¡VIVA MEDA! Archives

“The Big Picture”: ¡VIVA MEDA! 46 Raises $235,000, Speaks to Reawakening Civil Rights Movement

by Donor Engagement Officer Lucy Porras-Azimi See the photos. Read the program. Listen to the speeches. It was definitely a memorable night on Oct. 3. That’s when 460 community members, funders and supporters filled the spectacular City View at Metreon for the annual ¡VIVA MEDA! gala to celebrate our nonprofit’s 46 years serving the low-income…

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COO Jillian Spindle’s Acceptance Speech for “Community Impact Award” at VIVA MEDA! 46

At ¡VIVA MEDA! 46 on Oct. 3, COO Jillian Spindle was honored with a “Community Impact Award” for her decade of work at MEDA. Following is MEDA CEO Luis Granados’ introduction to the award, plus Jillian Spindle’s acceptance speech. Luis Granados It is my great, great pleasure to present the next award to my colleague,…

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“A Reawakening of a Latino Civil Rights Movement”: CEO Luis Granados’ Welcome Speech at ¡VIVA MEDA! 46

Good evening! Welcome to ¡VIVA MEDA! This is going to be a great night. We will recognize outstanding work in our community. Plus, we will hear from former U.S. Representative Luis Gutiérrez and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta  —  on a re-awakening of a Latino civil rights movement.    This is also my opportunity to offer…

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Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta and Former U.S. Representative Luis Gutiérrez to be Featured Speakers at MEDA Annual Gala

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2019 Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta and Former U.S. Representative Luis Gutiérrez to be Featured Speakers at MEDA Annual Gala Both will speak of the need to recharge a civil rights movement…

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CEO Luis Granados’ Welcoming Remarks at ¡VIVA MEDA! 45 Gala

45 years. Four-and-a-half decades. Almost half a century. No matter how you say it, I stand here tonight humbled by the legacy MEDA has built since 1973. And we could never have reached this point without each and every one of you. ¡VIVA MEDA! is truly a celebration of all of our collective work. Welcome!…

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to Keynote the ¡VIVA MEDA! 45 Gala

Christopher Gil Associate Director of Marketing and Communications Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 24, 2018 California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to Keynote the ¡VIVA MEDA! 45 Gala First Latino to serve as California Attorney General San Francisco — The nonprofit Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) has announced…

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¡VIVA MEDA! 44th Anniversary Celebration Brings Together Community, Generates Record Donations to Strengthen Mission Latino Immigrant Families

As 300 attendees were greeted by the mellifluous sounds of a 12-person mariachi band, ¡VIVA MEDA! got off to a rousing start on Oct. 19. The venue was the San Francisco Design Center. Thirty-three valued sponsors generously made this gala possible. (See list of sponsors following blog — click to enlarge.) The evening’s theme was…

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Executive Director Luis Granados’ Speech at ¡VIVA MEDA! 44th Anniversary Celebration

Normally, at this celebration, I would share with you the great work that MEDA does.  However, it does not seem quite right to use this time with you to list our accomplishments, and ignore the larger context that is being experienced by our Latino immigrant community nationally. Over the last year, people in power in…

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Early Bird Tickets Now Available for ¡VIVA MEDA! 44th Anniversary Celebration

It will be quite the Thursday night event on Oct. 19 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the San Francisco Design Center. That’s because MEDA’s annual gala will be taking place as a way to bring together the community to celebrate the organization’s decades of serving the Latino immigrant community — a community for…

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¡VIVA MEDA! 43rd Anniversary Celebration a Night to Remember

Mariachis. Deserving honorees. Great food. A community of support. Those were just four of the elements that combined to make ¡VIVA MEDA! a success on Wednesday. This year’s venue was the San Francisco Design Center. Celebrating 43 years of investing in people in the Mission – and now the Bay Area — it was a…

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