¡Pachanga! Sponsors Announced

 
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 ¡Pachanga! Aberg Center's 15th Anniversary Fiesta is one month away and shaping up to be the event of the season. The celebration would not be possible without the contributions of the following generous event sponsors.

El Gallo

The Jim and Lynn Moroney Family Foundation

El Músico

Peter and Susan Aberg
Mary and John Beecherl

El Baile

Michael and Ronei Moroney
Andy and Patty Smith

La Piñata

 
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Andrew and Elise Aberg
Randy and Becky Clontz
Holly Greef
Conway and Chris McDanald
Steve and Cathy Saxon
Marc and Janet Schoenecker
Gordon and MaryBeth Shapiro
Phillip and Donell Wiggins

La Mano

Scott and Lela Adams
Peggy and Richard Allison
Susan Catchings
Tim and Marsella Fults
Marilyn K. Haplin
Joan Hodges
Bob Kowynia
Scot and Anne O’Brien
Maurice and Diane Purnell
Kim Simithraaratchy
Jere and Carolyn Thompson
Peter and Hilarie Weinstock
Suzanne Wisenbaker
Shannon Wynne

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for their support of this event. 

¡Pachanga! Aberg Center for Literacy to mark 15 years of service

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DALLAS, TX, MARCH 9 – –Celebrating 15 years of breaking the cycle of poverty through English fluency and literacy education, Aberg Center for Literacy is throwing a Pachanga!   

The event promises the colorful elements of a fiesta with surprises in the mix to ensure a lively tribute to Aberg Center’s life-changing impact on individuals, families and the entire community. Pachanga! is set for April 27 at Hickory Street Annex in Dallas.

The event is co-chaired by the husband and wife team of Michael and Ronei Moroney, longtime advocates of Aberg Center. 

“We are fortunate to have Michael and Ronei working their creative magic as Pachanga’s, co-chairs and producers,” says Shana Harrison, Aberg Center’s executive director. “And I’m delighted to announce that Cristina Barboglio Lynch and Cristina Lynch are honorary chairs.”

The mother-daughter duo have played increasingly supportive roles as advocates of Aberg Center’s family-focused approach
to literacy education.

¡Pachanga! features food, cocktails and entertainment as well as a raffle and  silent auction. For event details and ticket purchases please visit abergcenter.org/pachanga

ABOUT

Aberg Center for Literacy is a 501c3 organization that provides tuition free courses in English fluency, GED preparation in English and Spanish, early childhood learning and family literacy. Founded by the late Charles Aberg the program fosters a legacy of economic security that passes from one generation to the next. Now operating in two East Dallas locations, Aberg Center is led by Executive Director Shana Harrison, and staffed by a team of 10 employees and over 200 volunteers.
 

Liliana Huerta: Grateful for those who GIVE to Aberg Center

                          Liliana and her son Mateo at St. Matthew's Cathedral

                         Liliana and her son Mateo at St. Matthew's Cathedral

The “American Dream” ideology is a notion that resonates worldwide.  This concept of prosperity and upward mobility for families and communities is what attracts so many people to this country.  Hoping that hard work and determination will allot them the life they’ve always wanted.

Aberg Center student, Liliana Huerta is going for her “American Dream” with those very aspirations in mind.

Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Liliana was 1 of 8 siblings growing up.  The long distance from schools and economic hardships prevented her from getting the education she needed.  “I worked in my mother’s clothing store to help support our family so there wasn’t a lot of learning time.” recalled Liliana.  She knew if she wanted to fulfill her dreams, she would have to take a big step, leave her home and seek an education in the United States.

Liliana arrived in the U.S. at age 21, unsure but resilient.  She knew that learning to read and speak English would help her odds of future success tremendously.  She also knew that there was little chance of finding a learning facility where she could afford tuition for classes.  A friend recommended her to a nonprofit that specialized in literacy programs and learning the English language with no tuition fees.  Liliana’s decision to take classes at Aberg Center would change the course of her future forever.

Liliana signed up for English classes and was very nervous after her first day.  “I was shy and in a new place…” Liliana remembers.  But more importantly, she believed in herself and knew that Aberg Center had provided her with the opportunity to learn in a healthy, inclusive environment. 

Fast forward to 2017 and Liliana is thriving!  She is currently enrolled in the ESL Level 5 class and also has her youngest son, Mateo, enrolled in the Early Childhood Program.  She has done so well in her studies that she was able to take and pass the citizenship test in English and is now a United States citizen!  Her next goal is to become a high school graduate by acquiring her GED. She still travels home every Christmas to see her family and show them how far she has come.

“I miss the food and the culture back home, but I’m glad I can go back and visit every year.” she says.

Liliana credits Aberg Center for helping her to provide for herself and her family.  “Helping others succeed is what Aberg Center does.  They took me in, changed my life and can help so many people with their literacy programs.” she says. 

Liliana hopes to pursue a career as a dental assistant when she finishes her studies. Her current and future achievements are examples of why Aberg Center for Literacy will continue its mission of building richer lives, stronger families and better communities.

On #GivingTuesday, everyone can have an impact!  Join us on 11/28 by giving to Aberg Center!

 

8th Annual Legacy of Literacy Breakfast

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Belo Mansion was abuzz last Thursday morning as Aberg Center took center stage for its 8th annual Legacy of Literacy breakfast.  This breakfast celebrates the hard work and determination of the many individuals that contribute their time and money to the continued growth and success of Aberg Center.  This year is especially significant as we celebrate our 15th year of service in the DFW area.

Anna de Haro, Public Affairs Director at iHeartMedia, graciously hosted the breakfast and Victoria Neave, attorney and Texas State Representative, was the keynoter speaker.  Todd Williams, a longtime public education advocate in the Dallas area, received the Aberg Literacy Advocate Award and we also recognized past board presidents Charles Aberg, Becky Clontz, Janet Schoenecker, Holly Greef, and Mary Carter for their years of service and leadership to Aberg Center.

Our student speakers were uniquely effective as they spoke about the direct impact the programs at Aberg Center have had on their lives.  Curtis Major spoke about his struggles to finish his education after many setbacks and how he is now closer than ever to becoming a high school graduate.  Student speaker, Marta Velazquez, expressed her gratitude to Aberg Center for helping in her pursuit to one day become a school teacher and for allowing her to play a more active role in the education of her children.

Celebrations of dedicated service and stories of resilience and determination made for an interesting start to the day.  Aberg Center also started a matching funds challenge following the breakfast to help us continue our mission of building richer lives, stronger families, and better communities.  We want to thank our co-chairs, sponsors, donors, host committee, board members, staff and volunteers for making the 2017 Legacy of Literacy breakfast a smashing success!

About Matching Funds Challenge: 

The Aberg Center has a generous commitment of $12,000 in matching funds, and you can help turn it into $24,000. For every donation up to $12,000 that the Aberg Center receives by Friday, November 3rd, gifts will be matched dollar for dollar!  Click the button below to support adult and family literacy programs that build richer lives, stronger families, and better communities.

 

 

 

Thank you for Shopping Sabah to Support Aberg Center

 
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A sincere thank you to everybody who attended the Spring Fling on Sunday, April 23rd or who supported Aberg Center this past week by slipping on a new pair of sabahs.

All last week partial proceeds from the sale of any pair of sabahs went to support ABERG CENTER for LITERACY's SPEAK|WRITE|CONNECT approach to literacy. Without the support of generous people like you Aberg Center would not be able to offer high quality tuition-free programming 200+ adults and children this year.

A special thank you to Sabah House for hosting this stylish week of fundraising benefiting Aberg Center. 

 

Liberty Burger to Benefit Aberg Center for Literacy with February's Give Back Burger.

Once again, Liberty Burger has generously offered to donate partial proceeds to Aberg Center for Literacy as part of their "Give Back Burger" program. 

Buy the "Give Back Burger" at Liberty Burger during the month of February and $1 of each burger purchased will go to support Aberg Center for Literacy tuition-free programs. 

The first Give Back Burger is the Tia-Wanna Burger:

 
 

If you are looking for a tasty way to support a great local business and give back to your community at the same time, order the Tia-Wanna Burger this February at four Liberty Burger Locations (Lakewood, Forest Lane, Keller Springs, Richardson)

 

Making a difference has never tasted so good!

Thank you to our Legacy of Literacy Breakfast 2016 Sponsors!

 
 

A big thank you to the 2016 Legacy of Literacy Breakfast sponsors for supporting adult and family literacy and for making the event possible. 

We are ecstatic to have Dr. Michael Hinojosa as this year’s keynote speaker and to honor Krys Boyd on Thursday, October 27 at Belo Mansion from 7:30 to 9 a.m.  Yes, we know it’s early, but we promise that the experience is worth getting out of bed extra early! 

Get your tickets NOW!

Presenting Sponsor

 
 

Gold Sponsors

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Peter and Susan Aberg
John and Mary Beecherl
Sapphire Foundation, Inc.
 

Silver Sponsors

 
 

Trammell S. Crow
Ann Parrish
Rob and Marian Richmond
Andy and Patty Smith
Mike and Mary Terry
Phillip Wiggins

Bronze Sponsors

 
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Michele Bobadilla
Becky and Randy Clontz   
Holly Greef
Joan D. Hodges
Mignon Jones
Tom and Jennifer Karol
Jim and Candace Krause
Conway and Chris McDanald
Eugene McDermott Foundation
Murchison Capital Partners, L.P.
Scot and Anne O’Brien
Maurice and Diane Purnell
Maury and Kim Purnell
Steve and Cathy B. Saxon
MaryBeth Shapiro
Janet and Marc Schoenecker
Teri Walker
Shannon and Kimberly Wynne


Please join us to celebrate the Legacy of Literacy!

Thursday, October 27
7:30 to 9:00 am

Belo Mansion
2101 Ross Avenue
Complimentary parking

Legacy of Literacy Breakfast 2016 - Reserve your Table Now!

 

The 2016 Legacy of Literacy Breakfast will be held on October 27, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue, Dallas. 

We are excited to have The Dallas Morning News return as our presenting sponsor and Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa as our keynote speaker. We will also be honoring longtime Aberg Center supporter KERA 90.1 Think Host Krys Boyd with the Aberg Literacy Advocate Award.

About Dr. Hinojosa - Dallas is home to Dr. Hinojosa. A graduate of Sunset High School, he started his career in education as a teacher and coach at W.H. Adamson High School. He has two sons who graduated from Hillcrest High School. He served an initial term as superintendent in Dallas ISD from 2005-2011, and returned as interim superintendent in July 2015. In October 2015, the Board of Trustees formally approved his return to the district as superintendent.  As someone who has experienced our public schools as a student, parent and leader, his expectations for Dallas ISD are high. He has implemented key initiatives, including the Teacher Excellence Initiative, more Public School Choice opportunities, and expanded Early Childhood and Career and Technical Education programs—all of which impact our Aberg Center families.

About Krys Boyd - Krys has been host and managing editor of the midday talk show Think since 2006. She began her career along the U.S.-Mexico border, working simultaneously at radio and television stations. A graduate of TCU, she returned to North Texas in 1999 and worked at Broadcast.com and Yahoo before joining KERA in 2001. At Think she has been a champion of literacy and has generously shared her time and talent with Aberg Center as a host and supporter of multiple organizational events, such as this Spring's Literacy in Motion.

To purchase your tickets or table for the Legacy for Literacy Breakfast CLICK HERE

For more information about Legacy of Literacy Breakfast please contact Shana Harrison at sharrison@abergcenter.org or 214-826-6501, ext. 105

 

Dallas Morning News Profiles Juan Felipe Herrera and Literacy in Motion

 
 

In anticipation for next Thursday's LITERACY IN MOTION event, and to celebrate his second term as U.S. Poet Laureate, the Dallas Morning News profiled Juan Felipe Herrera today.

Here is an excerpt from the profile, written by staff writer Diana Solis.

Herrera fuses languages of English and Spanish into words like sunluz or speaks ofbendita rainbows. Sometimes he drops in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs that peppers so much of Mexico’s Spanish. Other times, he will sprinkle in Caló, an edgy, inventive slang of the bilingual.

In his poem “Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way,” he writes, “Let us gather in a flourishing way with sunluz grains abriendo los cantos … to breathe todos en el camino blessing seeds to give to grow maiztlán en las manos de nuestro amor.”

He uses all the languages to expand the alchemy but also to heal.

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

You can see Juan Felipe Herrera live at the Latino Cultural Center on May 12th @ 7pm along with a host Dallas' most talented poets and performers. TICKETS are on sale now. 

Youth Poetry Contest Finalists Announced!

 
 

The ballots have been counted and the finalists have been selected for our Youth Poetry Contest from over 50 entries from across DISD and Dallas area schools.

Congratulations to the finalists (In alphabetical order):
- Jordan Allen
- Sita Bhandari
- Katrina Csaky
- Melissa Puente
- Cindy Ren

The winner will be announced May 3rd on www.abergcenter.org!  The top three Finalists will receive cash prizes in the following amounts:

1st Prize- $200
2nd Prize- $100
3rd Prize- $50

Plus the winner's poem will be printed in the official program for Literacy in Motion - An Evening of poetry and performances with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera - May 12th, 7pm @ Latino Cultural Center - hosted by Krys Boyd of KERA's Think.

The top 18 entries qualified to have their poetry displayed at the event, which will also feature live performances from a group of captivating local poets, including Jason EdwardsJonathan Gno White, and Jason Carney, founder of the DallasPoetrySlam.com and slam champion Clebo Rainey, and World Poetry Slam Champion Joaquin Zihuatanejo

 For more info on this event CLICK HERE

 

Generous Donors make Literacy in Motion Possible!

 
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Thank you to the following underwriters and donors for their generous support of our upcoming spring fundraiser LITERACY in MOTION:

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Jim and Lynn Moroney Family Foundation

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The Perot Foundation  

Ode
Peter and Susan Aberg
Mary Ann and Craig Moore
Patty and Andy Smith

Haiku
Doming A. Garcia Attorney at Law
John and Marty Eisenlohr
Holly Greef
Ann Parrish
Deedie Rose
Evan Stone
Phillip Wiggins

Verse
Kate Kingman Interiors
Nell Beck
Charles Hickox
Chris and Conway McDanald
Maurice and Diane Purnell

We would also like to thank our COMMUNITY PARTNERS for their contributions:

 
 

WE APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT!

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera heads "Literacy in Motion" - An Evening of Poetry and Performance benefiting Aberg Center for Literacy

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will headline a lively evening of poetry and performance benefiting Aberg Center for Literacy on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m.  The event at the Latino Cultural Center will also spotlight prominent poets and spoken word artists from the Dallas community.

 
 

“The son of migrant farm workers, Juan Felipe Herrera’s journey to becoming U.S. Poet Laureate epitomizes the power of literacy to transform lives,” says Shana Harrison, executive director for Aberg Center.  “It is what we are all about at Aberg Center.”

A prolific, award-winning poet and writer, Mr. Herrera, who served as California’s poet laureate from 2012 – 2014, is also a cartoonist, teacher, performer and activist on behalf of migrant and indigenous communities and at-risk youth.  The first Latino poet laureate, he earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop after earning BA and masters degrees in social anthropology from UCLA and Stanford University, respectively. His introduction to poetry came from his mother who sang, told stories and recited poetry to her young son as they worked in fields or traveled from farm to farm through Southern California.

Moderated by Krys Boyd host of KERA 90.1 FM’s midday talk show Think, the evening will include conversation with Mr. Herrera and poetry performances by Mr. Herrera, World Poetry Slam Champion Joaquin Zihuatanejo and others.

“This is going to be an extraordinary thing not only for Latinos in Dallas or poetry lovers in Dallas but I truly feel that this is going to be astonishing for all of Dallas,” says Mr. Zihuatanejo, an award-winning teacher.  Mr. Zihuatanejo is artistic director for the event, working with producer Michael Moroney, a member of Aberg Center’s advocate council. 

Robert Casper, head of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress says of Mr. Herrera :  “He speaks poetry in a way that I think is super-inspiring. He's the kind of poet who gives you permission to love poetry, to be excited about it, to be energized by it. To think that it's something freeing and fun but also relevant to the issues we face, the challenges we have; to understanding the world we're in." 

Tickets, $40 each, will be available starting April 1 at www.abergcenter.org.  All seating is reserved. The Latino Cultural Center is located at 2600 Live Oak in Dallas.