Abby Sobrato Center Dedication Event
In the Summer of 2017, The Foundation for Hispanic Education created a space where students from Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA) can go to get academic counseling support, collaborate with peers, and unwind during the day. This space is called the Abby Sobrato Center for College Success. The Abby Sobrato Center for College Success was gifted to LCPA from the Sobrato Family Foundation. The Sobrato Family have been generous donors to The Foundation for Hispanic Education throughout the years. Members of the Sobrato Family have donated to various projects that range from campus renovation and new construction projects to student scholarships.
On Thursday, February 22, 2018, The Foundation for Hispanic Education (TFHE) honored the Sobrato Family by hosting a Dedication to Abby Sobrato. The event took place in Sobrato Hall West in San Jose, CA and community leaders ranging from Councilmembers, representatives from Santa Clara University and the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, personnel from the Mayor’s Office and many others showed their support by attending the Dedication. The event kicked off with a lunch and networking hour amongst honorees and guests. TFHE President, Ed Alvarez, welcomed guests by recognizing TFHE’s partner organizations: Santa Clara University School of Law, School of Education, Saint Mary’s College, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, Alum Rock Counseling Center, Santa Clara County Mental Health Services, Voices Dual Language Academy, and Peninsula College Fund.
TFHE had the honor of having San Jose Vice Mayor, Magdalena Carrasco, speak at the Dedication. Vice Mayor Carrasco spoke on the importance of providing resources to communities in need and in positively engaging our community’s youth. John Matthew Sobrato, LCPA’s Director of Assessment and Learning, closed the Dedication’s lunch hour with a heartfelt speech about his work at the Foundation and his mother’s legacy. John Matthew adds “The Abby Sobrato Center for College Success would have been my mother’s favorite space [in the building]. Abby loved students and cherished watching them work together, collaborate and tackle life challenges collectively. She wanted educational spaces to be high quality and vibrant, both of which are reflected in the College Success center itself”. The speech was followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Abby Sobrato Center for College Success with plaques being presented to the Sobrato Family and closed out with a student panel featuring Foundation 11th and 12th graders.