Home » Community » Local Educator, Popular Mascot Named Chips King and Salsa Queen for Fiesta 2012

Local Educator, Popular Mascot Named Chips King and Salsa Queen for Fiesta 2012

Henry the Puffy Taco and Jennifer Torres will rule over Chips 'N Salsa, an official Fiesta event that benefits SA Youth.Roll out the chile pequin-colored red carpet and sound the trumpets! The Chips ‘N Salsa King and Queen have been crowned for Fiesta 2012!

This year’s Salsa Queen is Jennifer Torres, an educator at Edgewood Independent School District. By her side this Fiesta season will be the newly crowned Chips King – who just happens to be a big chip himself – Henry the Puffy Taco, beloved local celebrity mascot of Henry’s Puffy Tacos Cantina.

The 6th annual Chips ’N Salsa is an official Fiesta event that takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 21 at the historic El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel, 110 Lexington Ave. All proceeds benefit SA Youth, a nonprofit organization that serves at-risk urban kids and also gives young adults a second chance in life by allowing them to earn a high school diploma or GED while receiving workforce training in construction, technology or the green jobs sector.

Torres, who is a substitute teacher at EISD and working on her second master’s degree to become a diagnostician, was first introduced to SA Youth by her best friend and last year’s Salsa Queen Cassandra Lazenby.

“I helped her raise funds and immediately fell in love with the organization,” said Torres, who lists green salsa as her favorite kind. “It’s a place where kids can go to get additional support they may need. When the opportunity came up to help out again this year, I jumped at it.”
Torres and her campaign raised more than $15,000 to earn her royal (and tasty) title. Some of the fundraising events she headed included a bachelor/bachelorette auction, bikini fashion show, and ‘80s cover band concert.

Henry the Puffy Taco, who is excited to give back to the community, raised more than $11,000 for SA Youth by campaigning on social media websites and holding catered fundraisers at his home restaurant despite having to cut back on how much sour cream he dollops during upcoming Fiesta events under the hot Texas sun.

“We were asked to sponsor the Chips ’N Salsa Fiesta medal this year and did that, but when we learned about SA Youth and how it benefits underprivileged children we wanted to do more,” said Imelda Lopez Sanchez, owner of Henry’s Puffy Tacos Cantina. “Plus, when the Puffy Taco makes an appearance, everyone has a good time.”

And what does Torres think about her King being a puffy taco?
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” she said. “I just have to make sure to color coordinate with him because he wears a lot of festive colors. So, maybe I’ll have to pull something out of the closet that’s lettuce green or tomato red or cheese yellow.”

For more ticket information about the 6th annual Chips ‘N Salsa event, visit www.chipsnsalsafiesta.com.

About Rudy Arispe

I'm a storyteller with 25 years experience in print journalism. I have written news and features stories for the San Antonio Express-News, La Prensa, UTSA's campus publications, University of the Incarnate Word's alumni magazine, and many others.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login