50th Anniversary Building the Beloved Community Gala

Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 5 – 9 PM
Live event at the Washington State Convention Center; Virtual Viewing

Celebrate 50 triumphant years of El Centro de la Raza with us at our annual Building the Beloved Community Gala on October 8th, 2022. Our live program will take place at the Washington Convention Center from 5-9pm, with virtual options for those who prefer to watch from home.

Our auction is LIVE! The auction will run from Sunday, October 2, and will commence on October 8th during our gala. Get your bids in today!

It has been an honor to spend the last half-century dedicating our work towards serving our community, and we have so many people that we are grateful to. We want to dedicate this momentous anniversary year to:

  • Pioneers of social change, including advocates for mutli-racial unity, shepherds of anti-war movements, local faith communities, volunteers, and activists
  • The people who originally occupied the old Beacon Hill school in the name of dignity and for a better life for the Latino community
  • Our generous supporters from all walks of life, who have made it possible for us to continue our work, from 1972 to this present day

It is an honor to still be here today providing critical services, life-changing opportunities, developing resiliency, and hope. We are so fortunate to not only be surviving, but thriving, with all thanks due to our incredible community of supporters, donors, residents, and staff.

Join us on Saturday, October 8, 2022 for our 50th Anniversary Building the Beloved Community Gala and take part in an exciting live event that raises funds for vital programs and services that benefit more than 22,000 individuals and families across our region. The evening will include live music, a reception, a plated dinner, a keynote address by Thomas A. Saenz – President and General Counsel of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Foundation) the presentation of our Roberto Maestas Legacy Awards & Scholarships, an online auction, and more!

Can’t attend in person? Watch a livestream of our event on Saturday, October 8th. A pre-show will start at 6:30, and the live program begins at 7.

Please call (206) 957-4649 or email Alissa at events@elcentrodelaraza.org for more information.

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Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards:

Congratulations to our 2022 Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award winners, Aneelah Afzali and Carlos Jiménez! El Centro de la Raza’s principal founder was Roberto Maestas who dedicated his life to building Dr. King’s Beloved Community through multi-racial unity. He deeply believed that poverty, racism and social inequity could only be eradicated if people of all races and backgrounds came together to do so. It is in honor of Roberto and his legacy that the Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award recognizes two individuals who have exemplified building the Beloved Community through multi-racial unity, and working to eliminate poverty, racism and social inequity. El Centro de la Raza will celebrate them and their contributions by making a $1,000 gift in their name to an organization of their choice.

Mil Gracias for supporting El Centro de la Raza!