The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund presented IDRA President, Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel with the Excellence in Community Service Award in September. “She is a person who has committed her life’s work to ensuring that every child – especially those born into the most vulnerable of circumstances – has the opportunity to stand on a level playing field when pursuing their education,” stated John Quiñones, who served as master of ceremonies at the gala event. “As all of you know, a person’s professional success and socio economic status are strongly correlated with their early education. Through her tireless work Dr. María “Cuca” Robledo Montecel has given, and continues to give, our children a fighting chance at this success by educating community leaders and educators in the areas if bilingual education, school holding power and parent leadership.” [03:52 min]