4th Annual Dinner & Fundraiser

4th Annual Dinner & Fundraiser
June 21, 2017


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In partnership with event sponsor JP Morgan Chase, Project ARRIBA celebrated its 4th Annual Dinner & Fundraiser on June 21st at the Airway Marriott. The evening provided an opportunity for Project ARRIBA to share program accomplishments, engage El Paso stakeholders and further promote workforce development through additional investments and forming new partnerships.

A champion of higher education and founder of Western Refining, Paul L. Foster gave an inspiring keynote address at the introduction of Richard Castro of Castro Enterprises, Inc., last year’s keynote speaker. Project ARRIBA graduates, Jessica Oropeza and Bertha Contreras, shared their stories of struggle to a higher education and the role Project ARRIBA played in the attainment of their college degrees. Rev. Dr. Ed Roden-Lucero, Vice-Chair, detailed the important and ongoing work of EPISO and Border Interfaith and Martha Rochford, Chairwoman, appealed to the business community for continued private investments that are crucial to the ongoing workforce development efforts of Project ARRIBA.

Several companies and organizations sponsored tables at the event including Castro Enterprises, Inc., El Paso Community College, El Paso Electric, The Hospitals of Providence, Housing Authority City of El Paso, Hunt Companies, MIMCO, Inc., Strategic Communication Consulting Group, Texas Gas Service, University Medical Center of El Paso, WestStar Bank, and new partners Freeport-McMoran, Kemp Smith, and Mithoff Burton Partners. Net proceeds from table sponsors directly benefits the Project ARRIBA program.

All investments raised the night of the event will be applied to the Jim R. Phillips Endowment Fund, a perpetual income fund launched in Summer 2016 in memory of Project ARRIBA’s founding chairman. The fund will provide future scholarships to participants pursuing their four-year degree in nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso. Generous gifts and commitments were received from Ms. Nita Phillips, the wife of the late Jim R. Phillips, and other area individuals, businesses and foundations.

Approximately 200 people were in attendance and over $96,000 was raised in event sponsorship, table sponsors, and night of the event investments.

Read the Press Release on Mr. Foster's $50,000 investment.


Event Sponsor:

Table Sponsors:

Corporate table sponsors had their logo and company information displayed at the event and in marketing materials used by Project ARRIBA.

Night of Event Investors:

Adriana Garcia | Aliana Apodaca | Brian Kelley | Castro Enterprises, Inc. | Child Crises Center | Christopher & Sharon Ninkovich | David & Flo Buchmueller | Dee Margo | Eduardo Rodriguez, Esq. | El Paso Community College | El Paso Electric Co. | Eloiso & Dolores De Avila | Freeport-McMoran | Gifford Foundation | Gilbert Moreno | Henry Gallardo | Housing Authority for the City of El Paso | Hunt Companies | Ismael Enriquez | Jimmy Brod (on behalf of Carmen Perez) | JP Morgan Chase | Justin Chapman | Karen Benuska | Kemp Smith LLP | Ken Slavin | Martha Medina | Martha Parton | Martha Rochford | MIMCO, Inc. | Mitchell & Catherine Puschett | Mithoff Burton Partners | Nita Phillips | Norman Wood | Rabbi Ben Zeidman | Richard Castro | Robert & Consuelo Clark | Taylor Moreno | Texas Gas Service | The Hospitals of Providence | University Medical Center of El Paso | Vikki Rey | WestStar Bank | William Reed Leverton

Night of event proceeds benefited the Jim R. Phillips Endowment Fund.


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Project ARRIBA is a 501(c)3, Non-profit Economic & Workforce Development Organization
1155 Westmoreland, Suite 235 | El Paso, TX 79925 | 915.843.4055

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