Park Cities People: 13 Beneficiaries Get Gifts From La Fiesta

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13 Beneficiaries Get Gifts from La Fiesta
$540K worth of checks given out by gala's chairs

By Margaux Anbouba

When the founders of La Fiesta de las Sies Banderas established their presentation ball in 1986, the goal was to save the oldest home in Highland Park from demolition. Twenty-seven years later, La Fiesta is now raising record-breaking amounts for 13 beneficiaries near and dear to Park Cities resident's hearts.

"Lillian Dona and Cathy Morgan did an amazing job charing this past year," La fiesta president Rebecca Beasley said. "We had fabulous volunteers and wonderful support, but it was their leadership and supervision that was responsible for that."

When the time came for Morgan to reveal the total funds rised at last week's check presentation event, the crowd grew still.

"The funds we are able to contribute come from a number of sources in La Fiesta, and the leadership and hard work of our co-chairs and their many committee members was a huge part of our success in the past year," Morgan said. "We are very happy to announce that this year La Fiesta will be gifting our worthy beneficiaries $540,000, bringing our total return to our community at over $6.4 million."

The largest gift, a check for $325,570, was awarded to the Highland Park Education Foundation.

"We believe that the best way to use these funds is in our school district, which is such a large part of our community," Dona said.

Some of the things this donation will fund include technology needs at Highland Park High School, Highland Park Middle School, and MuCulloch Intermediate School; the La Fiesta Teacher's Grant Program; continued education seminars for AP teachers; and digital hand-held microscopes for two ninth-grade science classes.

It looks like the incoming La Fiesta chair Laure Bannon has some big Christian Louboutins to fill.