Hispanic Development Fund will commemorate 30 years of granting scholarships to more than 3,100 local Hispanic students

Local community leader Margi Pence and founder of the Hispanic Development Fund, Tony Salazar to co-chair event to be held on June 12 at The Westin Crown Center

Kansas City, Mo., April 14, 2014: In the span of three decades, more than 3,100 Hispanic students from the metro have received college scholarships from the Hispanic Development Fund (HDF), a fund created by local Hispanic community leaders and the Hall Family Foundation. On Thurs., June 12, HDF will celebrate its 30th anniversary at The Westin Crown Center with a dinner and awards reception, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Margi Pence, a community volunteer and member of the Hall Family Foundation Board of Trustees, will preside as event co-chair, alongside Tony Salazar, founder of the Hispanic Development Fund. Salazar currently serves on the board of directors for the National Council of La Raza and is the principal of McCormack Baron Salazar, a national real estate development and property management company headquartered in St. Louis, Mo.

“It is due to the ongoing support of the community’s charitable institutions and individuals that the Hispanic Development Fund has been so successful, providing more than 3,100 college scholarships to area students, totaling more than $3 million,” said Margi Pence, event co-chair. “In June, Tony and I hope to generate even more support, as this fund is crucial to ensuring and increasing educational access to local Hispanic students.” In 1984, the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund created its Scholarship Program for students of Hispanic descent pursuing a college education. One hundred, $100 scholarships were awarded the first year.

“As Hispanics continue to make up a larger portion of the population, there will be a greater demand for access to educational funding and resources that will aid to an improved quality of life,” said Mayra Aguirre, executive director of the Hispanic Development Fund. “While we celebrate the past 30 years of success with the help of our event co-chairs, Margi and Tony, our true purpose is to look ahead to the next 30 years and beyond, working together with the community to build strong Hispanic leaders throughout Greater Kansas City.”

30th Anniversary Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program Awards’ platinum sponsors currently include, Kansas City Power & Light, Truman Medical Center, Hallmark, Sprint, Francis Family Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, H&R Block Foundation and Edward F. Swinney Foundation, Bank of America Trustee. For information about event sponsorship opportunities, contact Mayra Aguirre at 816-627-3426 or email maguirre@gkccf.org .

ABOUT THE HISPANIC DEVELOPMENT FUND (HDF) The Hispanic Development Fund was created in 1984 by the Hall Family Foundation. In 2006, the Hispanic Development Fund became a regional affiliate partner of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. The fund’s vision is to increase educational access, build strong leaders and inspire philanthropy. Through its Scholarship Program, the fund’s goal is to increase the number of scholarships awarded and mobilize the community to make college education a top priority for every Hispanic family throughout the metro. For more information about the Hispanic Development Fund’s 30th Anniversary, visit http://30hdf.hispanicdevelopmentfund.org/.

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