Living Future: Building Sustainable Futures

MIL GRACIAS to our keynote speaker, emcee, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests! It was a amazing evening that was sold out.  Look out for our updates on how much was raised and communication on future member activities!   Many of you wanted to donate more. Please look to the right to find the link to donations. Or make checks payable to IllinoisLLAA and mail to 2047 W. 19th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60608.  Con todo amor. ¡ADELANTE!

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 is 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.

Our Mistress of Ceremonies is Cristina Pacione-Zayas is Policy Director at the Erikson Institute.  She is charged with developing Erikson’s policy agenda that will  influence the development of key early childhood policies for positive impact. Currently she leads the Early Childhood Leadership Academy programming that develops knowledgeable leaders with dynamic, collective learning experiences to enhance their capacity to influence early childhood policy. Additionally, she fosters and sustains strategic partnerships to advance Erikson’s policy agenda for a deeper relationship with communities across the state through the implementation of the Early Development Instrument Pilot Project. Cristina earned a doctorate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Educational Policy Studies. She also holds an Ed.M. in Educational Policy Studies and dual BA degrees in Sociology and Spanish, also from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Arturo Gonzalez will be our photographer for the evening. Born in Chicago to Mexican immigrant parents. Attended Joseph E. Gary elementary and William J. Bogan High School. Went on to attend the University of ILlinois at Urbana-Champaign. Graduated in May 1995 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance. Continued his education and received a Master of Business Administration from Eastern Illinois. For the last 22 years, Arturo has worked as a Project Manager and as a photographer. Let him catch your Calavera Pose.  An Alum had this to say about him as a photographer: Arturo’s landscape photography is breathtaking. His work gives you the ability to see beautiful locations you’ve never been to. Being an amateur photographer myself, his artwork inspires me to get out and about and try to capture the beauty of our city. Rosa Maria Silva – B.A. Sociology 1995

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

Eddie Gutierrez, Owner of Output Lounge, and  2016 Member of the Year Award passed the torch to Daissy Dominguez of Dominguez Justice as 2017 Member of the Year Award.

Please remember to use hashtag #LLAAgala2017 and make your pictures “public” so that we can all enjoy them. Arriba #LLAAFamilia!

Thank you to our sponsors and our keynote speaker of the 2017 Scholarship Gala.

2017 GALA Scholarship Fundraiser
Key Note Speaker: Alicia Ponce-Nuñez, APMonarch

Saturday, October 28, 2017

@ Pescatore Palace
3400 N. River Road, Franklin Park, Illinois

THANK YOU to our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and guests! 

What a magical, meaningful, and fun evening.  Raising funds to sustain our future.  If you were not able to make it please consider making a donation!

Press link below to donate!

IllinoisLLAA Academic Scholarship Fund paypal link