Saint Paul, Minn., October 11, 2019 – More than 600 business and community leaders gathered to celebrate Latino leadership and Hispanic Heritage Month at CLUES Gala Latina on Thursday, October 10, at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel. The event was presented by CLUES and General Mills with the support of a variety of major sponsors including Cargill, Best Buy, Medtronic Foundation, Xcel Energy, 3M, Fairview, Metropolitan State University, US Bank, Fields Law Firm, Walmart, Wells Fargo and the Minnesota Vikings, among others.


“Hispanic Heritage Month and Gala Latina are more than just a great opportunity to celebrate the rich cultural heritage our Latino community brings to Minnesota,” said Ruby Lee, CLUES President and CEO. “They are also a time to come together and be inspired by the Latino leadership that drives our state and our communities forward. CLUES is proud to partner with and honor the trailblazers who are shaping present and future narratives for Latinos and all Minnesotans.”


Richfield Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez was honored during the event with the CLUES Latino Leadership Award. Regan Gonzalez is the first Latina mayor in Minnesota and the Midwest. As mayor of the city of Richfield, she is directing her efforts to promote a more inclusive government amid growing racial disparities and inequities, prioritizing affordable housing, civic participation, equity in health and inclusive decision-making.


“It is such an honor to be receiving this year’s CLUES Latino Leadership award. I’m proud to be sharing it with so many powerful Latinx leaders and youth that have been leading alongside me to inspire hope; and make what seems impossible, possible for our entire community,” said Maria Regan Gonzalez, Richfield Mayor.


The evening also featured a live and silent auction with unique Latino and local items, a gourmet dinner and performances by a local Latino dance troupe. Funds raised at the Gala will support CLUES’ Youth Voices programing, advancing opportunities for Latino Youth to define and promote their own cultural narratives.


The attendees had the opportunity to hear the voice of the young people through an impactful video where they demanded that their voices be heard: “Hear our truth now as we lift our own voices. The voices of 60 million Latinos living in the U.S. The voices of 325,000 Minnesotans. We are survivors, fighters, and hard workers who never give up. We share our talents by generating innovative ideas, creating leaders.

WE ARE leaders! Our people are the bricks in America’s skyscrapers. Now we will transform their design and build the world that the sweat of generations has earned. There is no stopping us!”


CLUES is Minnesota’s largest Latino nonprofit organization. For 38 years, CLUES has served Minnesota’s Latino community by:


·     Advocating for equitable opportunities that will reduce disparities

·     Advancing equity through programs and access to resources

·     Increasing opportunities for Latino families to be healthier, prosperous and engaged


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