Announcing the 2021 Adelante Festival!

Funds raised from the festival and headlining Adelante Benefit will support our youth leadership programs and financial assistance program.

Adelante Festival Lineup

Headlining Event – The Virtual Adelante Benefit

Saturday, September 18th

7:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM PT

Virtual – Link Coming Soon

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The 2021 Adelante Festival and headlining virtual Adelante Benefit will bring our community together to make an impact for our programs and volunteers.


With Musical Guest Rodrigo y Gabriela

Mexican acoustic-rock duo Rodrigo y Gabriela won the 2019 GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. The award is just one of the recent career highlights for Rodrigo y Gabriela, who have undoubtedly established themselves as the planet’s preeminent acoustic guitar duo, earning international acclaim and a fervent fan following with their awe-inspiring mastery of their instruments as well as a truly distinctive approach to melody, energy, and rhythm. Learn more about the duo here


“We admire the vision of AMIGOS which is a world where all people share responsibility for our global community. We also believe in the potential of all people and sought to express this through our latest album METTAVOLUTION.  

We are excited to support AMIGOS by performing at their 2nd Adelante Benefit on September 18, 2021. See you then!

 – Rodrigo y Gabriela 

Alumni Fundraising Challenge

Calling all alumni! Support future young leaders who are “going places” by creating your own fundraising campaign page. Prizes announced soon!

Auction: Shop for Good

Make an impact for AMIGOS while bidding on some amazing auction items! Donate an auction item today! Click here to download the auction brochure and donation form.

The Adelante Festival Auction will be hosted online in September leading up to the Adelante BenefitDonate an auction item today! Click here to download the auction brochure and donation form.  

We are looking for high-quality auction items that are accessible to bidders from different geographic locations, including online and virtual experiences. We seek to include but are not limited to the following categories: 


Featured Category: Going Places

In-Person or Virtual Group Experiences 

AMIGOS Hub Happenings – Austin, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New York City, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco Bay, Seattle, Washington DC 

Treat Yourself, Your Furry Friends, and Your Bookshelf 

Art, Fashion, Food 


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


Josh and Mollye Fryday

Adolfo Jiménez and Ulrike Falkenberg

Anne Morriss and Frances Frei

Steve and Susana Sharpe

Host Committee

Doug and Stacy Alexander  

David Baron and Pamela Mann 

Peter and Margie Benziger  

Elizabeth Blowers-Nyman and Jay Nyman  

Jennifer Brodsky and Kumar Dandapani  

Ed and Suky Cazier 

Ellen and Crane Curran 

Madelaine Delgado and Patrick Reed 

Mateo Eaton and Mayumi Yagi 

Charlie Evans, MD 

Mike Gridley 

Holly and Chris Hollenbeck 

Kate Janeway and Howard Wright 

Kristin Kaper 

Wade and Donna Lamson 

Russell Langsam and Anne Sherman  

Tomás Magaña and Leti Marquez-Magaña  

Milton and Lisa Roney  

Carlos and Diana Sanchez 

Stephen Schafer and Lisa Brogan Schafer  

Matthew Travers 

Marvin and Cassandra Trotter  

Dorn and Dominique Wenninger 

Rising Alumni Host Committee

Bryan Bonilla 

Mia Cooper 

Kevin Danfelser 

Finley Davis 

Nicolás Dreyer 

Emma Fredricks 

Ashley Lin 

Emma Link 

Anna Morokutti 

Samuel Shain 

We are committed to making alumni relations at AMIGOS more inclusive through the Rising Alumni Host Committee. We want to uplift the voices of the alumni of a new generation and highlight their leadership in the AMIGOS community. The Rising Alumni Host Committee will encourage other alumni between the ages of 15 and 25 to participate in Adelante Festival activities and attend the headlining Adelante Benefit. 

Auction Sub-Committee

Doug and Stacy Alexander

Peter and Margie Benziger

Ellen and Crane Curran 

Milton and Lisa Roney

Steve and Susana Sharpe

Marvin and Cassandra Trotter


Please visit the Sponsor tab for more information.

Adelante Benefit

If you missed the show, or just want to watch again, click here! Highlights include inspiring speeches, moving performances, and engaging music. You can even listen to one of a kind Adelante Benefit playlist here. 

With the photo wall and after parties – it sure felt like we were together! Check out a few of the celebrations and connections during the benefit. 


Adelante Benefit Photo and Chat Wall 

¡Felices fiestas! – Ed Cazier
Connecting from Chile! Greetings from the Southern Hemisphere! – Kerry Dudman
Guayabera ready- greetings from Merida, Yucatan! Matteo Travers, PD Yucatan 2018
Happy Adelante from Cat McKay and Jennifer Langdon!!
Happy to be dialing in from Tepoztlan, Mexico! A quintessential Mexican village in Morelos. 36 years after my first Amigos summer, I’ve been living my Amigos dream in Mexico for the last 4 years. – Dorn Wenninger


Hi all! Not in our gala gear but tuning in from the crater of a volcano in Nicaragua! – Vanessa Fiedler


Mary Stelletello

Leading through disruption, that is AMIGOS, yes Sara!!


Becca Wing-Moreno

So exciting to see AMIGOS staying strong and showing resilience! Thank you for leading us through this, Sara!


Ana Aguilera

Go Sara and all the wonderful Amigxs 🙂


Sierra Hawthorne

Agreed – this has been quite the challenging year, and it’s wonderful to see the team leading with resilience and a spirit of adventure for whatever comes next.


Angie Graves

This new program is the coolest thing.


Marta Ascherio

Speakers are so great 🙂 nice job everyone ❤️ ❤️ ❤️


Krisa Van Meurs

Fun to hear about the new virtual projects, impressive!!


Matt Brauer

I’m truly amazed at this generation–their world is upside down and there is no complaining, just a willingness to step up and make it work. The world needs these young adults now, more than ever.


Edward Cazier

Con lideres como tú, Bryan se puede lograr hasta lo imposible.


David Baron

👍👍👍How super inspiring!!!!


Barbara Wille

Love feeling connected to this amazing organization and community, and full of admiration for the way that Amigos is moving forward to meet the challenges of our time. Warm greetings to longtime Amigos friends! ❤️


Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

It’s always inspiring to hear what AMIGOS are up to today!


John Wempe

Incredible speech by my guy Josh Fryday! What a magical summer that was for us in Placer Bonito!


Ellen Curran

I hosted 2 boys from Paraguay and Uruguay for youth Ambassador Program. It was a wonderful experience and we are still in touch!



$31,583 was raised from the auction. More than 125 bidders engaged in a bidding race for 75 items! The top three most popular items were 1) a commemorative decorative wood encasing of the first AMIGOS logo; 2) Week Stay in Elk, California; and 3) Mentorship with Kirsty McCormick – Energy Executive and Strategist. 


Alumni Fundraising

Over $6,000 was raised by passionate alumni across the world. 


Alumni Voices through the Arts

Alumni submitted poems and photographs about what action looks like in their communities.