CELEBRATING THE FUTURE AND THOSE WHO WILL BUILD IT
Coming Up: ASU April 5, 2017 | NAU September 13, 2016 | UA November 2, 2016
Our 4th annual Evening of Honors at the University of Arizona was a touching ceremony that celebrated our current student savers, their families, and our generous donors and sponsors. Earn to Learn also recognized the first graduating class of the program; 31 students at the UA are getting their diplomas this year after successfully saving for the past four years.
The event took place on a lovely fall evening, set in front of the historic Old Main building, as family, friends, and supporters congregated to acknowledge the achievements and dedication of Earn to Learn students.
Earn to Learn mother Christina Ballesteros touched the audience with her passionate story of how ETL helped her children save for and attend University of Arizona, a reality that she never thought possible. Keynote speaker, Dr. Melissa Vito expressed the pride that the UA administration has in the ETL program, and also announced that this year’s ETL graduates would be receiving distinctive dressings to wear with their cap and gowns to reflect their participation in the program.
ETL student Karen Munoz highlighted how the program has not simply helped ease her tuition burden, but also provided her with the tools for lifelong financial independence and responsibility. Student saver Genesis Matthew Perez Florendo entertained the audience with an animated soliloquy about the sense of community and support that ETL has provided with him at UA.
Throughout the night, we were reminded of the lasting impact that Earn to Learn has one student, families, universities, and the community as a whole. We look forward to the continued success of our students, and celebrating again with them next year!
The Cast of UA Evening of Honors 2016
Speaker: Kate Hoffman
Speaker: Cristie Street
Student Speakers: Karen Munoz, Genesis Matthew Perez Florendo
Keynote speaker: Dr. Melissa Vito
Parent speaker: Christina Ballesteros
Program Pro: Marleen Ibarra, Maisha Kamalebo, Kayla Bright
The Mighty Mentor: Annette Sanchez, Jazzmina Redondo, Dany Ibarra
Finishing Strong: Lizbeth Encinas, Nikita Stepanek, Deborah Lee
SuperMom: Itzel Montano, Khadija Abdi
Share the Wealth: Crystal Raygoza
iPad raffle winner: Sedona Boccardo
If you or your company is interested in sponsoring Evening of Honors, please download a Sponsorship Package here.