For the third consecutive year, we celebrated our charity dinner in Madrid alongside Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco, the first foreign chef to receive 3 Michelin stars in France. The purpose of the gathering was to raise funds for the construction of a culinary laboratory in the province of Jujuy, the creation of a technolabor tradespace in El Soberbio, Misiones, and the expansion and improvement of the trades headquarters in San Martín, Buenos Aires. These new challenges align with the path we have been on for 16 years, focusing on the professionalization of trades and improving employability in each region of Argentina.
The celebration took place at the residence of the Ambassador of the Argentine Republic in Madrid, Ricardo Alfonsín, and featured the prominent participation of Lic. Héctor Grisi Checa, Global CEO of Grupo Santander, as the main speaker of the event. The event was hosted by Argentine actress Marcela Kloosterboer, who traveled exclusively to join us for the third consecutive year, and journalist Diego Korol was in charge of leading the highlight of the auctions. Among the guests, the presence of former footballer and coach of Atlético de Madrid, Diego «El Cholo» Simeone, accompanied by his wife Carla Pereyra, stood out.
Mauro Colagreco’s team from the «Mirazur» restaurant, ranked number 1 in the 50 Best
Restaurants of The World, was responsible for the logistics and pre-production of the kitchen,
accompanied by chefs Soledad Nardelli and Carito Lourenço.
During the event, María Herrera, President of the Global Board of Pequeños Pasos, explained
the details of the allocation of funds and the organization’s next strategic steps globally.
Meanwhile, Matías Ronconi, co-founder of the NGO based in Argentina, the United States, and
Spain, unveiled upcoming projects, highlighting the development and professionalization of
trades in three specific locations in Argentina: Misiones, Jujuy, and Buenos Aires. This initiative
will include the certification of more than 6,000 beneficiaries and provide opportunities for
community development and employability in the region.
«We are convinced that the most significant changes occur when working with the family in an integral way: early childhood, childhood, and adolescence, trades, housing, among others,» stated Ronconi. He added, «We celebrate being on the same path with Santander and many companies and organizations that believe in education as the most powerful weapon. Therefore, much of the effort in recent years focuses on employability, professionalization of trades courses, and improvement of spaces. In addition to working with the best people and professionals, such as Mauro and his team, whom we sincerely thank for joining. We believe there is a great path ahead,» expressed Matías Ronconi.
It is worth noting that the planning and development of the event were led by the Pequeños Pasos team, headed by Ramiro Pérez La Rosa, Director of Fundraising for the European Union.
The charitable event received support from major brands such as Rhenus Logistics, Macro Securities, Santander, Morgan Stanley, Paul Hastings, Pan American Energy, Globant, Banco Entre Ríos, Telecom, Air Europa, My Location Madrid, Hotel Emperador, Restaurant Mirazur. Significant collaboration was also provided by La Malacara Cocina de Tradición, Fundación Mahou San Miguel, Hotel The Lodge Mallorca, Sha Wellness Clinic, Prado y Neptuno, Viñals Wine & Food, La Dolcefina, Durigutti Bodega, Michelini i Mufatto, and Coshowroom.
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