Latin American Youth Center Gala!
We went to the Latin American Youth Center Gala at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
We snapped DC Mayor Muriel Bowser with LAYC CEO Lori Kaplan. The theme, Today's Dreamers, Tomorrow's Leaders, celebrated the perseverance of young people who came to the US as children and don't have immigration status to pursue their dream of going to college, and those who lift them up.
LAYC board chair and EagleBank’s Antonio Marquez, The Next Step PCS executive director Julie Meyer, and TheDream.US co-founder Donald Graham, who was honored. For 48 years, LAYC has empowered 70,000 youths through multi-cultural, comprehensive and innovative programs.
Trinity Washington University Provost Dr. Carlota Ocampo with two honorees, TheDream.US co-founder Amanda Bennett and Gaby Pacheco, who walked from Florida to DC to call attention to the DREAMer movement.
The gala featured silent and live auctions, a VIP reception and a program featuring LAYC youth. Here, CareFirst CEO Chet Burrell is with his wife LAYC Board member Liz Burrell and colleague Arif Khan.