Monday, March 25, 2013

Philanthropy - with a Side of Salsa!

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Beautiful Sueños Lanterns illuminated
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The men, women, and children who turn to Catholic Charities’ Spanish Catholic Center have urgent needs – food, medical and dental care, job training so they can find work and support their family, English classes so they can communicate, and much more. Last year, more than 18,000 people found the help they needed thanks to the Center, which focuses on providing multiple services all under one roof for their clients.  

But what those clients really turn to the Spanish Catholic Center for is a chance to make a dream become a reality.

To help the Spanish Catholic Center in their work, more than 400 people took part in our first ever Música y Sueños (in English, Music and Dreams) to benefit the work of the Spanish Catholic Center on Friday, March 22. Held at the US Chamber of Commerce Headquarters directly across the street from the White House, the evening was truly a fiesta with a purpose.

Father John welcomes guests
to the US Chamber of Commerce
Latin-inspired tapas buffet, salsa lessons and dancing in an informal yet beautiful setting introduced many new people to the work of the Spanish Catholic Center, and most importantly, the clients it serves.  Many of the Spanish Catholic Center’s staff mingled with the crowds to talk about their work while festive Sueños Lanterns and a silent film illuminated the heart of the Center’s mission: giving safety and hope to all those who are newly arrived in our country.

All in all, we had a blast! And we have proof…

More Spanish Catholic Center!
Please step away from your desk for this two-minute tour of our Spanish Catholic Center!

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