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By December 13, 2019November 3rd, 2020Company News

With a few days notice, and CHOC Children’s-Children’s Hospital of Orange County collaborated together to provide a surprise Quinceañera party celebration for a 15-year-old patient who will be undergoing a delicate brain surgery

ORANGE, Calif., – December 12

By: Jose Francisco Sanchez, El Clasificado

The staff of, the sister brand of parent company El Clasificado, and CHOC Children’s-Children’s Hospital of Orange County, organized a surprise Quinceañera party for Jennifer Torres, one of the medical center’s current patients who will be undergoing a delicate brain surgery operation on Monday, December 16.

Joining her in the celebration were Jennifer’s parents, younger brother, grandparents and cousin.

The Quinceañera party was organized with little time to spare.

Patty Covarrubias, Director of Business Development for CHOC Children’s Foundation, reached out to for support in this noble cause. was able to secure donations for the surprise Quinceañera party from generous sponsors including its clients Decoradisimo in Santa Ana, which donated the quinceañera dress and tiara; Marissa’s Cake in Downey, which prepared a lovely lilac tiered cake; and Neutrogena, which donated skincare gifts; and Spiritú, a subscription box service that provided goodies for the birthday girl.

Jennifer joined by her parents and brother.

“This is the first time we have had a Quinceañera fiesta at CHOC. The El Clasificado team is magnificent for doing so much in such little time. We appreciate their enormous support in providing Jennifer a Quince party before her surgery,” Covarrubias said.

“I feel happy. I am surprised that they have done all of this for me,” Jennifer said. She is currently a 10th grader at Loara High School in Anaheim. She expressed her goal for the future is to be a teacher for children with special needs.

Jennifer smiles while holding the teddy bear mascot of CHOC.

The sickness Jennifer is battling prevented her from celebrating a traditional Quinceañera party. Her birthday was this past 27th of November.

“She was born and grew up healthy, until she reached 10 years old, that’s when the problem started. It has affected her capacity to move more and more, as well as her speech and memory retention,” said Josefa Guadalupe, Jennifer’s mother. “Here at CHOC there are many specialists who are encouraging her, she is very perseverant and takes her therapy sessions seriously,” she added.

Armando Torres, the Quinceañera’s father, said this surprise party was a marvelous moment for them as a family.

“I don’t have words to describe it. It’s a moment she will keep in her heart. She will not forget what all of you are doing for her. We know that when she sees photos and videos of this celebration, she will feel motivated to push forward through her recovery process,” Torres said.

About is a multi-platform party-planning brand that integrates web, e-newsletters, print supplements, mobile, and live events to reach bilingual Quinceañeras and their families. is a product of EC Hispanic Media, a Hispanic marketing solutions company serving the U.S. Latino grassroots community through niche-oriented brands since 1988. EC Hispanic Media’s flagship product is El Clasificado weekly shopper, a verified publication with a weekly circulation of 425,000 copies, which is distributed in over 251 cities in Central and Southern California.


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