Emporia Area Match Day

Hispanics of Today & Tomorrow

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Hispanics Of Today and Tomorrow (H.O.T.T.) fundraises for many reasons.  H.O.T.T. distributes the money donated among the community through the organization and others.  Money collected will be used towards scholarships and a variety of ways to help out families in Lyon County.


The organization's mission is to preserve the Hispanic Heritage for future generations.  H.O.T.T. focus is to strengthen the bridges of communication and understanding among all diverse cultures, to ensure Hispanics participation in the mainstream by providing scholarships for Hispanics graduating seniors.  With positive impact we are able to reach to the community and help other non-profit organizations.


Hispanics Of Today and Tomorrow also known as H.O.T.T. was established in 1998 with the purpose of providing scholarships to Hispanic seniors from Emporia High that were seeking post-secondary education.  Today, H.O.T.T. has partnered up with many local organizations in an attempt to reach a broader part of the community.  H.O.T.T. in conjunction with other non-profits have been able to help the community in many ways, from helping find a cure for cancer and leukemia to providing school supplies to USD 253 district.  H.O.T.T. is invested in the betterment of the community and they express it by providing financial support to those looking to better their education.  Providing well-educated people is its share to the community. 


Since 1999, H.O.T.T. has given out more than 200 scholarships adding up to $78,350.  Funds for scholarships are gathered by fundraising and the contributions from the Fiesta candidates.  H.O.T.T. sells authentic Mexican food as a fundraising campaign and it is anxiously anticipated by the community.  The candidates running for queen for the Cinco de Mayo fiesta work tirelessly to raise funds that will go towards scholarships.  The queen is named and crowned during the Cinco de Mayo celebration in downtown Emporia, but their role does not stop there.  Throughout the year they visit schools and attend local events advocating for education and teaching what H.O.T.T. is about.


To spread awareness about H.O.T.T.'s culture a folkloric dance group was formed called Raices Hispanas Grupo Folkloriko.  They wow crowds as they perform typical Mexican dances in typical Mexican attire.  Raices Hispanas present their dances to the public in different events and they have had the opportunity to expand their horizons traveling to Wichita and Madison, Kansas.  Raices Hispanas is welcome to anybody wanting to join the group and experience the culture first-hand. 


H.O.T.T. is composed only by volunteers from their director, Sally Sanchez, to the folkloric dancers.  They all donate their time and effort to this great cause.  Without the great support from donors, who believe in the cause, H.O.T.T. would not be able to sustain itself.  H.O.T.T. greatly appreciates the help from volunteers and all the donations given to them. 

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701 Peyton St.
Emporia KS 66801
Phone: (620) 366-1094

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