2017 Beneficiaries

Click here for the La Fiesta Beneficiary Application for 2017-2018.

The following non-profits were selected to receive funding from La Fiesta in 2016.    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, almost 8,000,000 dollars have been returned to our community.  Recipients for 2016 were Highland Park Education Foundation, HP Arts, The Elisa Project, Connecting Point of Park Cities, Highland Park Literary Festival, HPHS Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, C.A.R.E. (Chemical Awareness Resource and Education), The Family Place/HPISD Be Project, HPHS Community Service Council, HPHS Student Emergency Fund, HPHS Science Festival, HPHS Counseling and Student Council, HPHS Youth and Governent/Moody Family YMCA, Park Cities Heritage House at Dallas Heritage Village, and Friends of the University Park Public Library.

C.A.R.E.

(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

The Elisa Project

Founded in 1999, The Elisa Project is dedicated to the prevention and effective treatment of eating disorders through awareness, education, support and advocacy. Through La Fiesta funding, The Elisa Project provides K-12 classroom programming and materials to all seven HPISD campuses.  La Fiesta funding also allows them to conduct parent workshops and awareness training for teachers, coaches and administrators at our campuses.   Evidence-based programs are designed to prevent eating disorders and weight problems by emphasizing the need for physical activity and sound nutrition, while promoting media literacy, positive body image and self-esteem. In addition, resource and referral services help community members identify treatment options and provide the latest research and information on eating disorders...read more

The Family Place

The Family Place “Be Project” is an essential piece of preventing family violence and peer bullying.  Our funding delivers the message to HPISD 5th-12th grade students that family and dating violence is wrong and offers resources and strategies to students in need of assistance.  The Family Place counselors work with MIS, HPMS, and HPHS students teaching them about bullying and problem solving skills. These students receive dating violence and sexual assault prevention education to teach them how to make their relationships safe and healthy and to enable them to be peer leaders in their community...read more

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 Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter

The HPHS campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity was organized by students and teachers to support the work of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity through three functions: providing student volunteer opportunities for building projects, fundraising for project build days, and educating students and families about the need for quality affordable housing...read more

HPHS Science Festival


The HPHS Science Festival encourages and inspires students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine.  Started in 2006 under the direction of Marie McCoy, the Festival has grown into an annual event coordinated by parent volunteers and the HPHS Science Department.   Over 45 professionals are recruited from the medical and business community to instill a passion for the sciences and to teach students about these important 21st century careers.  Funding from La Fiesta allows the event to update and maintain its website...read more

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.

HPHS Youth and Government/Moody Family YMCA

The purpose of the program is to bring the workings of state government alive to students. Students have the opportunity to discuss current state issues with state administrators, elected officials, and other students from high schools and YMCAs throughout the state. The Texas YG program is the most comprehensive offering judicial, legislative, issues, Model United Nations, and journalism (including print, social media and TV broadcast) sections all teaching youth to be informed citizens and future servant leaders of our nation. Due to the strong faculty leadership it is very well established and has been exceptionally successful in competitions.  La Fiesta will be supporting scholarships and help offset expenses of students to attend district and state tournaments...read more

Park Cities Heritage House at Dallas Heritage Village

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