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Sony and Albert Rego’s Legacy of Scholarships and Community Support

Empowering McAllen's Youth Through Education

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Sony and Albert Rego, pillars of the McAllen community and co-owners of the Santa Fe Steakhouse, continue their tradition of empowering the youth through education by presenting $29,000 in scholarships to 29 deserving Lamar Academy's IB program graduates in December 2023. This generous act underscores their firm commitment to nurturing the dreams and potential of McAllen's next generation, marking a significant milestone in their ongoing legacy of scholarship and community support. Courtesy image
Sony and Albert Rego, pillars of the McAllen community and co-owners of the Santa Fe Steakhouse, continue their tradition of empowering the youth through education by presenting $29,000 in scholarships to 29 deserving Lamar Academy’s IB program graduates in December 2023. This generous act underscores their firm commitment to nurturing the dreams and potential of McAllen’s next generation, marking a significant milestone in their ongoing legacy of scholarship and community support. Courtesy image
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By Roberto Hugo González

In McAllen, Texas, a remarkable story of generosity and commitment has unfolded for over a decade, led by Sony, Albert Rego, and Fred Harms, founders of the Santa Fe Steakhouse. Their philanthropic journey reached a new milestone on December 20th, 2023, at the LAMAR Academy 2023 Alumni Social, where they continued their tradition of nurturing the next generation’s dreams.

Sony, Albert, and Fred, the principals of the Santa Fe Foundation, have become synonymous with community support and educational empowerment. Their passion for giving back was evident when they presented scholarship checks to 29 deserving Lamar Academy’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program graduates for the school year 2023. This act of generosity marked the 12th year of their commitment, totaling nearly 400 scholarships awarded over the years.

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The scholarships are more than just financial aid; they are inspiration, hope, and evidence of the belief in the potential of McAllen’s youth. Sony shared with Texas Border Business, “Albert and I, on behalf of the Santa Fe Wine Classic Foundation, awarded these scholarships at the Alumni Social held at Lamar Academy. This has been a tradition for 12 years, and it’s our way of contributing to the bright futures of these young individuals.”

The source of funding for these scholarships is as unique as the vision behind them. The Santa Fe Steakhouse Wine Classic, a premier event organized by the couple, draws guests from McAllen and neighboring cities. It’s an evening of exquisite wine, fine dining, and a purposeful gathering. The event raises funds for the Santa Fe Foundation Scholarship Fund, allowing Sony and Albert to support education initiatives that make a difference in the lives of many every year.

Looking ahead, the Santa Fe Steakhouse Wine Classic will enchant the community again on April 5, 2024. This event is not only a celebration of the culinary arts but also proof of the influence of community involvement in shaping a better future for the next generation.

Lamar Academy, where the scholarships were awarded, is an alternative education school in McAllen, Texas. Part of the McAllen Independent School District, it offers an International Baccalaureate program, providing students with a rigorous, globally recognized education. The academy is available to students from McAllen Memorial High School, McAllen High School, or James “Nikki” Rowe High School, representing the spirit of opportunity.

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The International Baccalaureate Organization, the foundation behind the IB program, is renowned for its commitment to developing inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people. By supporting this program, Sony and Albert align themselves with a global mission to create a better and more peaceful world through education.

Sony and Albert’s dedication to philanthropy is a shining example of how individual actions can create waves of positive change. Their firm support for the youth of McAllen through the Santa Fe Foundation illustrates the profound impact that passionate philanthropy can have on a community. As they prepare for the next Santa Fe Steakhouse Wine Classic, their message is clear: join us in making a difference, one scholarship at a time.

Their story is not just about giving back; it’s about believing in the potential of every student and providing them with the tools to build their future. The scholarships represent more than financial assistance; they are a vote of confidence, a symbol of faith in the dreams of the young minds of McAllen.

In the end, the philanthropic journey of Sony and Albert Rego is their legacy built on the foundation of hope, support, and the unyielding belief that everyone deserves the chance to pursue their dreams.

Call now, join Sony and Albert, reserve your table, or buy your ticket by calling 956-630-2331.

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