2023 Beneficiaries


The following non-profits were selected to receive funding from La Fiesta in 2023.    We are proud to support these agencies that are responsible for many good works and enhancements to the quality of life in our community.  We are grateful to the many individuals, companies and committee members who make these gifts possible. Since our founding in 1986, over $10,800,000 have been returned to our community.  Recipients for 2023 were Boys & Girls Clubs, CARE Dallas (Chemical Awareness Resource and Education), Connecting Point of Park Cities, Friends of the Highland Park Library, Friends of the University Park Public Library, Highland Park Education Foundation, HP Arts, Highland Park Literary Festival, Highland Park Science & Technology Festival,  HPHS Community Service Council, HPHS Special Olympics, HPHS Student Emergency Fund, HPHS Student Council, MIS/Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology,  Moody Family YMCA/The Ashford Rise School, Be Like Me and Park Cities Heritage House at Old City Park.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas' mission is to enable young people, especially those that need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  They provide evidence based programs designed to address the problems that youth face today.www.bgcdallas.org

CARE Dallas

(Chemical Awareness Resources and Education) provides the Park Cities community with programs, classes, referrals and resources designed to prevent and identify substance abuse, as well as provide treatment and recovery from substance abuse...read more

 Connecting Point of Park Cities, (CPPC)

The mission of CPPC is to integrate individuals with disabilities into the Highland Park and University Park communities after high school by offering a pioneer program with robust services. CPPC will partner with local education agencies, businesses, and recreational centers, and will encourage substantial community volunteerism. CPPC will be a licensed provider by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and will offer a safe, nurturing, and educational environment for individuals with disabilities. CPPC is in its initial start up phase, with anticipated expenses of $300,000 needed to hire administrative staff, purchase necessary equipment and begin programming. Funding from La Fiesta will be allocated to the curriculum development of the program...read more

Friends of Highland Park Library

Friends of the Highland Park Library was created in 1981 to encourage community awareness of and involvement in the Highland Park Library. Friends of the Highland Park Library promotes the library's resources and services and stimulate gifts, endowments and memorials. They also provide special and unusual items which would benefit the library but cannot be purchased from the Town of Highland Park's budget. http://www.hplibrary.info/

Friends of the University Park Public Library

The mission of the University Park Public Library is to provide exemplary library service and to inspire lifelong learning in a dynamic, welcoming atmosphere.  La Fiesta support focuses on providing books and other media for the children and youth collections, including programming and supplies for Children’s Story Time...read more

Highland Park Education Foundation

The Education Foundation was founded in 1984 as a nonprofit to support quality education in the Highland Park Independent School District.  The Foundation's mission is to seek resources to assist in the preservation and enrichment of quality education throughout the HPISD. Gifts to the Foundation, once used to enhance our schools, now provide critical support in all areas, including instructional programs, material and technology vital to the education of our children, the Teacher of the Year program, professional management of the Tartan Fund endowment, teacher grants and student scholarships at HPHS...read more

Highland Park Literary Festival

The goal of the HP Literary Festival is to inspire and encourage students to celebrate language in its artfully written, spoken, and sung forms. At the heart of the festival is a community-wide event featuring a keynote address by a well-known literary figure.  La Fiesta funding allows this popular event to be offered at no charge.  The Festival includes over 60 workshops for all HPHS students led by accomplished professional authors, journalists, poets, songwriters and playwrights.  The week also features student assemblies with the keynote speaker, a parent book club discussion, and a student-run Open Mic Night and culminates with a student writing contest and a special awards breakfast...read more

HP Arts

HP Arts is a non-profit agency founded in 1987 to enrich students’ educational experiences at all seven HPISD campuses by encouraging student interest and participation in fine arts.  HP Arts provides opportunities for students to develop their individual potential in the arts through programs featuring professional artists, equipment and instruments to support the arts curriculum across HPISD...read more

HPHS Community Service Council

HPHS Community Service Council offers information and organizes community service projects throughout the Metroplex for high school students seeking opportunities to volunteer and serve others.  La Fiesta funding supports the student website and two outreach projects sponsored by CSC members...read more

HPHS Counseling Department and Student Council

The Highland Park Student Council and the HPHS Counseling Department work in conjunction to promote healthy relationships. The funds received from La Fiesta are used for materials and treats for high school students in support of the Anti-Bullying Awareness Week and the Teen Dating Violence Awareness Week...read more

HPHS Science & Technology Festival

Sponsored by the Science Faculty at Highland Park High School and organized by parent volunteers, the mission of the Sci-Tech Fest is to encourage and inspire students to pursue careers in medicine, research, technology, engineering and science. The Festival features over 50 speakers representing careers in Science, Engineering, Medicine, Research and Technology at the High School campus, also with a keynote event before the festival.

HPHS Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to students in need, including daily lunches, school supplies and workbooks, field trip and UIL competition expenses, prescription lenses, senior activity and graduation fees, and workshop expenses.

 MIS/HPMS Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to students in need, including daily lunches, school supplies and workbooks, field trip and UIL competition expenses, and prescription lenses.

MIS Mental Health Program/Center for Integrative Counseling and Psychology

La Fiesta supports the Social and Emotional Learning Program for McCulloch Intermediate School that is provided through The Center for Integrative Counseling & Psychology. The Center creates and implements a series of programs for 5th grade students to help them grow through and overcome life’s changes and challenges.  The Center provides high-quality counseling, training, psychological evaluations, and educational testing that equip children, teens, and adults to grow through and overcome life’s changes and challenges. La Fiesta funding supports the Social and Emotional Learning Program for McCulloch Intermediate School.

Moody Family YMCA/Ashford Rise School

The Ashford Rise School of Dallas provides the highest quality of early education services to children ages six months to six years with and without disabilities in an inclusive environment. Rise delivers comprehensive education, intervention, and therapy to our students during their formative years. Master's level educators and on-staff speech, occupational, physical, and music therapists help us to meet each students' individual needs, resulting in a tailored educational and social experience for each child. La Fiesta provides funding to offset costs of attendance.

Park Cities Heritage House at Old City Park

The Park Cities Heritage House, originally saved from destruction as the oldest house in Highland Park, was moved in 1986 to the Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, which is operated by the Dallas County Heritage Society.  La Fiesta funding supports the annual maintenance needs of the home that currently serves as the Executive Offices of the Dallas County Heritage Society...read more

To Be Like Me

To Be Like Me is a nonprofit disability awareness program geared towards school-aged kids, graduate students, and special groups. We provide in-person and online interactions led by people living with disabilities.  Through meaningful interactions with our Leaders, we create a learning opportunity that fosters empathy and compassion and equips our communities to be more inclusive.  La Fiesta funds a Disability Awareness Program for 4th-6th graders at HPISD.