CENTRO campaign to officially kick off as Centro Hispano hosts “Evening of Dreaming”

There will be a community picnic with live music and fun activities for the whole family at Centro Hispano of Dane County’s annual “Dream Party” event on Wednesday, September 28, from 4-6 p.m.

“Dream Evening” is an annual fundraiser for Centro Hispano, whose mission is to empower youth, strengthen families, and engage the community to help Latino families aspire to ascend in the Dane County area . This year’s event will feature the kickoff of Centro’s community campaign for the construction of its new facility.

“’Evening of Dreaming’ is a great opportunity for people to come together. We really see it as a community picnic and a community celebration,” Jamie Quam, director of development at Centro Hispano in Dane County, told Madison365.

The event will take place on the large back lot – on Hughes Place between Cypress Way and Park Street – behind the current Centro Hispano building, 810 W. Badger Rd.

“The program will take place from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. During this program, we will start with a land recognition and then we will link this land recognition to the Latinx community,” says Quam. “We also have some live poems read by a number of wonderful people, including one of my colleagues Alondra [Quechol] and Oscar Mireles, president of the Omega school.

The welcome for the event will be given by Ricardo Gonzalez, the longtime owner of the Cardinal Bar. Karen Menendez Coller, Executive Director of Centro Hispano, will deliver the keynote address.

“Karen will be making a special announcement at the event, as will the Chairman of our Board of Directors, Nancy Francisco-Welke,” says Quam. “This announcement will be about the launch of the public phase of the campaign and a real call to action to participate in this public phase of the fundraising campaign.

From 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Centro Hispano will invite people to participate in a number of activities ranging from a photo booth to dyeing activities for children, food and refreshments.

“We will have lots of activities for children, especially for small children, in conjunction with Play ‘n’ Learn who we work with here at Centro,” says Quam.

“We will also have an oral history booth where we will invite members of our community to share in Spanish or English – whichever they prefer – where they will answer some questions about their joyful memories, their hopeful memories. and their hopes for the future,” Quam adds. “And then we’ll have a live band and dancing.”

“Evening of Dreaming” will also be an opportunity to visit the site of the future Centro house and see renderings of the future building. Centro launched its community campaign to build a new, two-story, 25,000 square foot home for the South Side Latinx community of Madison and to seed the development and expansion of the city’s workforce and educational programs. ‘organization. The effort recently received a boost from the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation which awarded a $1 million grant to Campaign CENTRO, which is seeking to raise $15 million.

“We raised just over $12 million from the campaign. So we are doing very well. There will be more updates at the event that people will want to hear regarding our main focus and our plans to complete the campaign,” Quam said.

Centro Hispano’s new home will be located at the corner of Hughes Place and Cypress Way, a few blocks from its current home on the south side of Madison. With the new facility and seed funds for program expansion, Centro Hispano will be able to support an additional 1,000 community members per year, double the number of youth enrolled in after-school and summer programs, and to expand its healthcare career program to include a nursing career path by 2030, according to the Centro Hispano website.

“We have shared with our staff renderings of what the interior of the building will look like and everyone here is so happy to have more space for classrooms, more space for events, more space for staff to work in person,” Quam says. “I think this event is really important because we are all really excited to be able to come together again after the pandemic when we were all working remotely. Being at Centro is so much a part of who we really are.

Dane County Centro Hispano’s annual “Dream Night” event will take place on Wednesday, September 28, from 4-6 p.m. is free and open to the public. RSVP required. Register here.

Donations are appreciated.

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