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Progreso Latino Will Hold its 36th Annual Gala

October 30, 2013

Staff Reports -- HispanicBusiness.com

Progreso Latino will hold its 36th annual gala on the Friday, Nov. 1.

The theme of the fundraiser is "improving the odds for Latinos and immigrants in their early years."

Progreso Latino is a nonprofit organization in Central Falls, Rhode Island, that works to empower the Hispanic community through education, training, continuum of services and opportunities for self sufficiency, as well as other services.

Money raised at the gala will help run social programs at Progreso Latino, including Progreso offers early education programs, dual language preschool, adult education programs, citizenship and immigration services. The organization also offers flu shots at multiple locations.

The rapid growth of the Hispanic population in Rhode Island during the 1970s and the lack of existing state social service agencies toward the community led to the creation of Progreso Latino in 1977. Local Hispanic leaders established the agency to be staffed by bilingual, bicultural individuals in order to address the basic human needs of the Latino community.

During this year's gala, the agency will present awards to community members and organizations, according to the Providence Journal.

Awards include: The Early Education Champion Award to United Way of Rhode Island, and Teacher of the Year Award to Maritza Rosario and Amarilys Roque preschool teachers at Progreso.

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