A diverse group of supporters from all walks of life meeting and sharing their stories at “Dinner with Friends”
The group hosted “Dinner with Friends” in New York City on May 10th to bring together visionary leaders and supporters sharing stories of our varied ancestry and discussing how we can each help to bring more awareness to this campaign.
It was truly eye opening to me how many Latinos have helped to build this country.
Latino accomplishments and some who would be recognized.
From the oldest occupied settlement created within the borders of the continental United States--St. Augustine, Florida by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, a Spanish admiral, to the unsung military heroes that go all the way back to supporting Washington in the Revolutionary War, and fighting in the Civil War and many others receiving Congressional Medals of Honor, to astronaut—Ellen Ochoa who became the first Hispanic female astronaut in 1991, to Rita Moreno being only one of 12 people to have received all 4 entertainment awards—an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy, and Tony, to Latino fashion designers Oscar de la Renta, Isabel Toledo and Narcisco Rodriguez, and model Christy Turlington whom I can truly appreciate being in the fashion field myself.
And this is just a tiny little list of the many Latinos from politicians, athletes, writers, actors, musicians, etc. who have paved the way for us.
There is so much for all of us to know about our people and the founding of this country. I didn’t realize how little I know about our Latino history and that is incredibly sad that the contributions of our people are not hi-lighted nationally. It has really made me due some due diligence to read more about the stories of Latinos who have made a difference.
In the course of that one evening, by talking to fellow Latinos from all walks of life, I knew that this would be an incredible achievement if we could create this lasting legacy for our culture.
Ivette Fernandez, on the Board for the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino catching up with guests during dinner.
As a Latino, I highly recommend that you look into some of the many historic figures past and present who have helped to advance us as a people.
And spend time at your local Latino museums to really appreciate what our culture has to offer. Sometimes we take these things for granted.
Whatever your individual take is on supporting such a monumental cause you can go to http://americanlatinomuseum.org to find out more about the initiative and what you can do to participate. #BuildMuseumsNotWalls
About the author
Tina Trevino is the Senior Design Director of KBL Group Intl. Ltd. in NYC and manages their large creative design team and Director Community Relations for Latin Business Today. She shares all of her insight on upcoming fashion trends for the season with her team to start the collaborative design process. The company specializes in sweaters, knits and wovens. It provides product for ladies, men, contemporary, jr, and children. Tina specializes in coordinating directly with large US retailers to design exactly into their targeted customer needs. With many years under her belt in the industry, she has also gained the ability to go beyond the fashion component and help to work through sourcing, fitting, production and merchandising issues as well.