HISPA To Honor Supporters of Role Model Program for Latino Students at 4th Annual Three Kings Banquet

FREEHOLD, NJ – The HISPA Role Model Bureau, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing professional Hispanic role models for young students, will honor key supporters and celebrate its 2011 achievements at its 4th Annual Three Kings Banquet on Thursday, Jan. 12, 6:00 p.m., at the Hilton Woodbridge in Iselin.

Dr. Ivonne Díaz-Claisse, president and founder of HISPA, which kicked off its fourth year in October 2011, announced Debbie Storey, Chief Diversity Officer at AT&T, will be the keynote speaker, and awards will be presented to:
• Yolanda Baker, CHUBB Group of Insurance Companies, selected as Role Model of the Year, will receive the SHARE award for her consistent and extraordinary support as a role model and her advocacy on behalf of HISPA.
• Merck Hispanos Organization (MHO), selected as Champion of the Year, will receive the INSPIRE award, in recognition of its outstanding commitment and efforts to further HISPA’s mission. MHO, an Employee Resource Group, is under the leadership of Pat Reyes and Nidia Malone.
• AT&T, selected as Corporate Sponsor of the Year, will receive the TRANSFORM award, for its consistent support and commitment to HISPA and its mission. The award also recognizes the company’s support of HACEMOS, an Employee Resource Group, and their participation in HISPA events.
Tickets for the event are available through Friday, Jan. 6. For more information, visit www.hispa.org, or send an email to francisco@hispa.org.
“Our annual Three Kings Banquet is an opportunity for HISPA to recognize and express our gratitude to those who have stepped forward and played key roles in our mission to make a difference in the lives of students,” said Dr. Díaz-Claisse. “We are also celebrating HISPA’s growth and momentum, which has been fueled by our supporters’ enthusiasm and their commitment to have an impact on generations to come.”
The Annual Three Kings Banquet is HISPA’s main fundraising event. This year’s sponsors are: Platinum−AT&T; Gold−ETS; Silver−PSE&G; Novartis Hispanic Leadership Network; and Bronze−BMS Unidad Hispana; Investors Savings Bank; Merck;Verizon.
HISPA (www.hispa.org) is a New Jersey-based national non-profit organization dedicated to contributing to America’s future by inspiring Latino students’ academic performance and achievement, and mobilizing Latino professionals to serve as active role models in educational programs. To date, HISPA has reached more than 2,500 students through its year-round programs since its inception in September 2008. The majority of the role models are in the STEM fields: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
In 2010-2011, more than 200 volunteers shared their stories with more than 500 students during visits at nine schools and at the HISPA 2011 Youth Conference at Princeton University held in June.
Over the past three years, role models – who emphasize educational achievements and professional accomplishments – have visited cities throughout New Jersey including New Brunswick, Paterson, West New York, Summit, Red Bank, Freehold, Passaic, Elizabeth, Union City and Perth Amboy.
One of HISPA’s key strategies is to support existing educational programs where at least half of the students are Hispanic. It also partners with existing organizations that have mentoring programs.
Visit www.hispa.org to get more information about HISPA and how to become involved.
For additional information, http://hispa.pingg.com/ThreeKingsBanquet, or, please contact: Ivette Mendez at imendezandco@gmail.com, or, at 973.518.1537.