EVENTS COVID-19 Modifications to Our Annual Events: COVID-19 Modifications to Our Annual Events: This is an unprecedented time for everyone, and much like you at your organization, we at La Plaza are trying to navigate the pandemic as best we can while continuing to support our mission. This means shifting priorities where needed to respond to the needs of those most vulnerable during this crisis, and creatively approaching new challenges as they arise. We are proud to be a front-line organization serving some of the most vulnerable members of our communities with necessities like food, rental and utility assistance, weekly virtual tutoring support for students, and interactive live informational sessions for the community at large. As with all other events with large gatherings of people, our events are taking extra precautions to ensure our staff and members of our community are safe. We will modify events as needed based on current CDC guidelines. We will reimagine our events this year, as virtual events where possible if current CDC guidelines recommend for us to do so. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mariana Lopez-Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org. Night of the Americas About Night of the Americas: Every Spring, La Plaza hosts our unique Night of the Americas event to raise community awareness and support for La Plaza’s impactful programs. During this Latin American-themed evening celebration, over 400 of our city’s business, public, and community leaders learn more about La Plaza’s work, savor a delicious ethnic dinner, and enjoy dancing under the stars. The students and families served by La Plaza have a chance to share their stories with the community. Finally, La Plaza names the annual Hispanic American Service Award winners and awards annual college scholarships through the La Plaza Scholarship Fund. SAVE THE DATE Night of the Americas 2021 – November 5, 2021 FIESTA INDIANAPOLIS About FIESTA Indianapolis: Since 1980, La Plaza’s FIESTA Indianapolis has been the premier Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in Indiana, bringing together a vibrant and diverse community and enhancing the cultural fabric of Indianapolis. Thousands of Hoosiers join FIESTA Indianapolis every year, where they enjoy a day of music, dancing, food, children’s activities, a health and wellness fair, and community service booths. This free, family event is held in September in downtown Indianapolis. The main objectives of La Plaza’s FIESTA Indianapolis are: • To celebrate and share the Hispanic culture with the entire community • Enhance the cultural fabric of the city • Expand Cultural Tourism in Indianapolis • Disseminate information to the Hispanic Community FIESTA Indianapolis celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Latino community in Indiana. An important update on FIESTA Indianapolis, 2021 festival: We’ve been navigating this pandemic as a front-line organization for over 17 months and have adapted to our changing situation to continue providing essential services to members of our community while ensuring the safety and security of our clients and staff. We’ve followed health guidelines, masked up, adapted new technology at the office, and created safety protocols, among other things. It all looked to be paying off in the spring and summer when the number of virus cases at the local and state level were steadily dropping. However, as much as we want things to go back to normal, the numbers in Marion County have begun to rise in numbers we have not seen since the start of the pandemic. Breakthrough cases are at an all-time high, and we must face the difficult reality of the pandemic lives on. We must put the health, safety, and well-being of our entire community first—our clients, staff, volunteers, sponsors, and partners, and all Hoosier residents. After careful consideration and with consultation from health experts we have decided to proceed to celebrate FIESTA Indianapolis virtually again this year. In lieu of an in-person event this year, we will host our FIESTA Indianapolis virtually on Friday, October 15, 2021. We will send more details about this event in the next few weeks. We will continue to forge ahead and serve some of the most vulnerable members of our communities with necessities like food, rental and utility assistance, technology assistance, weekly virtual tutoring support for students, and interactive live informational sessions for the community at large. Thank you for your support during this unprecedented time. SAVE THE DATE VIRTUAL FIESTA INDIANAPOLIS 2021 – Friday, October 15, 2021 Please click the image below to go to our FIESTA Indianapolis event page. Celebrating 40 Years of Latino Cultural Diversity in Central Indiana Are you interested in sponsoring a virtual booth, having a virtual table, or anything else? Please fill out this form and we will get back to you with more information! LINK TO INTEREST FORM Thank you to our sponsors!