33rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Scholarship & Awards Banquet Gala

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33rd Annual Cinco de Mayo Scholarship & Awards Banquet Gala

By Felicitas Villarreal

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or the past 33 years El Cinco de Mayo, Inc. has served the Colorado Springs community by sponsoring various cultural events such as the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in downtown Colorado Springs. Over the past 20 years they have worked hard to provide over $150,000 in scholarships to area students, who are underrepresented/underserved in Southern Colorado colleges and universities, to achieve their dream of a higher education.

One of the most influential supporters of this organization and its mission was the late Founder/Owner/Editor of Hispania News, Robert “Bob” Armendáriz. In May of 2012, Bob passed away suddenly and left a hole in the Hispanic community. El Cinco de Mayo, Inc., honors Bob’s legacy with a scholarship in his name in addition to their El Cinco de Mayo, Inc. general scholarship. This scholarship has been in place since his death four years ago.

US armyQuick links: Robert “Bob” Armendáriz Scholarship Application

Each year’s number of scholarships and amounts awarded are dependent on the amount of funds raised by El Cinco de Mayo, Inc. These scholarships are funded by generous private donations. However, the

main fundraising for these scholarships occurs at their annual banquet and gala.

This year’s gala begins with a social and silent auction, followed by the main program and keynote speaker, and topped off by a dance. This year’s keynote speaker is Deborah Deras, motivational speaker and music will be provided by Sangre Joven of Taos, NM.

More information about the event and El Cinco de Mayo, Inc. can be found on the organization’s webpage www.elcincodemayo.org. Donations to the Robert “Bob” Armendáriz Scholarship and/or the El Cinco de Mayo, Inc. general scholarship can be made on the website as well.