2017 La Familia Award
Awarded to La Familia Escámez

“The Escámez family is a shining example of when community passion, a calling for service and family roots come together,” said Ron Gonzales, President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. “Their story is shared by many in the Hispanic community; we are proud to have them as the recipients of the 2017 La Familia Award.

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) announced that this year’s La Familia Award will be presented to the Escámez family of Redwood City for their commitment to provide educational opportunities for families through the promotion of the arts, culture and traditions. This is the second time in 28 years that a family from San Mateo County is honored with this prestigious award. The award will be presented to the Escámez family at the 2017 Hispanic Foundation Ball  which will be held on Saturday, October 21 at the Fairmont San Jose.

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley is a philanthropic organization, focused on cultivating philanthropy to address community needs and invest in the success of the local Hispanic community. Its signature event, the Hispanic Foundation Ball (HFB), was conceived to increase awareness about the issues affecting the Latino community and to celebrate giving and volunteering within it

La Familia

The Escámez family stands out for its devotion to community service and its intense, passionate volunteer work for more than 10 years in Redwood City and other cities of the San Francisco Bay area. This family from Redwood City is originally from Mexico City.  Verónica Escámez, a teacher, theater director, and social worker who immigrated to San Francisco Bay Area more than twenty years ago, is at the head of the family.

Their Story and Their Work

Veronica founded the nonprofit Casa Circulo Cultural (CCC), which has become an important element for the development of Latin American culture in the San Francisco Bay area. Among the services provided by CCC are theater classes, music, dance, singing, poetry, Taekwondo, publishing of books in Spanish, online radio, scholarships, and many more family and community activities. 

Casa Circulo Cultural has become a home for many of the adults that come to drop of their kids for classes.  While waiting, the adults take English lessons, painting lessons, theater and much more.  The Escámez Family also works with families and children to help them become contributing members of the Redwood City community through leadership training, community activism, civic awareness and helping them set an example for others.  

Their Children

Veronica, as well as her children: Gerardo (Taekwondo instructor), Octavio (family fitness instructor), Fernando (a talented artist, in charge of the construction of stage sets for theatre performances, designs floats for Casa Circulo’s appearances in the annual 4th of July Parade and Hometown Holiday’s Parade, as well as everything that has to do with art in multiple presentations conducted by CCC in public spaces) and Manuel (a Professor of the University of Mexico who works from Mexico publishing for CCC as well as giving lectures when he travels to Redwood City.

“The Escámez family is a shining example of when community passion, a calling for service and family roots come together,” said Ron Gonzales, President and CEO of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley.  “Their story is shared by many in the Hispanic community; we are proud to have them as the recipients of the 2017 La Familia Award.