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Mariachi and Martinis at the Waco Suspension Bridge

Join us to honor the successes of our families at the 4th Annual AVANCE Extravaganza and Quinceañera gala. The theme of this year’s premier fundraiser is Mariachi and Martinis and will be held on the beautiful landmark Waco Suspension Bridge on October 6, 2016. The event will showcase the amazing work of AVANCE while highlighting some of the traditions involved with a Quinceanera. This year the incredible backdrop of the river and bridge should add to the excitement of this one-of-a-kind event. Last year’s event was a huge success, with a sell-out crowd of over 400.

AVANCE supporters and champions in the Waco community are also invited to participate in this event through sponsorship. By sponsoring the Extravaganza, you are participating in a multicultural event that highlights some of the incredible traditions of our community while helping to raise funds for the AVANCE Programs.

One young woman of scholastic merit, who graduated along with her mother from the two-generation AVANCE Parent- Child Education Program, will be honored at the event, and share with the community some of the highlights of the “Sweet 15” Quinceanera cultural tradition. Please join us in celebrating the diversity and achievement of our community, all while raising funds for the renowned educational work of AVANCE.

To be listed in the Program, Corporate Sponsorship commitments must be received no later than September 16, 2016. The form may be emailed to Waco.avance@gmail.com or mailed along with check to AVANCE-Waco, 3005 Edna Avenue, Waco, TX 76708. For more information or any questions, please call 254.296.0449.

AVANCE Sponsor Letter 2016

AVANCE Sponsorship Contract

The Extravaganza is an event fundraiser for AVANCE Waco. All proceeds benefit the families served by the organization. AVANCE-Waco is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code.

Past Quinceañeras


Nadia Ramirez

Breanna Castaneda Wacoan

Breanna Castaneda

Esmeralda Martinez Wacoan

Esmeralda Martinez

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The sweetest of Valentines are those with tiny toes and kissable cheeks. Pictured: Rocio with son, Milan (AVANCE-Toddler Class 2015-2016)

The sweetest of Valentines are those with tiny toes and kissable cheeks.
Pictured: Rocio with son, Milan (AVANCE-Toddler Class 2015-2016)

About Us

AVANCE-Waco opened its doors to parents and children in 2002 with generous support from the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation. We are pleased to start a new collaboration with Waco Independent School District, which now houses the AVANCE programs at the former Lake Waco Montessori School at 3005 Edna Ave, Waco, TX 76708. After ten years at our former facility in the heart of South Waco, we are pleased to be able to reach more families from diverse neighborhoods of Waco.

What is AVANCE?

AVANCE is a Spanish word meaning “to advance” or “to progress.” AVANCE is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1973. The AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program is considered a pioneer in the field of parent education. It focuses on parent education, early childhood development, brain development, literacy, and school readiness. The program serves predominantly poor Latino families in underserved communities. AVANCE’s mission is “Unlocking America’s Potential” and the program accomplishes this one child, one family, one community at a time by teaching parents to be advocates and role models for their children. Parents are taught that they are the first and most important teachers for their children. The nine-month core program caters to parents with children from 0-3 years of age, operating in housing projects, community centers and schools. AVANCE instructors guide parents through the stages of emotional, physical, social and cognitive development of their children with special topics that range from the importance of reading and effective discipline to nutrition. Parents also attend classes in literacy, learning English and attaining a GED. AVANCE reaches more than 20,000 individuals annually in centers and chapter sites throughout Texas and Los Angeles, California. The AVANCE program has been recognized by several presidential administrations. Distinguished guests that have visited AVANCE include former first ladies Barbara Bush and Rosalyn Carter, Jesse Jackson and HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. The AVANCE Program has been cited in the New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, McNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, and numerous other programs and publications and is included in books by three first ladies: Hillary Rodham Clinton’s It Takes A Village, Barbara Bush’s First Teachers, and Rosylnn Carter’s Helping Someone with Mental Illness.

AVANCE provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.