Center for Community Advocacy’s 23rd Annual


Tardeada & Ben Heller Awards Banquet

Invitation & Sponsorship Request for CCA Annual Banquet & Awards Ceremony, this year to honor the Ben Heller Award Recipient

The Big Sur Land Trust– a fun party in a great location!

Just one fundraising event a year, and for 2018 it should be particularly wonderful!  The Center for Community Advocacy’s 23rd  annual “Dia de Los Muertos” tardeada (afternoon party) will take place Sunday, October 28th at 4:30 pm to honor this year’s recipient of CCA’s Ben Heller Award and Volunteer Hero Award Recipient.  The event will take place at a new location this year, the Salinas PAL Building at 100 Howard Street in Salinas.

This year’s Ben Heller Award recipient is Big Sur Land Trust.  The Big Sur Land Trust inspires love of land across generations, conservation of our unique Monterey County landscapes, and access to outdoor experiences for all.  The organization is conserving and caring for the magnificent natural landscapes, habitats and waterways of our region to ensure a sustainable future and providing opportunities for all who live in and visit Monterey County to experience the healthful benefits associated with access to parks and open spaces, fresh food, clean air and water, and a deep connection to nature.  For this effort, the Center for Community Advocacy (CCA) has selected The Big Sur Land Trust to receive the 2018 Ben Heller Award for Leadership and Courage.  CCA bestows the award annually to a member or members of the community who have shown courage, leadership and a strong commitment to the farmworker community and to the goal of improving housing and health conditions in the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys.

Farmworkers also wish to honor the Indigenous Interpreting+®, a service of Natividad Foundation.  The Indigenous Interpreting+® program specializes in indigenous languages from Mexico and is one of the few programs of its kind in the United States helping health care providers, courts and other agencies effectively communicate with indigenous people. Each of the companies will receive CCA’s 2018 Hero of the Year Award.

We also will present the Sam Karas Farmworker Leadership Award. This never fails to inspire us all, a mark of the success of CCA – as well as the farm workers themselves.

As always, the Center for Community Advocacy has much to celebrate.  We have completed yet another year of training farm workers in leadership roles that enable them to negotiate with their landlords for improvements in their housing units. Those same skills have empowered these farm worker leaders to become purveyors of preventive health information at their housing sites and teach farm worker how they can help themselves.  Talk about a challenge, but we are ready for it!

CCA has become recognized statewide for its innovative approach, and more than ever we need your support. As CCA’s Annual Banquet approaches, we hope we can count on you review the sponsorship levels on the attached form – then write a check!  This form also serves as an invitation, your chance to buy one ticket, or four.  It is also an opportunity to buy an ad in the program and make a donation for our raffle, which is a lot of fun.

We ask you to please review the Sponsorship Form and think generously!   Your support of farm workers in their efforts to educate themselves and their communities allows CCA to continue its good work. Your contribution is tax deductible Tax ID #77-0192068. Please do not hesitate to contact Marci Bracco at, 831-747-7455, if you have any questions. Many thanks for your consideration.

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