The 2019 En Camino Gala celebrated 25 years of solidarity, community, and transformation, toasting our past, present and future. Thanks to those who attended, donated and purchased raffle tickets, we raised more than $285,000 to support our Latino immigrant community! ¡Mil gracias!
The beautiful gala held at the Westin Seattle on September 28, 2019 was an opportunity to credit the humble roots of our past, to recognize recent accomplishments – such as helping to make Seattle the first city in the United States to pass a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (2018), and to greet a bright future.
“I am so happy to be part of the Casa Latina Family,” Martha Barrientos commented.
Ijeoma Oluo, Keynote Speaker, Internet Yeller, and Author of “So You Want to Talk about Race,” spoke on intersectionality, inclusion, and community building and their importance to our culture.
Nearly 600 people experienced an incredible journey at En Camino, with music, fine dining, and an inspiring program. Alaska Airlines donated two tickets to anywhere it flies for our very popular raffle.
Funds raised at the event support education, employment and community organizing for men and women who work hard, provide for their families, and contribute so much to our region. Programs also include immigrant-worker, leadership development and English classes at our three-building campus in Seattle’s Central District, as well as Know Your Rights outreach from Tacoma to Everett.
Sponsors of the gala included:
EMPLOY Level: BECU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Kaiser Permanente, and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
EDUCATE Level: Alaska Airlines, Arcora Foundation, East West Bank, Heritage Bank, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, SEIU 775, Sound Transit Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion, Walsh Construction Co.
ENGAGE Level: Bargnard Iglitzin & Lavitt LLP, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Seattle Finance & Adminstrative Services, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, St. Joseph Parish, The Jesuit Parish in Seattle, Teamsters Local Union No. 117, Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC, University Prep, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
ENDORSE Level: Bridge Latino, Columbia Bank, Molly Moon’s, Sprague Israel Giles, Inc.
Executive Director, Marcos Martinez compares notes with Sharon Maeda, a longtime Seattle area social justice activist about her memories of Casa Latina.
Long-time Emcee and former Casa Latina staff member Jaime Mendez described his participation in street theater in the early days of the organization. Here he is pictured with his wife Diana Arias (left) and Seattle Chief of Police Carmen Best (center).
Guests had an opportunity to raise their paddles to donate to Casa Latina’s future – including a feasibility study about opening a Day Worker Center in South King County.
Earlier in the week, the Seattle Seahawks presented the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award to Fredi DuBon, Casa Latina’s Day Worker Center Coordinator and provided a check to him to donate to Casa Latina for its 25th Anniversary. Representatives of the Seahawks organization also attended the gala.