Thank you—guests, community partners, friends, volunteers, and allies—for joining us at a momentous En Camino Gala. Seeing your commitment to advancing the power and well-being of Latino immigrants at such a crucial time is truly uplifting for our community. When many people are using hateful rhetoric to divide our country, you have taken a concrete step to say YES to the full participation of the Latino community in the economy and democracy of this country.
Over 800 people—more than ever before—attended the En Camino Gala, sending a clear message to our detractors that we are strong and we are here to stay! And because you gave fearlessly, you raised over $370,000—another record breaker—to defend and support the Latino immigrant community through employment, education, and community organizing. The night was a powerful reminder of how much we can accomplish working together.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson reminded us that the law can serve as a good and just protection for the people. A special video presentation showed us how Casa Latina’s programs helped Fredi and Maria Luisa overcome their fears and achieve significant personal goals. We saw the impact of Casa Latina on the next generation as Selina Mariñas, daughter of Casa Latina member Silvia Gonzalez, recounted how Casa Latina and her mom gave her the courage to become a first generation college graduate and future lawyer. Her words continue to inspire us: “If there’s one thing I want you to know, it’s the lesson that my mother taught me: You shouldn’t be afraid. When you’re not afraid, when you are brave—as Casa Latina inspires us to be—it ripples through all the lives around you.” Maricruz Palma—also the daughter of a Casa Latina member and a DACA recipient—shared how her mom and Casa Latina have “helped me find and use my voice to speak up and defend the immigrant community.”
Though the people on stage—from the speakers to the fabulous salsa band Cambalache—are a special part of the En Camino experience, the event would not be the same without you, our guests. Together you gave fearlessly, contributing at record levels to help Latino men and women as they prepare for new and better jobs, learn English, and advocate for policies that improve the well-being of immigrants and workers everywhere. Thank you for making such a profound and compassionate contribution.
For over two decades Casa Latina has journeyed “en camino”—on the road—in solidarity with the immigrant community. With your help, Casa Latina advances the power and well-being of Latino immigrants through employment, education, and community organizing.