The Foundation for El Paso Community College raised over $40,000 for scholarships
The Foundation for EPCC hosted the fourth annual Fajitas and Margaritas for Scholarships fundraising event, raising over $40,000 in one night.
Photos Courtesy of EPCC Marketing
EPCC Culinary students preparing the fajitas for
the Fajitas and Margaritas scholarship event at the ASC.
The event aimed to raise money while giving students in the Culinary Arts program experience by competing in a fajita cook-off and a margarita shake-off.
The Foundation for EPCC is a department whose sole purpose is to raise funds for EPCC student scholarships. Every year financial aid uses these funds to award scholarships to students all across El Paso.
“This the pinnacle of their events for the year, all the proceeds will be helping to go to scholarships,” explained EPCC president William Serrata.
“Each that is given out will be helping students reach their dreams.
Scholarships are one key tool to helping local students graduate and make them well prepared for jobs in the future,” added Serrata.
Four teams of students each led by a faculty head chef competed against one another for the coveted “Golden Skillet Award” and the “Margarita Glass Award.”
Each team was tasked with creating their own unique fajita taco and margarita.
El Paso Community students
from the Culinary Arts department won the Golden Skillet award.
Attendees of the event got a chance to vote and choose the winners.
News Operations Manager at ABC-7, Stephanie Valle, returned to MC for Fajitas and Margaritas for Scholarships for fourth year in a row.
“College access and completion raises the educational level of our community and creates opportunities for all,” said Valle.
The Foundation for EPCC also took a moment to recognize some of the scholarship recipients at the event.
Recipients such as Culinary Arts student Mahala Johnson who competed on Chef Guillermo Trejo’s team.
“The fact that you had students before me, that paved the way for me to be able to receive it,” said Johnson.
“I think it’s an honor just to be able to be here, to do it for the next person, you know, that’s in my shoes.”
In the end the winners of the Golden Skillet were Chef Daniel Guerra’s team with their Surf & Turf tacos. These tacos included grilled sirloin steak with shrimp de la plancha, topped with micro cilantro, spiced aioli and fried onions.
Chef Ezequiel Gutierrez’s team took home the Margarita Glass Award with their Jalapeno infused tropical margarita.
Throughout the night attendees enjoyed a variety of tasty tacos, drinks and music by the mariachi trio Los Aventureros.
Guests were also treated to traditional Latin dances performed by members of EPCC’s faculty.
Economics professor Cynthia Gamez partnered with math professor Ubaldo Armenta for a dance off style tango performance with dancers Rachel Nathanson and Armando Saenz.
Dance instructor Cristina Segovia also gave a solo flamenco performance wowing the crowd with her twirling scarf.
Guests were also invited to take part in a silent auction, where they could bid for items donated by the events sponsors.
Approximately 200 people attended the Fajitas and Margaritas for Scholarships event, while raising money for the future students of EPCC.