COLUMBUS, Ind. — Su Casa’s Diversity Gala celebrated its in person return to The Commons in a big way Friday after being forced into streaming events in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
The gathering attracted a sold-out crowd of 352 people, according to organizers.
“We are just so thrilled. We have experienced such incredible support. It’s such a special thing to be able to celebrate the diversity of this community, and we are so pleased that we have the opportunity to do so.”WHITNEY AMUCHASTEGUI
And organizers far exceeded an $80,000 goal by raising an estimated $100,000 , said Whitney Amuchastegui, Su Casa Executive Director.
“We are just so thrilled,” Amuchastegui said. ” We have experienced such incredible support. It’s such a special thing to be able to celebrate the diversity of this community, and we are so pleased that we have the opportunity to do so.”
Manhattan Band, a Texas based group playing everything from mainstream pop to Latin tunes, provided music. Local disc jockey, Carlos Ramirez, also provided tunes. Cummins executive hospitality team provided a mix of Latino and East Asian foods.
Su Casa is a nonprofit organization in Columbus, serving as a cross cultural bridge between Bartholomew County’s Hispanic and non-Hispanic populations. Celebrating and educating the community about the culture represents a portion of the organization’s mission.
This year’s event was different in that represented a team effort among a mix of organizing organizations: Cummins Latino, Pride, and the East Asian Employee Resource Groups of Cummins.
Organizers have long stressed that Su Casa plays a key role it plays in helping Latino families in a myriad of ways when they arrive in Bartholomew County. They have emphasized that helping Latino families acclimate to Bartholomew County as smoothly as possible makes the whole community stronger.
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