Padres Heroes has a Winner

Telemundo and Verizon Wireless announce grand prize winner and local finalists of Padres Heroes Program

Published on LatinoLA: December 8, 2009

Padres Heroes has a Winner

Telemundo and Verizon Wireless, announced the finalists for its Padres H?roes (Parent Heroes) program on Thursday, December 3rd at a luncheon is Los Angeles. The companies awarded the grand prize winner, Gusmaro Reyes of Fresno, California, $10,000 and a free trip to Hawaii.

Padres H?roes is a community program designed by Telemundo, in partnership with Verizon Wireless, to celebrate the efforts and sacrifices made by parents to secure a college education for their children. The companies recognized other local Padres del A??o, including:

Nominee: Patricia Huerta
Nominated by her Daughter, Monica Perales

Nominee: Catalina Pe??a
Nominated by her Daughter, Cristina Pe??a

Nominee: Francisco Haro
Nominated by his Daughter, Rosio Haro

Nominee: Judy Estrada
Nominated by her Son, Juan Estrada

Nominee: Obdulia Cosio
Nominated by her Daughter-in-Law, Ruby Gaucin

Nominee: Martha Calderon
Nominated by her Daughter, Letisia Calderon

Nominee: Gusmaro Reyes
Nominated by his Daughter, Maryann Reyes

Nominee: Juvencio Marquez
Nominated by his Daughter, Rebeca Marquez

"We are so thrilled with the outpouring of community support for the Padres H?roes program," said Ron Gordon, President, Telemundo Stations Group. "The personal stories submitted with each nomination are extremely touching. Along with our partners at Verizon Wireless, we are inspiring our audiences and communities to continue to invest in education and to always strive for more."

After receiving over 200 nominations, nineteen finalists were selected based on their compelling original stories and the impact they had on inspiring their sons and daughters to attend college.

Nominees were selected across 8 participating markets, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver, San Diego, Fresno and El Paso. Viewers in each market were asked to vote for their favorite nominee from their respective market. Over 5,000 votes were cast across all markets during a 12-day period. The winner in each market was announced as the local Padre del A??o and became eligible to win the grand prize and be named the national Padre del A??o.

The Padres H?roes program was created to address the issue of students not completing high school, an issue that largely affects the Hispanic community. The initiative aims to highlight the importance of educational achievements in the Hispanic community and to motivate parents and students to seek a college education for everyone in their family.

Padres H?roes are hard-working parents who have managed to put their children through college with their dedication and tremendous personal sacrifices. Although they may work two or three jobs each day to make ends meet, they find opportunities to be strong role models for their children. Padres H?roes maintain involvement in their children's education by attending parent-teacher conferences, ensuring that their children do their homework, and inspiring them to dream of attending college.

Victor Franco (left), Telemundo Vice President of Community Affairs, and Luis Cruz (right), Verizon Wireless Southern California Regional President with the Padres H?roes grand prize winner, Gusmaro Reyes (center), in Los Angeles on December 3, 2009. Padres H?roes is a multi-platform community program designed by Telemundo, in partnership with Verizon Wireless, to celebrate the efforts and sacrifices made by parents to secure a college education for their children. Mr. Reyes receives $10,000, courtesy of Verizon Wireless, and a trip to Hawaii.

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