LCF Gala: What an experience!
First of all thanks to KPMG Hispanic Latino Network for allowing me the opportunity to attend a special event. It is incredibly inspiring to see the love in the room. The love for one another, the love for the community, and the love for a better future.
The energy in the room was electric. In speaking with people at the event we all had our reasons for being there. Some us grew up in the Bay and are inspired to do our part to create opportunity for every Latino on the block. Some of us went to school here and learned to love it like a second home. Some of us learned about the Giving Circle and felt inspired to give.
One thing is for sure. We are all there because we care. We care for the people that helped us get to where we are. One of the most beautiful moments for me was when Geisha Williams, the first Latina of a Fortune 500 company gave a shoutout to her Mom and Dad. She thanked them for showing her the value of hard work and for always believing in her.
From there things only got better as the Leading Change Award Johnny Rodriguez started his speech with “ I don’t know how I can follow that” referring to the amazing speakers before him that included Luis A. Miranda Jr. ( father of Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda) before absolutely killing it and taking advantage of his shot! I connected to Johnny’s speech because he spoke about the gangs that were a part of his childhood and how it took one person to believe in him to absolutely change his life!
After raising $90,000, which will go to support among other initiatives, the LCF Nonprofit accelerator and providing legal representation and immigration services to people in the state of CA, I was feeling like I HAD to be part of this. So thank you to Fabian Gonzalez for supporting me and welcoming me into the LCF SF Men’s Giving Circle. After that it was time to celebrate however I could not forget how everybody had their own special reason for being there and through those special reasons we connected and felt inspired by one another to continue to be the change that we want to see in this world.