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Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco

Saturday, September 23, 2023

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Please join us at the first Adelante Benefit in-person since 2018! The 2023 Adelante Benefit will celebrate 59 years of AMIGOS and will raise funds to support our programs and students. A Silent Auction will accompany this gala-style event.  




Josh Fryday, California’s Chief Service Officer (’98)

Josh Fryday serves as California’s Chief Service Officer within the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom to lead service, volunteer, and civic engagement efforts throughout California. As a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, Fryday leads California Volunteers, Office of the Governor. He led the COVID-19 Task Force to support food-insecure communities and food banks across the state. Since appointed, California Volunteers has launched the nation’s first statewide Climate Action Corps, #CaliforniansForAll volunteer initiative, a statewide Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign, the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps to help thousands of Californians who commit to serving for a year pay for college, and #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps, a program to employ underserved youth across the state in critical issue areas.

Fryday is the former Mayor of Novato, his hometown. He also served as President of Golden State Opportunity (GSO), leading the expansion and implementation of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). Prior to GSO, he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for NextGen Climate, a leading national organization focused on climate change.

Fryday served in the military as an Officer in the United States Navy (‘09-‘13) as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). Fryday received his law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Demos, a national think-tank focused on issues of economic, racial, and political inequality, and is a founding Board Member of Amazon Frontlines, a leading organization to protect indigenous communities and territories in the Amazon. He is married to Mollye Fryday, an educator, and they have three energetic young boys, Shay, Calvin, and Tam. Josh volunteered with AMIGOS in the Dominican Republic in 1998.



Julia Cedarholm, Senior Associate, ESG Research & Shareholder Engagement at Arjuna Capital and AMIGOS 2023 Rising Social Entrepreneur Award (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14)

Julia is the recipient of the AMIGOS 2023 Rising Social Entrepreneur Award for an outstanding alumnus. This award recognizes an alum under 40 who is a pioneer in addressing social issues facing our global community.

Julia is the Senior Associate of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Research and Shareholder Engagement at Arjuna Capital. In this role, she supports integrating ESG into Arjuna’s investment process and shareholder advocacy efforts. Her passion for social finance, sustainability, and social justice inspire her work.
Julia received her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) with a focus on social impact, innovation, and investment from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in May 2021. While in graduate school, she focused on sustainable investing strategies as a fellow at the Intentional Endowments Network and intern at Boston Common Asset Management. Before graduate school, Julia was the site director for an education equity nonprofit, UrbanPromise Charlotte.


The Mission and Vision of AMIGOS

Since our founding in 1965, 30,000 young people have served as volunteers in thousands of communities throughout the Americas. As our programs inspire more leaders through authentic service and immersion experiences, we continue to fulfill our organization’s mission in powerful ways. We envision a world where these young leaders and all of us become lifelong leaders sharing responsibility for our global community.   



Your sponsorship will help AMIGOS empower more students and will directly support our youth leadership programs. Please view sponsorship opportunities below.

Individual Sponsorship Form

Corporate Sponsorship Form

Ticket reservations will open in August. Reach out to Sam Waters, Donor Relations Manager with questions [email protected]  


Adelante Benefit Sponsorship Levels


 Recognition as the “Adelante Benefit Presenting Sponsor” • Full page feature in the event program • Sixteen tickets (two tables) for the event • Two features on AMIGOS social media channels 

Impact – Your sponsorship can underwrite Latin American youth participation in one project location in Costa Rica, Ecuador, or Panama. 


Half page feature in the event program • Sixteen tickets (two tables) for the event • One feature on AMIGOS social media channels

Impact – Your sponsorship can underwrite Latin American youth participation in one project location in Costa Rica, Ecuador, or Panama. 


Half-page feature in the event program • Eight tickets (one table) to the event • One feature on AMIGOS social media channels

Impact – Your sponsorship can fund two financial assistance awards for high school program students. 

$5,000 – CATALYST

Eight tickets (one table) to the event • One feature on AMIGOS social media channels

Impact – Your sponsorship can fund a financial assistance award for a high school program student. 

$2,500 – VISIONARY 

Four tickets to the event

Impact – Your sponsorship can fund a financial assistance award for a middle school program student. 

$1,000 – BELIEVER 

 Two tickets to the event

Impact – Your sponsorship can underwrite two community service projects on a summer program in Costa Rica, Ecuador, or Panama. 

$500 – HERO 

 Two tickets to the event 

Impact – Your sponsorship can underwrite a community service project on a summer program in Costa Rica, Ecuador, or Panama. 


  All sponsors will be recognized in event and promotional materials. 


AMIGOS Visibility and Reach

30,000 alumni across the world
59 years of programming in 17 countries
Website views: 380,000+ yearly
Monthly Newsletter: 30,000+ subscribers
Instagram: 25,000+ monthly impressions
Facebook: 7,500+ monthly impressions 


Recent features on Live! in the Bay, PaperCity Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, and Global Travel Channel 

Thank you to the 2023 Adelante Benefit Host Committee members! The Host Committee helps to inspire our community to support the benefit and make it a great success. They are passionate believers in our programs and students.

Host Committee

Doug and Stacy Alexander
David Baron and Pamela Mann
Jennifer Brodsky and Kumar Dandapani
Kelly Burkholder and Mary Bouley
Ben and Karen Cain
Sarah and Ryan Collins
Stephanie Falkenstein and Subir Kumedan
Mike Gridley
Sierra Hawthorne and Krishna Esteva
Sarah and Andy Heck
Kristin Kaper
Wade and Donna Lamson
Megan McTiernan
Lisa Pieper and Robert Garland
David Quinto and Jo Ardalan Quinto
Justin Sears and Elisa Nino-Sears
Shawn Simpson
Kirsten Tobey and Ben Saenz
Marvin and Cassandra Trotter
Krisa Van Meurs and Peter Farmer
Raquel Wexler
Howard Wright and Kate Janeway

The 2023 Adelante Benefit builds on the legacy and impact of nearly one decade of Adelante Benefits – hosted in San Francsico and virtually during the pandemic. Together, these events have raised $700,000 to support AMIGOS programs and provide financial assistance for students. Thank you to our past sponsors, co-chairs, host committees, program speakers, and donors of these events. 

2018 Adelante Benefit

Four Seasons Hotel, April 2018


“We all have a voice inside of us that tries to keep us safe. But in doing so, that voice keeps us small. AMIGOS goes after that voice — and expands it — creating a bigger vision for yourself and for your place in the world.”  

–Liz Guerrero, 2017 Gap Program Alum, 2018 Adelante Student Speaker 


2016 Adelante Benefit

Claremont Hotel, November 2016

Honoring Margaret White Guerriero – Former AMIGOS President & CEO


The third Adelante Silent Auction will run from Friday, September 15, through Sunday, September 24, in conjunction with the Adelante Benefit. Donate an auction item today! Click here to download the auction brochure and donation form. And, take a look at a few feature items from our past auctions below.

We seek the below high-quality auction items:

Vacation Homes
All-Inclusive Trips and Weekend Getaways
Unique experiences such as tours or wine tastings
Pet, Clothing, or Homewares Packages
Wine, Beer, and Coffee Packages
Artwork or Memorabilia

Questions? Contact Sam Waters at [email protected] or call (713) 986-2947.


2020 & 2021 Adelante Auctions

There was so much fun and creativity in the 2020 and 2021 Adelante Silent Auction catalogs. More than 160 items were won, raising over $64,000 for AMIGOS programs and students. Thank you to our past auction donors and bidders. You are helping make AMIGOS possible for more young people across the Americas!

Vacation Stays in California, Colorado, Mexico, and Michigan


Latin American Textiles and Crafts