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The El Monte Promise Foundation will Celebrate the Accomplishments of El Monte Educators and Community in Annual End-of-Year Event


December 7, 2020                                 


The El Monte Promise Foundation will Celebrate the Accomplishments of El Monte Educators and Community in Annual End-of-Year Event

The 17th Annual Tamalada Gala will be held virtually on Dec. 10 at 7:30 PM

EL MONTE — The El Monte Promise Foundation (EMPF) is hosting their 17th Annual Tamalada Gala that will honor local educators and community members for their devoted work in paving a cradle-to-college pathway. For the first time ever, the event will be held virtually on YouTube at

The Tamalada began in 2004 as a grassroots movement to fundraise for student scholarships with a celebration of community centered around the Mexican tradition of enjoying tamales with a gathering of friends and family. With the creation of the El Monte Promise Foundation in 2012, the event grew. It now brings together hundreds of community members, including government leaders, community and business organizations, and our education partners from the local school districts and community colleges.

The Tamalada Gala will announce the Roberto “Bobby” Salcedo Esperanza Award honorees and a special Community Heroes Award, both of which will recognize the honorees’ impactful work done in the El Monte community.

Donations and sponsorships to the Tamalada event were accepted to support college savings accounts for El Monte students. Donors will receive a special Tamalada dinner meal provided by local restaurant, Cafe Tizon (located at 11308 Lower Azusa Rd, El Monte, CA 91732). More than 100 individual donors and organizations contributed to the Tamalada event this year, bringing in over $50,000 to support the college goals of local children.

Jennifer Cobian, Executive Director of EMPF, hopes El Monte community members and EMPF donors will stream the event to join in on the community celebration. “This has definitely been a challenging year for all of us. In many ways we have had to reimagine so many aspects of our lives including the ways we connect with each other. The 2020 Tamalada Gala is meant to remind the El Monte community of its resiliency and create a renewed sense of pride in what our community accomplished this year.”

The El Monte Promise Foundation is a community-based organization that unites the community’s efforts to create a seamless cradle-to-college pathway in the greater El Monte region. EMPF is committed to creating a college-ready culture and believes education is fundamental to a community’s growth and development.

For inquiries, families can contact Samantha Ruiz, Community Outreach Coordinator, at