The thriving Latino community center La Esperanza understands first-hand what itâ€™s like to benefit from the generosity of others. Created in 1996 to consolidate various services for Spanish-speaking immigrants under one roof, La Esperanza has grown and flourished thanks to the support of many philanthropists and donors.
â€œItâ€™s only natural that when we have a chance to celebrate a significant anniversary, we take the time to honor the generous philanthropists who have empowered the Latino community,â€ said Zaida Guajardo, executive director of La Esperanza.
During its 14th anniversary celebration on Nov. 13 at the Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes, La Esperanza will bestow awards, named for recognized local Latino leaders, to the following organizations and individuals:
The Arsht-Cannon Foundation will receive the Gonzalo Martinez Award, an honor that goes to an organization for advancing significant projects that benefit the Latino community. The Foundation maintains a strong commitment to assist and empower the Latino population in Delaware in general and, in particular, to Latino children. For instance, The Foundation provided $150,000 through the 2009 Delaware Hispanic Community Needs Grants to fund programs/projects that help Delaware’s Latino families improve their English-language skills.
David G. Burton will receive the Sister Rosa Alvarez Award, presented to an individual who embraces community service and affects the lives of others through hope, strength, kindness of heart and leadership. A long-time member of La Esperanzaâ€™s Board of Directors, Mr. Burton and his familyâ€™s automotive dealerships are well-known for their decades of community involvement. Among countless charitable assignments, Mr. Burton has served as a director of the Delaware Community Foundation and was the founding chair of the DCFâ€™s Southern Delaware board of advisors.
The Carl M. Freeman Foundation will receive the Community Hope Award, given to an organization that exemplifies the highest ideals of organizational stewardship and serves as a role model by inspiring responsive community service. Since 1960, The Carl M. Freeman Foundation has provided grants and guidance to nonprofit organizations in Maryland, Delaware and West Virginia. Many groups that target Latinos, including La Esperanza, have benefited from grants provided by the Foundation.
The Gala, â€œLa Noche de La Esperanzaâ€¦Sabor Latino!,â€ will feature delicious food, vibrant Latino music, and camaraderie among leaders in the Latino and mainstream communities.
Various levels of sponsorship are available and benefits can include weeks of advertising on the most prominent Latino radio station in Sussex County.
La Esperanza is Sussex Countyâ€™s leading non-profit provider of services for Latino clients. Based in Georgetown, DE, the organization will provide more than 12,000 client services this year, including citizenship preparation, employment search, emergency food, health care referrals, transportation, victim advocacy among other essential services. La Esperanza also sponsors the regionâ€™s first Latino Girl Scout Troop and supports La Gardenia House, a transitional facility for immigrant women who have suffered abuse.
For more information about tickets to the Gala or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mirla Gomez at 302-854-9262.
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