The more people who support AAMA, the more people AAMA can serve. 
 
Long-time volunteer Drew Wilson decided to throw a party to introduce more people to AAMA.  Turns out, it was an easy sell.
 
Sibila Vargas, Fox 26 Morning News Co-Anchor, immediately signed on as the honorary chair to be sure the event was widely publicized.  She had visited the campus several weeks earlier, and was deeply touched by the energy and determination she saw in the faces of AAMA's clients. 
 
Fashion maven Lisa Benitez joined Drew to co-chair the event.  Lisa's family is an East End institution, and she'd been looking for a way to reconnect and give back to the community that has given her so much.   
 
Lisa and Drew quickly recruited a strong host committee to make sure a diverse group of people from all over the city would get involved. 
 
Super-connector Stuart Rosenberg from the host committee made one call to the Hotel ICON, securing it's hot new bar and restaurant, VOICE, as the party spot.  VOICE is graciously buying everyone who donates one drink on the house. 
 
Why a happy hour instead of a more formal event?  Why just $10 to get in? 
 
Drew used to have time in his schedule to volunteer as a technology teacher in AAMA's adult education and literacy program, Adelante, but his career has taken up more and more of his time. 
 
"Not everyone can find the time to volunteer, but everyone wants to connect to organizations doing important work," explained Drew. 
 
"I saw hosting this happy hour as a way to introduce a big group of busy people to a cause they might choose to support in any number of ways.  I hope some will become regular donors to the programs, perhaps even graduate to purchasing tables at the fall gala or underwriting  the fall concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre.  Others might work for a company that can donate the bookshelves and trophy cases the school needs.  It will be exciting to get everyone together in one place to find out what we can do to help AAMA."
 
We hope you will come, bring friends, and meet some new people while raising funds and friends for AAMA.  The donation at the door is only $10, 100% of which will benefit AAMA's programs. 
 
Thanks to Drew, Lisa, Sibila, and our fantastic host committee for pulling together such a great evening. 
 
Jerry Acosta
Chris Brown
Christina Cabral
Isabel & Danny David
Marcy DeLuna
Luis Elizondo-Thompson
Nick Espinosa
Mike Fernandez
Giovanni Garibay
Allen Hill
Veronica Juarez
Michelle Lewis
GloriaLuna
Alex & Carla Martinez
Wendy Montoya
Katherine Orellana
Stuart Rosenberg
Marissa Saenz
Scott Silvas
 
If you can't join us on May 20th, get in touch to find out when the next event will be.  Or, don't wait!  Bring your own group of friends together to learn more about AAMA and contribute to the cause.  Call the development office at 713.967.6700 to set up your own event, and help AAMA continue to inspire Latinos through education.