By Allie Herriot, Tucson News Now intern
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A Hispanic nonprofit will honor Guadalupe Castillo and Richard Elias for empowering communities in Southern Arizona on June 6th.
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., the third-largest nonprofit in the country, will recognize a professor & human rights activist and a public servant who realize the value of a "Community Empowered."
This is the 33rd Annual Southern Arizona Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Desert Diamond Entertainment Center in Sahuarita. The theme this year, "Community Empowered," was chosen to celebrate individuals who ensure others have equal opportunities, a foundation for higher education, affordable housing, and basic services for people and famiilies to live quality, healthy lives.
"CPLC's guiding philosophy is that by creating economic opportunities, we empower individuals, families and communities to be self-sufficient for generations to come," Southeast Area Manger and Vice President of School Readiness, Magdalena Verdugo said in a press release.
"We are especially proud to honor Guadelupe and Elias, who for so many years, continue to positively shape lives by recognizing the value behind a Community Empowered."
Castillo advocated that her students view education as a tool for positive change. She has been an advocate of social issues in the community for over 40 years.
Long before Elias became a public servant, he was a strong supporter of efforts to make sure low-income families had equal access to services like affordable housing.
The Annual Celebration is the largest fundraising event in Southern Arizona, bringing together community leaders, in the public and private sectors, and in the business community. For more information visit EventsTucson@CPLC.org.
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