Early Bird Special Until Sept 30th:

Individual Ticket @$55 (Click Here)

Table of Ten@$500: (Click Here) 

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Living Future: Building Sustainable Futures


It was over 3 years ago that we set our sights on raising $25,000 to initiate our Endowment Fund. Currently we are $20 away from $30,000 in that fund!   LLAA set a new goal of $50,000 over the next 3 years.  This money will grow exponentially over time so that our future LatinX students have viable options to reach their graduation. We also set a $5,000 goal to raise money for our General Scholarship fund that are available to our immigrant superstars.

This year’s theme for the Scholarship Gala is “Living Future: Building Sustainable Futures”.  A sincere thank you to the 2017 Keynote Speaker, Alicia Ponce-Nuñez Founder and Principal of APMonarch LLC who largely contributed to focusing our theme and reminding us of how our experiences within Latinx and POC communities must learn to regenerate. Leveraging our obstacles for sustainable futures.  With a passion for sustainability, Alicia’s experience has offered support to a large number of clients through design and education. Since founding APMonarch in 2007, she has successfully executed many residential and commercial projects. She has facilitated LEED & Living Building Challenge projects and has been the recipient of a travel grant to participate in a Sustainability Professional Training in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Her approach is to listen, engage and deploy in order to create beautiful living and learning laboratories around us.

Mil gracias to our amazing past Keynote Speakers who continue to support LLAA Familia:

Sylvia Puente, Executive Director of Latino Policy Forum and they just launched their 2018 Multicultural Leadership Academy due Sept 21st.

Jose A. Rico, Former Director of White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Executive Director of United Way, and current LLAA Board Member.

Jesse Ruiz, Corporate & Securities Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Pedro J. Cevallos-Candau, 2015 Chicago Illini of the Year; Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Primera Engineers, Ltd.

Oscar Martinez, La Casa Cultural Latina @UIUC Mural Artist  (click to see history)

Juan Salgado, MacArthur Genius Awardee and Chicago City Colleges Chancellor.

Come this night to see who will follow Eddie Gutierrez, Owner of Output Lounge, and  Member of the Year Award.  Look out for the voting link!

Please use hashtag #LLAAgala2017 and make your pictures “public” so that we can all enjoy them. After all, we are all part of #LLAAFamilia! LLAAFamiliaReunion

Thank you to our sponsors, those who are buying tickets, and donating to our 2017 LLAA Scholarship Gala! Our community truly appreciates it. Can’t wait to  see you all!



Early Bird Special Until Sept 30th:

Individual Ticket @$55 (Click Here)

Table of Ten@$500: (Click Here) 

Regular Price starting Oct 1st:

Individual Ticket @ $75 (Not Available Yet)

Table of Ten @ $700 (Not Available Yet)


Can’t Make the Event but want to make a donation:

IllinoisLLAA Academic Scholarhip Fund paypal link