17th Annual Tamalada
Every year in December, the El Monte Promise Foundation hosts the Annual Tamalada fundraising dinner as a way for community members to gather to celebrate the successes of the year and to honor outstanding accomplishments in the community with the Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award. The funds raised at this event go directly to support the EMPF Scholar Savings Program and operations.
The Tamalada began in 2004 as a grassroots movement by the El Monte Coalition of Latino Professionals to fundraise for student scholarships. With the creation of the El Monte Promise Foundation in 2012, the event grew. It now brings together hundreds of community members, including leaders from state and local government, community and business organizations, and our educations partners from the local school districts and community college.
This event provides a valuable opportunity for community members to show their support of the important work of the El Monte Promise Foundation as build cradle-to-college pathways in El Monte and the surrounding communities.
Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award
The Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award is named after Roberto “Bobby” Salcedo, a respected El Monte Union educator who graduated from Mountain View High School in 1994, taught at South El Monte High School and served as an administrator at South El Monte, Mountain View and El Monte high schools. He served on the El Monte City School District Board of Education at the time of his untimely death in 2009.
Bobby Salcedo was born and raised in our community, and he played a vital role as a mentor for our students, and an inspiration for his colleagues.
The Bobby Salcedo Esperanza Award is awarded to outstanding educators who exemplify Salcedo’s tireless commitment to education.
El Monte City School District
Mountain View School District
El Monte Union High School District
Rio Hondo College
California Community Foundation
Richard Hanson—El Monte City School District
Priscilla Figueroa—Mountain View School District
Cesar Castellanos—El Monte Union High School District
In Honor of Mariana Baserga Moving Barriers Fund
To support students with their college applications and enrollment
Mariana Baserga was a long-time volunteer, friend, and supporter of the El Monte Promise Foundation. Before Mariana passed away on September 26, 2019, Mariana made her family and friends promise to keep fighting for the things she was most passionate about: children and access to college education.
The Mariana Baserga Moving Barriers Fund was established by Mariana’s loved ones and supported by her family and friends who want to carry on Mariana’s wishes. All gifts to the Moving Barriers Fund will go directly to help students pay for college applications and enrollment fees for college and university.
To donate to the Mariana Baserga Moving Barriers