A Spectacular Quinceañera for a Foster Care Young Latina

Alicia Garcia de Angela

Los Angeles Local News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Quinceanera.com, Christine Devine, from Fox 11 News, and generous donations from benefactors help a young Latina celebrate an important Hispanic tradition.

Los Angeles, March 24, 2014 – One of the most important and happiest moments in the life of a teenage Latina is the quinceañera celebration. For Latina teens within the foster care system, this special day can also be difficult to make a reality. Working to make one of these girls’ dreams come true, Quinceanera.com, The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, and Christine Devine from Fox 11 News joined together on March 20th to celebrate an unforgettable quinceañera for Yesenia, a young Latina currently living with a foster family with her sister, Carla.

Beginning at noon at the Culver City Senior Center banquet hall with a Hollywood style glamour photo session, young Yesenia started off the party in a stunning red dress from fashion designer, Roxy’s Bridal, along with her foster parents and younger sister, whom she appointed to be the maid of honor.

Shortly after, well-known journalist Christine Devine arrived at the event with the Fox 11 News camera crew, recording the ‘fiesta’ while also detailing the story of the two young sisters which aired in her popular segment “Wednesday’s Child” that helps children in L.A. County foster care find adoptive homes.

“It is an honor to be here and I’m extremely happy for what organizations such as Quinceanera.com and El Clasificado are doing for these special young girls who need a family,” said the popular television news anchor. “I met the founders of El Clasificado when they were finalists in the Los Angeles chapter of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year contest and I really liked the way they help Latinos. This is another example of their commitment to the community.”

This commitment also reflects a source of pride for Martha de la Torre, founder and CEO of El Clasificado and Quinceanera.com. “The most important thing for us is to help Latinos achieve their dreams—such as young girls with less or little to no resources within in the community. Through this celebration, which is essential to the Hispanic heritage, we have been able to do so.”

The big party continued with the traditional waltz dance, which saw Yesenia dancing with her foster father, an exquisite banquet that included authentic Mexican cuisine from the restaurant La Huasteca, and the cutting of an impressive cake while attendees sang the popular Mexican birthday song “Las Mañanitas.” There was also a lot of dancing and an extended unwrapping of gifts, like the ones donated by Macy’s, to add the finishing touch to a remarkable event.

“There aren’t enough words to say how much this day means to us. Thank you to everyone who selflessly donated, especially Quinceanera.com, because its work inspires the community to be involved,” said William Wong, Placement and Recruitment Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services. “Events like these give a voice to our children and help restore important rites of passages that are sometimes missed by virtue of being in the foster care system.”

Yesenia’s  quinceanera celebration was made possible thanks to the unselfish donations of the following sponsors such as Roxy’s Bridal, Macy’s, La Huasteca Mexican Restaurant, Kokolita Cakes, Angelica’s Bridal, Jimmie Hancocks y Aurora’s Golden Moments.

Check out the full story of Yesenia and her sister Carla aired in the television show “Wednesday Child” through Fox 11 News. For more information about adoption services you can call 866-921-ADOPT (2367) or log onto www.myfoxla.com for more waiting children looking for loving and permanent families to call their own and an extended version of this upcoming Wednesday’s Child story.

Alicia Garcia de Angela

Author Alicia Garcia de Angela

Sr. Director of Content and Communications at Quinceanera.com & EC Hispanic Media. Find out more about me here. Google+

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