Pictured: From left to right, the El Viento students alongside Colleen Mensel, president and chief executive officer of El Viento; Peter Holden, founder and chief executive officer of CPS Insurance Services; and Mark Gardner, chairman emeritus and board member of El Viento. Photo by Adam Domenici.
Huntington Beach, CA. October 16, 2014 – Peter Holden, CEO and founder of CPS Insurance Services, presented a check of $10,000 to the students and young adults of the El Viento Foundation on behalf of the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA), yesterday at Ocean View High School.
“NAILBA is an organization that looks to support worthy endeavors,” said Holden, the personal sponsor of El Viento for the nationally competitive grant. “After hearing about all the great work El Viento has done, I knew that this exceptional foundation was deserving of a grant.”
El Viento is an educational and lifestyle program that has been focusing on the empowerment the youth of the Oak View Community of Huntington Beach in 1997. The program begins when the 25 selected students are in the fourth grade, working with them until college. El Viento’s mission is to provide its participants with opportunities for success, helping develop them into well-rounded, responsible adults. The Orange County organization’s vision grew through the collaborative efforts of individuals, corporations and foundations, like NAILBA.
“El Viento is honored to receive this national recognition through NAILBA and CPS,” announced Colleen Mensel, foundation president and CEO. “The grant will allow us to continue to empower students by preparing them for college.”
As Holden revealed the check to the students, all of them cheered and rushed forward for a photo op. After many camera clicks and ‘cheesing’, the group thanked Holden in unison before they continued their work, excited about the new opportunities the grant had opened for them.