Pan American Bank, Former Assistant Secretary of Education, California Superintendent of Public Instruction, and LAUSD Board President Join Forces to Benefit Nonprofit
On Friday, November 2, 2012, Pan American Bank hosted a Dia De Los Muertos-themed Casino Night Fundraiser for the benefit of the Eastmont Community Center. Pan American Bank was joined in the effort by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Thelma de Santa Ana Melendez, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Monica Garcia. During the evening the Eastmont Community Center Board of Directors presented the former Assistant Secretary with the Inspiration Award for her tireless work in K-12 education.
(l-to-r) California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Thelma de Santa Ana Melendez, Los Angeles Unified School District Board President Monica Garcia, Pan American Bank CEO Jesse Torres (Photo: Business Wire)
“It was great to see over 300 Eastmont supporters come out and help raise funds for this organization. It was especially gratifying to see the support of the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, California's Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the President of the LAUSD Board,” said Pan American Bank CEO Jesse Torres. “The Eastmont Community Center provides needed services to East Los Angeles youth and seniors through its many programs. They make a difference every day. Pan American Bank is proud to support and encourage investment in the Eastmont Community Center.”
The Eastmont Community Center, founded in 1967, provides needed education, social services, and health and wellness services that promote personal development and self-sufficiency. Eastmont Community Center provides emergency services such as food and clothing, housing, and job search counseling. Eastmont Community Center also offers child development services, educational programs for youth, English as a second language, citizenship classes, adult literacy programs, and senior services which include hot meals and low-impact exercise activity.
About Pan American Bank
Established in 1964, Pan American Bank is California's oldest Latino-owned bank and the second-oldest Latino-owned bank in the United States. Headquartered in East Los Angeles, Pan American Bank has served the needs of the Latino communities in Los Angeles and Orange counties for nearly a half-century. Founded by the first Latina United States Treasurer, Romana Acosta Banuelos, the Bank has stayed true to its mission of transforming and empowering Latino communities through banking relationships built on trust, service, respect, communication, and guidance.
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