Lillian Vernon donates toys to UTPA
By Julia Benitez Sullivan, Director of University Rel
Posted: 02/14/2000
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EDINBURG – The University of Texas-Pan American Women’s Empowerment Business Center (WEBC), with the help of the Lillian Vernon Corporation have recently set up a Lillian Vernon Kids Corner for children of women entrepreneurs that routinely visit for counseling and training.

Women helping other women was the premise behind the donation of children’s toys by Lillian Vernon Corporation to The University of Texas-Pan American Women’s Empowerment Business Center, said Candi Roxas, director of the WEBC.

Roxas said the company’s donation is very timely because the center has been experiencing an increase in the number of children visiting daily.

“Our vision is to have one part of the conference room transformed into the Lillian Vernon Kids Corner and the other part house the counseling area,” Roxas said. “This way parents can still keep an eye on their children while discussing business.”

The WEBC provides business and technical assistance to women entrepreneurs of the Valley, focusing on their unique economic and social needs. Since its inception in October of 1998, the WEBC has counseled more than 145 clients and trained in excess of 400 participants.

During these counseling sessions, many clients are compelled to bring their children. The Lillian Vernon Kids Corner will keep children actively engaged and content because of the wide variety of toys to play with. Lillian Vernon, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, is happy to be a part of this project.

“I congratulate all the women entrepreneurs who are venturing into their own businesses while maintaining a commitment to their families,” Vernon said. “I know first-hand how challenging building a successful company and raising a family can be. I am proud to help women achieve these goals in any way I can.”

Lillian Vernon Corporation is a 48-year old specialty catalog and online retailer that markets gift, household, gardening, kitchen and children’s products. The company believes strongly in giving to those in need and has donated funds and merchandise to more than 5,000 non-profits, religious and civic organizations.

The WEBC is located at the One Stop Capital Shop at The University of Texas-Pan American’s Annex on 2412 S. Closner in Edinburg.

In addition to the WEBC, the Small Business Development Center, One Stop Capital Shop and Minority Business Opportunity Committee will also participate in the Lillian Vernon Kids Corner and will benefit from the donation.

For more information regarding the services and business partners associated with the Women’s Empowerment Business Center, contact Roxas at (956) 316-2610.