa.org and visit www.hispa.org. Media representatives may contact Ivette Mendez at imendezandco@comcast.net, or call 973.518.1537.