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In Memory of Victor Gonzalez and Dr. Samuel Halperin Print
Thursday, 15 May 2014 11:29
Victor H. Gonzalez

Victor H. Gonzalez

Dr. Samuel Halperin

Dr. Samuel Halperin

Recently, two friends of LAYC passed away, Victor Gonzalez and Dr. Samuel Halperin.

Victor grew up in Columbia Heights, DC, the community where LAYC’s anchor site is located. As children and teenagers, Victor and his four brothers and sisters participated in LAYC programs. As an adult, Victor became an Advisory Neighborhood commissioner and helped LAYC secure necessary zoning for renovation of our anchor site. As a civic leader he was very involved in community affairs. Victor was a loving son, father, and community member who cared for the youth in our community.

Dr. Sam Halperin was a long-time friend and donor to the LAYC. Sam dedicated his career to American public education and youth development, always making sure that less fortunate youth in our country had pathways to success. As author, policy maker, and advisor to many national organizations, Sam leaves a legacy of accomplishments – from developing the landmark Secondary Education Act in 1965 to co-writing the influential 1988 report entitled “The Forgotten Half: Non-College Youth in America and Pathways to Success for America’s Youth and Young Families” -- that has positively impacted our nation’s children and youth.

LAYC is honored to have had both these gentlemen in our lives. They will be missed. We are also honored that both families asked that donations be made to LAYC to remember Victor and Sam. 

From LAYC’s family to Victor and Sam’s families, our thoughts are with you. At LAYC, we will keep Victor and Sam’s memory alive.


October Charity Event Recap Print
Friday, 01 November 2013 14:26

LAYC started the fall season with a bevy of fundraising events, raising over $9,500 collectively for LAYC programs. Special thanks to the groups and businesses that hosted the events as well as those who participated. Details from each event are below.

October 16 IDB Group HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign's Red Happy Hour at RoseBar Lounge

The Inter-American Development Bank hosted a benefit happy hour at RoseBar Lounge to support LAYC's HIV/AIDS prevention programs. The event was the culmination of a series of fundraising activities in honor of National Latino AIDS Awareness, including a bracelet sale. IDB rasied over $6,000 for LAYC.

October 22 Benefit Happy Hour for Project STRIPES at Nellie's Bar

LAYC's social club for LGBTQ youth and allies Project STRIPES hosted a happy hour at Nellie's Sports Bar to support its program activities, including its annual spring talent show. Nellie's donated $1 from the sale of each beer to Project STRIPES. The event, which included karaoke, raised over $650.

October 22 Adelante Program at Lost Society Lounge

LAYC's Maryland Adelante Program, in partnership with The George Washington University, hosted a charity happy hour at Lost Society Lounge for an emergency fund to help Latino immigrant families that participate in the program. The event raised over $500.

October 27 Dog Wash Fundraiser

The Prince George's County pet grooming company Grooming by Em donated pet grooming fees from the day to LAYC's Promotor Pathway. The event raised over $400 for the Promotor Pathway, which plans to use the funds for its annual holiday celebration. The celebration includes Santa, food, games, and gifts for clients' small children. Grooming by Em is a long-time supporter of LAYC and employs several LAYC participants. 

October 28 Fall Charity Wine Tasting

LAYC's Associate Board hosted a Grand Cata, a Latino Wine Company, wine tasting at El Tamarindo Restaurant. The event raised over $1550 for LAYC's programs.

Three LAYC Youth Win Capital One Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest Print
Thursday, 31 October 2013 16:56

The Hispanic committee at Capital One Bank sponsored a Hispanic heritage celebration, which included an art exhibit by Latino artist Camilo Sanin and a youth essay contest. Capital One Hispanic committee members spoke about their support of LAYC's work through volunteerism, grants, and their sponsorship of the essay contest. The essay contest was open to children of Capital One employees, LAYC participants, and children of LAYC staff members.

Steve Linehan, former LAYC board member and current treasurer of Capital One, and Simon Fairclough, current LAYC board member and vice president of Capital One, gave remarks at the event. Linehan stated, "Capital One and LAYC share a commitment to strengthening families and building vibrant communities. As a proud long-time partner, Capital One has invested more than $1 million to support LAYC programs."

Three LAYC youth won awards for their essays and two others received honorable mentions. Josselin, Francisco, and Ramiro won in their age groups and each received gift certificates, a backpack, and a "superstar" medal. Eight-year-old Josselin Zelaya read her essay about a trip to El Salvador, her parents' home country. Josselin's mother and LAYC program coordinator at Wilson Senior High School Maria Navarrete says her daughter was happiest about winning the medal, "she slept with the medal that night and wore it to school the next day." Another LAYC participant, Ramiro Forty, read his essay about who he admires most in his life; he won in the 15-17 age group. Eleven-year-old Francisco Echevarria also won, and LAYC participants Laura Cartagena and Wendy Perez received honorable mentions. See Josselin's submission, below.




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