"This was a most welcome surprise from someone who we already hold in high regard as an NHI honoree. We can’t thank Adriel and his donation partners enough for showing such confidence in our youth." - Nicole Nieto de Sada, Senior Vice President, NHI
San Antonio (PRWEB) November 24, 2010
The National Hispanic Institute, now the largest Latino youth leadership organization in the nation, celebrated its 30-plus years of providing leadership education for top-performing Latino high school students this past weekend in San Antonio, through its annual Celebracion event.
NHI Board Member Adriel Lares, receiving one of 13 awards for individuals and institutions contributing to the betterment of the U.S. Latino community that night, announced a $150,000 donation to NHI – the institution’s largest donation to date.
Lares, former chief financial officer for 3PAR, who became Business Unit Leader for 3PAR, an HP Company, when HP acquired 3PAR this past September, transferred 3PAR shares from the Hewlett-Packard sale to the Gideon and Susie Yu Foundation, and arranged for an additional matching donation from Hayes Drumwright, CEO of Irvine-based company Trace3. This resulted in a total of $150,000 in donations as part of the overall package, with $50,000 each from Lares, the Yu Foundation, and Drumwright.
Lares, who first participated in an NHI program more than 20 years ago, orchestrated the donation because of his belief in what NHI offers high school students. He said, of his experience in NHI, “I not only learned the skills that taught me to communicate and lead, I also learned the importance of engaging with the community, and looking beyond just myself. I hope this gift will help many more young people learn the valuable lessons that I learned.”
“This was a most welcome surprise from someone who we already hold in high regard as an NHI honoree,” said Nicole Nieto de Sada, Senior Vice President for NHI. “We can’t thank Adriel and his donation partners enough for showing such confidence in our youth.”
This year’s Celebracion event included a national debate and speech competition involving 500 students from across the nation, as well as Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. The competitors were among the top finishers in a series of summer debate and speech competitions hosted by a number of universities and liberal arts colleges across the U.S. and in Panama.
In addition to NHI’s annual summer speech and debate programs, NHI also hosts a summer series of youth legislative sessions and a summer series of sessions geared toward the college experience and civic engagement within the college framework.
NHI’s grounding philosophy is the concept of “social entrepreneurism” – which mixes business principles, awareness of social mission, a strong sense of cultural identity, and the self-sufficiency necessary to be a catalyst for change and progress for the entire community.
For more information on NHI, visit http://www.nhi-net.org.
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