Photo: American Latino Museum Continues to Garner Support
With a series of regional awareness and fundraising events successfully hosted in the key cities of New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Miami, the nonprofit organization at the heart of the movement, to build an American Latino Museum, Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), has made significant progress in growing its base of community and fundraising support.
These events mark the beginning of a national campaign led by the FRIENDS to inform the nation about the value of the museum and further consolidate the base of community support for an American Latino Museum that will highlight the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life.
With each new event, attendance numbers continued to rise as interest from the community spread and multiplied. Jonathan Yorba, Chair of the FRIENDS, praised the national campaign, stating, “After visiting these key markets, it is evident that the American Latino Museum is strongly desired by Americans from coast to coast. We are happy to provide museum supporters with a venue, through our regional events, and a vehicle, through our national campaign and the FRIENDS organization as a whole, to discuss, come together as a community, and learn more about the movement to build an American Latino Museum.”
Henry Muñoz, Chair of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission (NMAL), has made it a priority to attend several of the regional events, outlining for attendees the Commission’s Final Report “To Illuminate the Story for All,” which was researched, authored and presented to the President and Congress on Cinco De Mayo of this year. This report was completed almost a year before its original deadline.
More than 140 leaders contributed to the Friends organization and attended the reception at Miami’s historic Freedom Tower, and NMAL Commission Vice Chairman Emilio Estefan’s support and presence at the event was invaluable. We are very pleased with the response and publicity generated and hope that Congress will soon authorize the creation of the museum.”
Representatives from the nonprofit, corporate and public sectors have attended the FRIENDS’ four regional events. These new supporters and others will be added to the organization’s ever-growing network, which already boasts over 60,000 loyal Facebook followers and a database of over 100,000 supporters.
Following the most recent event in Miami, the FRIENDS’ national fundraising and awareness campaign will continue, with events being planned in Chicago, Dallas, and Las Vegas.