Destino Fund to Celebrate First Decade with January 27 Gala Dinner at Ventura's Crowne Plaza

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Destino Fund, the Hispanic Legacy Fund the Ventura County Community Foundation, will celebrate its 10th Anniversary and honor Antonia Hernández, former president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, who now heads up theCalifornia Community Foundation. Circle of 10K sponsors sought to help Destino achieve $1 million goal to expand existing grant program, launch new scholarship fund.

Antonia Hernández, former president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and a nationally recognized leader in the Latino Community, will be the keynote speaker at Destino: The Hispanic Legacy Fund's 10th anniversary gala dinner celebration on Saturday, January 27, at the Crowne Plaza in Ventura.

Hernandez, president and chief executive officer of the California Community Foundation, one of the largest and most active philanthropic organizations in Southern California, will be receiving Destino's Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership and pioneering stewardship of philanthropy and its ability to strengthen the Latino community.

Thanks to underwriting of the dinner, all the proceeds from the dinner gala will help Destino, a fund of the Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF), to launch a scholarship program dedicated to expanding opportunities for Latinos in Ventura County, and to achieve the fund's overall goal of raising $1 million during its first decade.        

"I'm looking forward to reaching our goal and celebrating with my compadres who have worked so hard to bring in these dollars to help these kids improve their lives," says Hank Lacayo, one of the founders of the Destino Fund and its current chair. "I know we'll all feel like a million bucks when we celebrate that night because it's all been made possible by our friends in the community who are giving back and recognizing how important the Latino community is to our county," Lacayo added.

A limited number of "Circle of 10" sponsorships are available at $10,000 each, which includes a table for 10 at the dinner, a full-page ad in the dinner program, inclusion in pre-event promotion and an intimate pre-event cocktail reception with Antonia Hernández. A Title Sponsorship is also available.

For more information on sponsorship and the Destino Dinner, please contact Susan Walker, (805) 988-0196, ext 115.

Destino: The Hispanic Legacy Fund is the only endowment fund in Ventura County dedicated to providing opportunities for Latinos in Ventura County through grantmaking around issues of health, literacy and family strengthening. Destino has distributed over $550,000 to organizations in the County since its founding ten years ago by leading civic leaders throughout Ventura County.

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Established in 1987, the Ventura County Community Foundation is a family of charitable funds whose mission is to promote and enable philanthropy to improve our community for good for ever. Certified in compliance with national standards in 2006, VCCF's assets exceed $91 million and distributed $8.5 million in grants in 2006.

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