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Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley Names The Zazueta Family as Recipients of the 2011 La Familia Award

September 12, 2011, Silicon Valley, CA—Today, The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) announced that the Zazueta Family of San Jose are this year’s recipients of 2011 La Familia Award. They have a long standing history of civic duty and community pride instilled by Fernando and his wife Cecily. Together, and by their example, they have passed on their sense of compassion and dedication to volunteerism to their children Tomás (Tom) Zazueta, Antonia Charles, M.D. and Daniel Zazueta. Zazueta

About La Familia Zazueta

Fernando Zazueta was born in Mexico, came here as an infant and grew up as a migrant farm worker child, attended 16 schools and graduated from San Jose State. He became a Naturalized Citizen and served as an officer in the USAF Reserve. He is a personal injury attorney in San Jose and has served on local, state, and national mainstream and Hispanic bar organizations. His extensive academic, business and civic resumé includes serving as treasurer and president of the State La Raza National Lawyers Association. For many years he was parade announcer for the American GI Forum, is a member of the philanthropic Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, was a director and is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of San Jose, and for 15 years was the Founding Chairman of the Board of the Mexican Heritage Corporation. During that time he helped establish the annual Mariachi Music Festival and guided the construction of the Mexican Heritage Plaza. He retired from the board in 2001.

Cecily Zazueta worked as a public health nurse and mental health counselor until she retiredfrom Gardner Family Care Corporation in 2009. Cecily currently mentors at-risk youth at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Jose, and was past president of the local chapter of the American Lung Association (Breathe California) and was a member of the Junior League of San Jose where she was involved in its Annual Rummage sale raising funds for needy families

Tom Zazueta is CEO and President of Coakley Heagerty, a Silicon Valley-based strategic marketing firm. He is involved with The Silicon Valley Education Foundation as chairman of its Advisory Board for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) which helps underachieving students gain proficiency in those academic areas. He was also a member of the Downtown Rotary Club of San Jose and is active in his children’s Spanish-immersion grammar school in San Jose.

Dr. Antonia Charles works as a pediatrician to a mostly Spanish-speaking population at Valley Medical Center’s East Valley Clinic in San Jose and also serves as a board member for the Valley Medical Center Foundation. She is medical director for VMC’s Reach Out and Read (ROAR) program, a nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud to their children.

Daniel Zazueta works as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel for the US Dept. of Energy in Washington, D.C. Before going to law school, Daniel was a high school Spanish teacher in the East Bay. During that time he volunteered at a local community center as a citizenship teacher. He also led high school students through Mexico and Peru on a program that combined cultural immersion, language study, and community service in poverty stricken areas. While in law school, he volunteered at an immigration law clinic, gave workshops on tenants' rights, taught classes on law in Juvenile Hall, served as a mock trial coach in a local high school, and went on a brief humanitarian mission to Haiti after its earthquake in 2010.

“We are very fortunate to have the Zazueta family as a part of our community and are honored to be able to highlight their dedication and zest for community involvement,” said Ron Gonzales, President and CEO of the HFSV. “We hope that their dedication to civic and community duty will inspire many others to follow in their footsteps and give back to the Hispanic community in Silicon Valley.”

La Familia Award

Each year the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley recognizes one special Hispanic/Latino family with the La Familia Award for their exemplary service to the community. The selected family is honored at the Foundation’s annual gala event, the Hispanic Charity Ball. The Silicon Valley is a better place for Hispanic children and families thanks to the heartfelt dedication of La Familia Zazueta and previous Award recipients.

About the Hispanic Ball

This year the Hispanic Ball will be held at Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California Saturday, October 8, 2011. The first event was held in 1990 to raise awareness about the issues affecting the Latino community, to promote volunteerism, celebrate philanthropic leaders, and to provide a vehicle to support nonprofit organizations serving the Hispanic community with cash grants. Over the course of its history, the event has been a powerful tool for community philanthropy generating nearly $1,000,000 in grant making funds. Tickets for the event may be purchased by clicking here.