A Dallas investment firm, Estrada Hinojosa, is hosting a fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Anatole benefiting Mi Escuelita Preschool, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches English to children from all cultures and prepares them for academic success.
This is the second straight year that Estrada Hinojosa has hosted the auction and dinner.
Several honors will be given out:
Dr. Elba Garcia will receive the Hero Award. Garcia has been a champion of the school for years, serving as the honorary chair for the schoolâs Family Fiesta Health Fair and acting as a community advocate. The Mi Escuelita Hero award has only been given twice before.
Ernst & Young will be recognized as the Group Volunteers of the Year.
The children at Mi Escuelita Preschool have made friends with the hundreds of volunteers from Ernst & Young who have been coming to read in the classrooms since 2006 as part of the schoolâs Corporate Readerâs Program. The Ernst & Young volunteers also host annual Christmas parties and make ornaments.
Bill and Elaine Johnson of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church will be honored as Individual Volunteers of the Year.
Over the last 15 years, the Johnsons have donated time and money to the children at Mi Escuelita Preschool. Every school year, the Johnsons give the children a unique educational experience they might not otherwise enjoy, bringing in kite-making kits, a music and rhythm band and more. Bill plays Santa Claus at Christmas.
Paul Trejo, a staff member at Blackrock investment firm in New York, will also be recognized as distinguished alumnus of Mi Escuelita Preschool.
Mi Escuelita Preschool, a 501(c)3 organization established in 1978, provides programs for at-risk children of all cultures between the ages of 2Â½ and 5. These programs teach children English and prepare them for a successful kindergarten experience at any Dallas school.
Currently, there are five Mi Escuelita Preschool centers serving more than 400 children. Mi Escuelita is a delegate agency of Head Start of Greater Dallas and is funded in part by United Way. To learn more about the school and its programs, go to miescuelita.org.
Of the more than 2,500 local day care and preschool providers in Dallas, only 25 are nationally accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and five of those centers are Mi Escuelita Preschool.
âWe are happy to support Mi Escuelita Preschool in their mission to teach English to children,â said NoÃ© Hinojosa Jr., president and CEO of Estrada Hinojosa. âHaving command of the English language is very important to your success, not just in school but in life. We are basically grooming tomorrowâs leaders.â
Tickets for the auction and fundraising event are $125 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight. For reservations, call 214-526-0220 or visit miescuelita.org.