Are you ready to dance, invest in our communities and celebrate our people? That’s the invitation from the Latino Community Foundation for its 2021 Gala, You Are Essential, which will celebrate three extraordinary human beings: humanitarian chef José Andrés, CBS National News correspondent Adriana Diaz, and community leader Armando Valdez.
“With unyielding love and a determined spirit, these leaders have used their power, voice, and agency to show up for our communities when it mattered most,” the LCF said in a statement. “They serve on the frontlines to feed our families, elevate our stories with dignity, and fiercely advocate for justice.”
Considering the profound impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the Hispanic community, this year LCF will honor farmworkers, community leaders, teachers, and activists, “Tthe very same people who have kept America fed-and those who organized, mobilized, and inspired the second-largest voting bloc in our nation to vote in 2020,” the organization explained.
The virtual event will take place on June 10 via the Latino Community Foundation Gala’s private viewing platform and will honor Armando Valdez, founder and executive director of the Community Center for Arts and Technology (CCAT) in Fresno, CA, Adriana Diaz, national correspondent for CBS News, and Chef Jose Andres.
The money raised will go towards community support programs.
To date, LCF has created the largest network of Latino philanthropists in the country, invested more than $17 million in 150 Latino-led grassroots nonprofits across the state, and launched one of the largest campaigns to mobilize the Latino vote in California.