Over 200 Attended INROADS Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Fundraiser
ST. LOUIS, MO, October 19, 2017 — For the last five years, INROADS has celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with their fundraising event, Visiones. This year, Visiones raised more than $100,000 in support of INROADS mission to identify, train and provide leadership opportunities to diverse and underserved youth across the U.S., and $10,500 provided 10 deserving students with scholarships.
“We’ve received overwhelming support for our fundraising efforts, and we cannot extend enough gratitude to the corporate, private and in-kind donors who supported Visiones this year,” said Myrna Garcia, Assistant Vice President, Strategic Account Manager and Business Development. “Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we raised funding for INROADS important mission and provided Latino/Hispanic students with college scholarships through Visiones 100,” said Garcia.
Now in its second installment, Visiones 100, INROADS Latino/Hispanic Leadership Scholarship program, has created a critical component of INROADS Latino/Hispanic Initiatives. The scholarship – awarded during National Hispanic Heritage Month – was awarded to current INROADS Latino/Hispanic interns who have shown leadership and academic excellence with a 3.0 or higher GPA and 3.5 GPA for high school students. This year, students interested in the scholarship participated in an essay contest and the winners are: Katia Uriostegui-Santos, Alejandra Leynez Chantres, Angelique Gonzalez, Daniel Rodriguez Mera, Jhann Heras, Lucero Delgado, Natalia Vanegas, Raul Paz, Stephanie Osorio and Alberto Aponte.
“I am very grateful to INROADS for the countless opportunities I’ve been provided which includes my internship with Ryder System (located in Alpharetta, GA). The level of impact INROADS has on us students is tremendous, and I’m honored to be apart of this organization,” said Pablo DeLaO, Georgia State University, graduates 2020.
Visiones hosted its first black-tie celebration on September 15, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta. The INROADS Hispanic Heritage Month event was dedicated to celebrating Latino/Hispanic art, culture and music, and Visiones 100 winners were revealed during the event.
“INROADS is in the business of creating talented leadership and developing that leadership for Corporate America. Because of who we serve, we are also in the business of diversifying the workforce with 21st century leaders,” said Forest Harper, Jr., president and CEO, INROADS, Inc. “The opportunities we provide to diverse and underserved students can only be made possible with the generosity of those who also believe in the importance of corporate diversity and its impact on serving in the workforce and the community,” said Harper.
“At FedEx, we are proud to work with INROADS to welcome a strong and capable class of interns every year. These students are ready to lead and add true value to our organization,” said Larry Jemison, Sales Executive, FedEx Services.
The 2017 Visiones sponsors included FedEx, Travelers, Kaiser Permanente, The Home Depot, Georgia Power, BAE Systems, UPS, EMG, Emory Goizueta Business School, Display America, Cruz and Associates, and Macy’s.
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Founded in 1970, INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that affects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. INROADS has placed students in over 135,000 paid internships throughout its history, and graduated over 28,000 alumni into full-time professional and leadership positions with over 1,000 corporate partners. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,300 interns and 200 corporate clients. Learn more at INROADS.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn: @INROADSInc.