By Michele Stevens Bernard, TSB Lifestyle Editor
Friends of McKinney’s Holy Family School gathered Friday to celebrate “Pepper Up For Fiesta.” The evening that featured both a live and silent auction garnered $20,000 on behalf of the school. The annual gala was held at the 1899 Farmhouse where attendees enjoyed a Mexican buffet provided by San Miguel’s Grill before dancing the night away to the R&B stylings of The Buster Brown Band.
Guests of the fiesta were greeted by Holy Family Board President Sara Thomas. The evening’s emcee was Judge Paul Raleeh. The Rev. Michael Hoffman of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church provided the opening prayer and a presentation outlining the school’s 61-year history in McKinney.
In 1951 McKinney saw the birth of “La Escuelita,” the little school known as Holy Family School. Under the direction of The Rev. Jose de Jesus Vega, the school originally served the children of Latin-American agricultural laborers who worked in the fields near his church. Today, Holy Family School serves children from every socio-economic segment and corner of Collin County providing the highest quality childcare and learning environment without financial bias.
While many children attend Holy Family School because parents are eager for their kids to be a part of the school’s rich culture and tradition, others attend because it is one of the most affordable child care providers in the area. The school accepts state and federal assitance programs, and offers scholarships to those in need. Fundraisers such as this year’s fiesta and the Believe Race are how the Holy Family scholarship program is funded.
“The fiesta was fun, wasn’t it?” said Thomas. “Committee members who saved my life include Mary Cooper, Jaymie Pedigo, Melanie Morgan, Father Michael Hoffman, Kevin White, Kim Sanchez and the amazing Holy Family School director Dawn Teders. Our PTO parents, our Board members and our teachers put (the fiesta) together like champs!”
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Photography by Tom Knapik and courtesy of TomK Photography