On September 15, more than 400 business and community leaders gathered to celebrate Latino leadership and Hispanic Heritage Month at CLUES Gala Latina. The event was presented by CLUES, Best Buy and Cargill with the support of a variety of major sponsors including Blue Cross Blue Shield MN, Comcast, Health Partners, Old National Bank, Aaron Ferguson Law, TPT, MN United FC, Univision Minnesota, among others – thank you again to all of our sponsors!
MN State House Representative, Carlos Mariani (31 years of service), and MN State Senators Patricia Torres Ray (16 years of service) and Melisa López-Franzen (10 years of service) were honored during the event with the CLUES 2022 Latino Trailblazer Leadership Awards for their years of outstanding leadership in the Minnesota Legislature and advocating for access and opportunities for the Latino community.
The Awards Ceremony was presented by Gloria Perez, President & CEO of Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, who highlighted how these leaders have blazed trails for the community. “They have used their power to bring our diverse voices to the fore and create changes to advance equity and ensure that all Minnesotans can lead safe prosperous lives. As a community we honor and thank them for their pioneering efforts which have made Minnesota stronger,” said Perez.
“All of us at CLUES are proud to honor Latino leaders and invite all of you to engage with us to build ladders of opportunity for new Latino leaders to emerge. It is critical for all of us to write our own Latino narratives and empower our future generations by helping them lift their voices with pride,” said Ruby Lee, President, and CEO of CLUES.
The evening also featured live and silent auctions with unique Latino and local items, a gourmet dinner, and performances by a local Latino dance troupe. Thanks to the generous support of many of the attendees, we were able to raise almost $80,000 during our auction and in individual gifts to help fund supplies for underserved Latino Youth active in CLUES technology and entrepreneurial programs!
At the Gala, we shared a video showcasing the CLUES 2022 Latino Trailblazer Leadership Awardees. Watch the video to learn more. You can see more highlights from throughout the evening and browse the photos from our photo booth: View the photo album here.
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¡GRACIAS!, thank you again to each of you who attended, sponsored, or donated to Gala Latina 2022 for your support and for making the 2022 show such a fantastic event. We could not have done it without you and hope to see you again next year!