May 12, 2000

UCSD Hispanic Scholarship Council to Hold Fiesta de las Estrellas May 20

The third annual Fiesta de las Estrellas, a gala honoring outstanding Hispanic community members in education, business, law and community service, will be held by the UCSD Hispanic Scholarship Council May 20 in the Price Center Ballroom at the University of California, San Diego. Fiesta benefits undergraduate scholarship at UCSD and celebrates the achievements of local estrellas, "the bright lights within our community" who serve as positive role models for Hispanic youth.

Estrellas this year are:

Doris Alvarez, principal of the Preuss School, in the education category;

Victor Calderon, president of Calderon, Jaham & Osborn, in business;

The Honorable Federico Castro, San Diego County Superior Court Judge, in law;

George Saldamando, assistant chief of San Diego Police Department, in community service.

Proceeds from the gala will fund undergraduate scholarships for outstanding Hispanic students. The UCSD Hispanic Scholarship Council is dedicated to creating educational opportunities for promising young Hispanic men and women. Proceeds from the first two Fiesta events have provided scholarship support for 19 Hispanic students enrolled at UCSD, chosen on the basis of academic achievement and financial need. Fiesta continues to serve as the Council's salute to the estrellas of San Diego, and its effort to build on their success by creating scholarships for the next generation.

Doris Alvarez became principal of the Preuss School at the University of California, San Diego in 1999, after serving as principal of Hoover High School for 11 years. In 1997, she was named Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Other national honors include the Milken Educator Award and the Freedoms Foundation meritorious George Washington Honor Medal for Individual Achievement.

Victor Calderon's firm, Calderon, Jaham & Osborn, specialized in government auditing for several cities in San Diego County, including the city of San Diego. A strong proponent of the value of public education, Calderon has served on a number of educational governing boards and various community organizations, including the board of trustees for the Brawley Union High School District and Imperial Valley Community College District, and as a board member and president of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. In 1992, he was appointed by then-Governor Peter Wilson to serve on the California State Board of Accountancy.

The Honorable Federico Castro was appointed to the San Diego County Superior Court in 1987, and served on the Family Law Court from 1987 to 1989 and the Juvenile Court from 1990 to 1994. Judge Castro currently serves in the main courthouse in a criminal department. He has served on the boards of many civic organizations, including the State Committee on Public Education, the Board of Directors of Federal Defenders, State Defenders and Appellate Defenders in San Diego.

George Saldamando is a 28-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department and currently serves as Assistant Chief of Police, a position he has held since 1992. In recognition of his community involvement, Saldamando has earned many local, state, federal and international awards and commendations, including the Community Leadership Award from the Chicano Federation, the Hispanic Vision Award from the County of San Diego, and the National Hispanic Heritage "Eagle Award" for Law Enforcement Leadership and Community Service.

Fiesta will include a social hour and silent auction, dinner and entertainment. Jovana Lara, reporter for NBC 7/39, will serve as emcee and this year's Estrellas will be introduced by Hispanic Scholarship Council founding member Ramon Castro and Council co-chair DeAnn Salcido. Salcido and Maria Heredia are co-chairs of this year's event.

For information or reservations call (858) 822-1537.

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