Walk of Heroes Family Fiesta Celebrates Pedro Garza

May 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

When Southwest Key decided to move to East Austin and create change for a neighborhood living with decades of concentrated poverty they had the buy-in and support of the families in the Govalle/Johnston Terrace neighborhood. But they also needed a champion, a hero, who believed this change could happen and supported what would become the East Austin Children’s Promise. Pedro Garza was that hero – he believed in the power of education and what the people in this neighborhood could accomplish.

Annually Southwest Key invites the community to El Centro de Familia for a family fiesta. This year the fiesta also included the unveiling of the Walk of Heroes and recognition of the first honoree, Pedro Garza. Mr. Garza was instrumental in bringing $4 million in investments to support turning land that was once a dumping ground in the Govalle/Johnston Terrace neighborhood into El Centro de Familia. El Centro de Familia now hosts the national headquarters of Southwest Key Programs, the social enterprise complex, and is home to the East Austin Children’s Promise initiative – including the East Austin College Prep Academy.

The Walk of Heroes Family Fiesta was a celebration of spring that included non-stop activities and entertainment including children’s activities and cultural experiences for the entire family.  Guests were able to visit booths and learn about services offered by local organizations, crafts, mariachis, games, piñatas, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, snow cones…and much more! In addition, the Latino Arts Preservation Program students’ showcase featured ballet folklorico and a bilingual theatrical performance.

Community partner New York Life offered Identikits for families that included a fingerprint and photo of a child. The kit can then be given to police to aid in finding a child if they go missing. Seton Family of Hospitals brought a nurse and a dietitian to conduct glucose and blood sugar tests and provide information about diabetes.

Visit our Flickr site for photos from the Walk of Heroes Family Fiesta!

~ Narissa Johnson
External Communications Manager


Entry filed under: Community Center, Community Support, Culture, East Austin Children's Promise, Events, Partners.

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