Chicano Federation


The annual Unity Luncheon brought together more than 400 Chicano Federation friends and supporters on Friday, May 5th at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside. Vic Salazar, Chair of the Development Committee, and Mery Lopez-Gallo from Univision, Mistress of Ceremonies, kicked off the event. Mery introduced Board Chair Mario Sierra, who thanked sponsors for their support, introduced board members and elected officials and gave an overview of our programs and services.

After lunch, President/CEO Raymond Uzeta recognized Melissa Diaz for her many years of board service. He also presented awards to Josephine Talamantez, Board Chair of the Chicano Park Museum and Cultural Center, San Diego Councilman David Alvarez, and Congressman Juan Vargas, for the pivotal role they played in designating Chicano Park as a National Historic landmark.

He then introduced keynote speaker Marcela Celorio, Consul General of Mexico, who spoke about some of the challenges and opportunities of U.S. Mexico Relations.

Title sponsor of the luncheon was SDGE, and Estrella sponsors included AT&T, Comerica, Chase, La Prensa, San Diego Community College District, Sycuan, Walmart.

The event raised $88,000. All proceeds from the event support Chicano Federation's programs and services, which impact more than 8,000 people each year.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who supported this event!!

Article in San Diego Union Tribune (5/6/2017)

Unity Luncheon

President/CEO Raymond Uzeta with Mistress of Ceremonies Mery Lopez-Gallo

Unity Luncheon

(l to r) President/CEO Raymond Uzeta, Diane Takvorian, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Coalition, and County Supervisor Ron Roberts

Unity Luncheon

(l to r) Supervisor Greg Cox, Consul General Marcela Celorio, Congressman Juan Vargas

Unity Luncheon

(l to r) Board Chair Mario Sierra, former board Chair Melissa Diaz, President/CEO Raymond Uzeta

Unity Luncheon

(l to r) Board Chair Mario Sierra, Congressman Juan Vargas, Councilman David Alvarez, Josephine Talamantez, President/CEO Raymond Uzeta

Unity Luncheon

Mexican Consul General Marcela Celorio

Our Sponsors:

AT&T Chase Comerica LaPrensa SDCC SDGE Sycuan Walmart