Thanks to the support of our generous Sponsors and Donors, CHIRLA’s 2013 Spring Gala was a big success! Almost 500 community leaders, politicians, advocates, organizations and individuals joined us at the historic Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles to celebrate our theme of Families Fighting for Reform. The event was covered by Telemundo and Univision.
The evening’s Honorees: Alejandro Mayorkas, Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); Congressmember Lucille Roybal-Allard, U.S. Representative for California’s 40th Congressional District; Warehouse Workers United; and CHIRLA’s Families Fighting for Reform represent CHIRLA’s many allies who have won victories for the immigrant community in their fight for progress, justice and acceptance. They have forged new avenues of possibility for workers, students, and our movement as a whole, and we were delighted to recognize the accomplishments of this distinguished group of leaders for our community.
The Master of Ceremonies for CHIRLA’s Gala was Emmy-winning Univision Reporter, Julio Cesar, and our Honorees received their awards from Guest Presenters including: Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa; California State Senator, Ricardo Lara; Roxana Tynan, LAANE; Maria Rodriguez, California Dream Network; and Zuleyma Barajas, DACA Recipient. We are especially grateful for the support of our Major Sponsors: Visionary - SEIU International Union; Sustainer – AltaMed, California Applicants' Attorney Association, Western Union; Innovator - Adriana's Insurance, Cathay Bank, Law offices of Jessica Dominguez, Prime Healthcare Services, Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Steelworkers USW Local 675, and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770, as well as our many Supporter and Partner level sponsors whose generous donations made the evening possible. With your help, we raised over $100,000 for CHIRLA's programs, vital funding to continue our work serving and empowering low-income immigrant workers and youth throughout California. This funding will support CHIRLA's core programs for low-income immigrants including community education, organizing, civic engagement, policy advocacy, and leadership development for youth. Through your generous contributions, CHIRLA reached over 132,000 people in 2012. Thank you for your support!