Announcing the 2021 Adelante Festival!

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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

7:30–8:15 PM ET
6:30 – 7:15 PM CT
5:30 – 6:15 PM MT
4:30 – 5:15 PM PT 

Reserve your tickets today!

 

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

This year, AMIGOS is raising $1,000,000 to support our mission and to remain at the forefront of international youth leadership programming. Donations support the Financial Assistance Fund, Latin American student enrollment across programs, innovations in our service and leadership programming, and strategic initiatives that are strengthening AMIGOS for the next 50 years and beyond. Your support at the Adelante Benefit will contribute to this critical work.

 

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 

 

Attire: Festive

Let’s have a little fun while tuning in from our living rooms! Grab your feather boas, your blue suede shoes, and your best party hats, and get ready to celebrate. 

 

Signature Cocktail: Rosa Mexicana 

In honor of thousands of alumni, families, and chapters who have sold grapefruit to raise funds for AMIGOS, let’s raise a collective glass to 57 years of impactful programming.  

INGREDIENTS 

*For a non-alcoholic version, replace tequila with pineapple juice as substitute 

1.5 OZ PATRÓN REPOSADO
1 OZ LIME JUICE
1 OZ ​GUAVA SYRUP
3.75 OZ GRAPEFRUIT SODA
GARNISH: LIME WHEEL 

 

Reserve your Adelante Benefit tickets and see the full program lineup here.

Alumni Fundraising Challenge

Calling all alumni! Support future young leaders who are “going places” by creating your own fundraising campaign page. In celebration of AMIGOS 57th year of programming, raise $57, $415, or $800 in this special fundraising challenge.Competition launches on September 1!

Auction: Shop for Good

Make an impact for AMIGOS while bidding on some amazing auction items! Get ready to bid on more than 70 amazing items ranging from vacation stays, artesian products from countries throughout the Americas, unique group experiences, museum passes around the U.S., and more! Bidding opens on September 10.  

Reserve your Adelante Benefit tickets today.  

Join us for the headlining virtual Adelante Benefit on Saturday, September 18th for a 45-minute program that will inspire, connect, and excite us about the future of AMIGOS. 

Virtual Adelante Benefit

Saturday, September 18th

7:30 – 8:15 PM ET
6:30 – 7:15 PM CT
5:30 – 6:15 PM MT
4:30 – 5:15 PM PT  

Reserve your tickets now! 

Check out the Silent Auction here.

 

Attire: Festive 

Let’s have a little fun while tuning in from our living rooms! Grab your feather boas, your blue suede shoes, and your best party hats, and get ready to celebrate. 

Signature Cocktail: Rosa Mexicana 

In honor of thousands of alumni, families, and chapters who have sold grapefruit to raise funds for AMIGOS, let’s raise a collective glass to 57 years of impactful programming.  

INGREDIENTS 

*For a non-alcoholic version, replace tequila with pineapple juice as substitute 

1.5 OZ PATRÓN REPOSADO
1 OZ LIME JUICE
1 OZ ​GUAVA SYRUP
3.75 OZ GRAPEFRUIT SODA
GARNISH: LIME WHEEL 

 

Featuring

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Grammy award winning duo

Mya Brown
2020 Youth Ambassador Alum from Newark, Delaware 

 

Cristhofer Ureña
2021 Summer Project Staff from Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica 

 

Sara Nathan
AMIGOS President & CEO 

 

Scott Horsley
Alumnus and Chief Economics Correspondent, NPR News

 

Mia Cooper
Alumna ’16, ’19
Special Alumni Guest from Austin, TX

 

Joe Crownover, Remembrance
2021 Philip C. Johnson Alumni Service Award Recipient

Reserve your Adelante Benefit tickets today.

 

 

In response to current trends surrounding the Delta variant, we are encouraging our community to connect through Adelante Benefit virtual afterparties.  

For more information on hosting a watch party or afterparty, click here to download the party brochure.

Reserve your watch party host tickets here.

 

Virtual Afterparties

Consider hosting an afterparty directly following the program on Zoom to safely come together virtually after the Adelante Benefit concludes in a private Zoom afterparty space provided by AMIGOS.  

To help create a fun and engaging party atmosphere, you will receive a party package of goodies like a kit to help prepare the Adelante Benefit signature cocktail, conversation icebreaker prompts, and other hosting and technology tips. You and your guests will all be entered into a drawing for an exclusive prize.

If you plan to host an afterparty, please reserve your afterparty ticket package by Monday, August 30. See party brochure for more details.

 

In-Person Watch Parties

*If you wish to host an in-person watch party, you may do so and would receive our support. However, we suggest you follow CDC guidelines. 

Host a small or large watch party at your home, a cherished restaurant, or another location where you can stream the event program. We recommend that you follow CDC and local guidelines for any gathering you host.

To help you create a fun and engaging party atmosphere, you will receive a party package of goodies like a kit to prepare the Adelante Benefit signature cocktail, decorations, giveaways, donation cards, and information on AMIGOS programs for your party guests to share with interested students.

If you plan to host a watch party, please reserve your watch party ticket package by Monday, August 30. See party brochure for more details.

 

Thank you for your interest in hosting an Adelante Benefit party! We are grateful for your support in raising $175,000 through this event and in spreading the word about AMIGOS and our inspiring students!

Auction: Shop for Good

Get ready to bid on more than 70 amazing items ranging from vacation stays, artisan products from countries throughout the Americas, unique group experiences, museum passes around the U.S., and more! 

Check out the Silent Auction now!

 

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.

 

Alumni Fundraising Challenge

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

You can join the challenge at the fundraising level that feels right to you:

1. Raise a total of $57 in your individual fundraiser in honor of AMIGOS 57th summer!

2. Raise a total of $415 in your individual fundraiser in honor of the 450 inspiring young leaders who are having a life-changing experience with AMIGOS this year!

3. Raise $800 in honor of the eight countries where AMIGOS operated virtual or in-person programming this year!

Competition launches on September 1!

Option 1: Create your personal fundraising page on AMIGOS Peer Fundraising Platform at https://www.amigosfundraising.org/. 

Option 2: Utilize Facebook’s fundraising feature and select “Amigos de las Americas” as your nonprofit beneficiary. 

 

Download the Fundraising Toolkit here.

Sponsors

Please visit the Sponsor tab for more information.

 

$10,000 – THOUGHTLEADER 

Anne Morriss and Frances Frei  

  

$5,000 – CATALYST  

Geof and Anne Barker  

David Baron and Pamela Mann 

Kate Janeway and Howard Wright 

Steve and Susana Sharpe 

  

$2,500 – VISIONARY  

Mike Gridley

Wade and Donna Lamson 

Patricia Rosenberg and Scott Nichols

Stephen Schafer and Lisa Brogan Schafer  

  

$1,000 – BELIEVER  

Jennifer Brodsky and Kumar Dandapani 

Charlie Evans, MD  

Josh and Mollye Fryday

Sarah and Andy Heck 

Holly and Chris Hollenbeck  

Fred and Karen Hulting

Jane Schussler and Mike King

Missa Thumm and Chris Thayer

AMIGOS Washington D.C. Chapter

  

$500 – HERO  

Sierra Hawthorne and Krishna Esteva

Phil and Linda Johnson

Milton and Lisa Roney 

Co-Chairs

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 

Mateo Rojas

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

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!

 

Auction 

$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.