CEF’s HLAB Committee Hosts Second Annual Dinner to Honor Dorene C. Dominguez
On May 12, Archbishop José H. Gomez and the Catholic Education Foundation’s (CEF) Hispanic Leadership Advisory Board hosted their second annual dinner to benefit Catholic education and honored Dorene C. Dominguez of the Vanir Group of Companies with the inaugural Cornerstone of the Community Award. Dominguez was also presented with a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles by Council member José Huizar for her exemplary business, community, and philanthropic leadership.
The event took place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and the program was hosted by ABC7’s general assignment reporter and evening weekend anchor, Jovana Lara. Lara graduated from Holy Family High School in Glendale and received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University. Special guest speakers included Sr. Stacey Reineman, Principal of Nativity Catholic School in El Monte, and Dominic Hernandez, a former CEF scholarship recipient. Hernandez’s heartfelt speech highlighted the impact CEF and a Catholic education have had on life and academic career. He will graduate from UC Santa Barbara this year and plans to join the priesthood.
The Board and Staff of CEF would like to acknowledge and thank all of our generous donors and friends for your unwavering support of Catholic education. A special thank you to the musicians from St. Genevieve High School, student ambassadors from Pomona Catholic High School, and everyone else who contributed their time and efforts to help make this evening possible. The event was attended by more than 400 guests, raised over $16,000 for tuition assistance from day-of donations and pledges, and grossed over $272,000 in ads, tickets, donations, and sponsorships!