Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund Announces 23rd Anniversary Celebration Dinner

by Ricardo Castillo


PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ORANGE COUNTY HISPANIC EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FUND’S FACEBOOK PAGE

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ORANGE COUNTY HISPANIC EDUCATION ENDOWMENT FUND’S FACEBOOK PAGE

NEWPORT BEACH -- The Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) is pleased to announce its 23rd Anniversary Celebration Dinner on Thursday, November 10.  
In addition to announcing the 2016 student scholarship recipients, this year’s HEEF Anniversary Celebration will include a memorial tribute to Dr. Juan Francisco Lara who was a founding member of HEEF, and an advocate for underserved Hispanic students seeking higher education.  HEEF will inaugurate the Dr. Juan Francisco Lara Visionary Leadership Award, as well as acknowledge these honorees:
•    Apple of Gold for Excellence in Education:  Nancy Dervis, Santa Ana Unified School District Educator for 35 years, Retired
•    HEEF Scholar Alumnus Award:  S. Oliver López Nájera, Ph.D. Biostatistics, Chapman University
•    Corporate Partner Award:  Peter Villegas, Vice President, Latin Affairs, The Coca Cola Company
•    The Inaugural Dr. Juan Francisco Lara Visionary Leadership Award: Dr. Silas H. Abrego, CSU Board of Trustees, formerly serving in national capacities advocating for Latinos •