Big Dreams Come True
What: The Concilio Big Dreams Gala
Where: On the Levee
The 411: The Concilio, a Dallas nonprofit with a mission to build stronger communities by creating opportunities for Latino families, celebrated its milestone 40th anniversary at a gala that also marked the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month.
On September 15, Concilio patrons, supporters, and local and state dignitaries gathered for a festive event that included Latin-inspired cuisine, Ballet Folklorico dancers, and fireworks to end the night.
Guests were given a warm welcome by Concilio board chair Whitney Strauss, president and CEO Florencia Velasco Fortner, and Sandra Rosa with presenting sponsor Santander. They recognized the two women who put the event together, Monica Lira Bravo and Bridget Lopez, as well as The Concilio's co-founders, Nellie Tafalla and Gus Gonzales.
A video introduced Claudia Juarez, a 2012 graduate of one of The Concilio’s parent engagement programs who began her career in housekeeping and now owns a staffing service. She shared how the organization equipped her to help her son, Alberto Garcia, pursue his dream of going to college and becoming an entrepreneur.
The presenters recounted the myriad ways that the organization has helped families, especially during the pandemic. Texas State Senator Nathan Johnson then read a congratulatory resolution.
In total, the event raised $227,000 to support Latino families.
Who: Judge Clay Jenkins, Dr. Michael Hinojosa, Alberto Bravo, Herlinda Resendiz, Deb Richard, State Representative Victoria Neave Criado, Beatriz Joseph, Dr. Elba Garcia, Claudia Rivas, Laura Leathers, Katie Doherty, Rachel Wilson, Rani Khamesva, Michelle Hicks Jorge Bastida, Adriana De Urquidi, Pauline Guerra, Kenneth Gonzalez, Monica Christopher, Brent Christopher, and many more.