(Naperville, IL) Jan. 28, 2016 -- With over 200 guests attending, The Fig Factor Foundation marked its debut to the public Jan. 21 with its official launch and fundraiser at Plante Moran in Chicago.
The festive event, which provided refreshments and entertainment from Ballet Internacional Soles Guadalupanos, was an instant success raising over $25,000.
The monies will help the foundation's support programs for 2016.
The foundation helps Latinas, age 15 to 25, pursue their dreams by providing educational leadership platforms, mentorship and powerful experiences through a context of sisterhood. Creating the foundation was dream come true for its founder, Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz.
"To me, the foundation is a 19-year journey," says Camacho-Ruiz. "The mission of the foundation feels so authentic to me because of my very own journey. I see myself reflected in these young Latinas and I see a need that I can't ignore as a successful Latina. I know that with my influence, resources and connections, I can truly make an impact and that's something that I can't ignore."
As a 14-year-old, Camacho-Ruiz came to the United States from Mexico City with a dream and desire to create a dynamic and successful life. With an associate degree in Marketing, this young Latina laid the foundation to not only head JJR Marketing, an award-winning marketing and public relations firm, but to be a well-known author and speaker.
She realized that many young Hispanic females have the potential to activate their passions and needed courage to make those dreams happen. With this idea, Camacho-Ruiz and her board of created the Fig Factor Foundation in 2014.
Farmers Insurance, the event's founding sponsor, donated $10,000 to the foundation to continue its mission.
"Farmers Insurance is proud to be a founding sponsor of The Fig Factor," says Peter Sobecki, territory sales manager for Farmers Insurance. "In addition to joining with The Fig Factor organization in aiming to unleash the 'amazing' in young Latinas, we support opening up entrepreneurial opportunities to more people so they, too, can unleash their amazing potential."
Other event sponsors include: JJR Marketing, Plante Moran, 3Points, Wintrust Financial, Sasser Family Holdings, Inc., Metaphrasis Language & Cultural Solutions, Inc., Mas Marketing Group, Kelmscott Communications, The Loop Marketing and dotpress.us. For more information, visit www.thefigfactor.org.
About Fig Factor Foundation:
The Fig Factor Foundation's mission is to become a powerful catalyst for Latinas, age 15 to 25, to pursue their dreams by providing educational leadership platforms, mentorship and powerful experiences through a context of sisterhood. It was founded in September 2014, after six months of hard work to assemble the team, the program, build infrastructure and raise initial funding. Their positive impact was immediately felt at smaller local events and provided the impetus to grow. The foundation's goal is to implement the program nationwide before expanding globally. Learn more about the foundation at www.thefigfactor.org.
About Farmers Insurance
"Farmers Insurance" and "Farmers" are trade names for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies, across all 50 states, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list.