In anticipation of our Annual Holiday Party and Scholarship Awards Reception: En Familia, the board hosted several contests to encourage membership and community engagement with our familia. Read about them below. 

Wine Raffle for the Early-Bird Ticket Purchasers

Familia who purchased their ticket by November 20th  was entered into a raffle and the winner of the raffle was Hilaida Chavira, who is one of our newer members and currently an entry-level MSN student at the University of San Francisco, Orange County Campus. Felicidades! 


Nursing Student Ticket Giveaway
The Board of Directors is invested in expanding opportunities for current nursing students in the Orange County area. For our event, the Board donated funds to be used towards the admission of nursing students to En FamiliaThrough a social media contest on the OC NAHN Instagram & Facebook, where participants were asked to share their inspiration for wanting to become a nurse, we announced two winners: Denise Kwan & Denise Lopez.  Congratulations and thank you for sharing YOUR inspiration! Read their stories below.

Denise Kwan

“I was raised by strong, fearless women.
My mom who came to this country, as a teenager who didn’t know a word of English, in the back of a pickup truck with a dozen other strangers. She had a dream to become a nurse and the will and determination to make it happen. My aunts who took care of me along with their own children so my mom could work 2 jobs and go to school. My abuela who raised them and countless grandchildren; she knew nothing but love and sacrifice for the people she loved.

These women are my inspiration. They are “why” I chose nursing, grad school, and really anything I do – to become more like the fearless, amazing women who came before me and never gave up at the first sign of failure or discouragement but rose above to love and care for others.”

Denise Lopez

“Growing up in a first-generation immigrant family I knew I had to get a college education. My parents sacrificed so much by coming to America, in order to provide my siblings and I a better life. I knew nursing was the perfect career for me and both my parents have inspired me to reach my goals!”


About En Familia

We are so excited to host our annual holiday celebration and scholarship reception in Brea, CA at the home of Maria Matza! Please join nuestra familia for this special occasion!

This holiday feast will include dinner, festive libations, dancing, a photo booth to create memories and of course announcing our scholarship awards recipients for 2017.

TICKETS are available at
General Admission: $40
Students: $20
*proceeds benefit our nursing scholarship program

You can also follow the event and the discussion on the Facebook Event Page!