Party for Chica Power
How do you follow up more than a decade of Latinitas’ enrichment programs for some of the city’s most marginalized girls, its signature annual photography auction event, and last year’s anniversary Quinceañera with an overflowing guest list of the city’s most influential notables – with the Party for Chica Power, of course!
Latinitas’ annual event has always been about the unexpected, creativity, and a celebration of Austin’s up-and-coming youth and the urgency to help them innovate, get access to the latest digital platforms and technologies, and elevate their goals and dreams!
This year delivers an evening of signature cocktails, dinner, music from the Chulita Vinyl Club DJ collective and a kermés-themed celebration at the new Austin Central Library.
What’s a kermés? Ker·mes ˈkermēz/ – A form of celebration, very similar to a carnival with several traditional activities. Normally outdoors.
Taking the kermés experience to a sophisticated level, Latinitas will present a cake walk with some of the city’s most in-demand delectable cakes, a bottle toss, cornhole game, Loteria, and a virtual reality piñata (!!!) with “grown-up” prizes such as elite alcohol tastings, jewelry, and some of Austin’s most delicious confections.
Latinitas will present its 1st Chica Power Award, sponsored by Bumble, to a Latinitas’ alum who is applying a “super chica power” she gained through Latinitas media and technology education programs in her everyday life. She will also be awarded a $500 scholarship. Event proceeds support 25 Club Latinitas programs at Title 1 schools and public housing sites, annual Chica Conferences, low- to no-cost camps, free family workshops at area libraries, and leadership development programs for teens.
This year has been a powerful one for change, driven by women and a continued fight for gender equity. Men responded to the #metoo movement with questions such as “what can I do?” We invited men to answer that call by forming a committee of male allies in support of Latinitas’ mission and the Party for Chica Power – the response was overwhelming!
Additional donations can be made through Eventbrite and at the event.
6:30 p.m. – Arrival, Cocktails, Open Bar, Carnival Games
7:00 p.m. – Welcome, Dinner, Buffet, Open Seating
7:45 p.m. – Presentation, Latinitas Founder, Laura Donnelly, and Latinitas speaker, Emily Alpuche
8:00 p.m. – Loteria
8:30 p.m. – Bumble Present Latinitas’ Super Chica Award
8:45 p.m. – Paddles Up, Games & Dancing
9:00 p.m. – Cakewalk, Games, & Dancing
10:30 p.m. – Conclusion
Latinitas Honorary Male Allies
Austin Mayor Steve Adler
Dan Rather | Former news anchor, CBS
U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro
U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett
U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke
Carlos González Gutiérrez | Cónsul General of Mexico
Austin City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan
Austin City Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria
Sandy Dochen | Director of Corporate Giving, IBM
Jason Rhode | CEO, Cirrus Logic
Rich Gergasko | CEO, Texas Mutual
Josh Baer | Founder, Capital Factory
Dan Graham | Founder, Notley Fund, Build-A-Sign
Evan Smith | Editor, Texas Tribune
Hugh Forrest | Director of Interactive, SXSW
Luis Rodriguez | President, GAHCC
Dr. Paul Cruz | Superintendent, Austin ISD
Rich Oppel | Editor, Texas Monthly
Colin Pope | Editor, Austin Business Journal
Alfredo Estrada | Editor, Latino Magazine
Ron Oliveira | Former anchor, KEYE-TV Johnny Ramirez | Recruiter, Ebay
Christopher Rios | Community Dev. Officer, Texas Capital Bank
Special thanks to our amazing corporate sponsors!
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