Together We Rise | 45th Anniversary Celebration Events

La Casa de Don Pedro’s 45 year legacy in Newark is one of resilience, of creativity, and of unity of unity. We have built bridges that unite communities, empowered leaders who ignite social change and created opportunities for all to thrive. Forty five years later, we remember that together we rise.Together we triumph over adversity. And together we can build a brighter, more equitable future.

We invite you to join us in celebrating this milestone anniversary. Our 45th Anniversary Celebration events speak to our legacy in Newark, honor leaders who advance our mission and celebrate our vibrant community. All of our events offer unique sponsorship opportunities and reach different sectors of the population. Your commitment to La Casa will be recognized on a variety of print and digital marketing materials, depending on your level of sponsorship. Please see our 45th Anniversary Celebration Packet that details all of our events, sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

45th Anniversary Celebration Events

Gracias A Ti: Breakfast at La Casa | May 4 2017
A breakfast to say thank you and recognize our friends, supporters and sponsors whose generosity makes our work possible. Our first-ever Gracias Por Ti breakfast will be held at 303 Broad Street. [free, by invitation only]

10th Annual Festival de La Familia| September 23 2017
Our annual musical and cultural street fair. Held in the heart of Newark’s Lower Broadway neighborhood, Festival de la Familia celebrates our community’s vibrancy and diversity. The free event features carnival rides, games, performances by local musicians and community resources. [free, open to the public]

15th Annual National Latino AIDS Awareness Day| October 14 2017
A free, entertaining event held annually to raise awareness about the severity of HIV/AIDS in the community and encourage advocacy. La Casa’s NLAAD event in Newark is one of thousands of community events held in honor of NLAAD across the country to foster community engagement in the fight against HIV/AIDS. [free, open to the public]

Together we Rise: 45th Anniversary Celebration| November 9 2017*
A unique gala to celebrate La Casa’s 45 year legacy and honor leaders who advance our mission. The event will feature performances and artwork that speaks to Newark’s vibrancy and the strength of our community. [ticketed]

*Dates subject to change

For further information or to confirm your commitment, please contact Mariel Fernandez at 973-482-8312 ext.1116 or


45th Anniversary Sponsors: (As of April 17)

Prudential, Premiere 45th Anniversary Diamond Sponsor

PSEG, Premiere 45th Anniversary Diamond Sponsor

Valley National Bank, Premiere 45th Anniversary Gold Sponsor

JP Morgan Chase, Premiere 45th Anniversary Gold Sponsor

M&T Bank, Premiere 45th Anniversary Gold Sponsor

Rutgers University – Newark, Premiere 45th Anniversary Gold Sponsor

McCarter & English, LLP, Bronze Sponsor, “Gracias a Ti”

Horizon NJ Health, Friend Sponsor, “Together We Rise” and Festival de la Familia”; Unity Sponsor of “Gracias a Ti.”; Power Sponsor of National Latino AIDS Awareness Day

City National Bank, Friend Sponsor, “Together We Rise”. Unity Sponsor of “Gracias a Ti.”

North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Friend Sponsor, “Festival de la Familia” and “National Latino AIDS Awareness Day”

Mayor Lestor E. Taylor III, City of East Orange, Unity Sponsor, “Gracias a Ti”

New Jersey Devils, Unity Sponsor “Gracias a Ti”

Security On Point, Inc. Spring Sponsor “Gracias a Ti”

Pronesti Surveying, Spring Sponsor, “Gracias a Ti”

Senator M. Teresa Ruiz, Cumbia Sponsor, “Festival de la Familia”

Enid Roldan, Spring Sponsor, “Gracias a Ti”


45th Anniversary Legacy Committee: (As of April 17, 2017)

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez

State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz

Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin

Assemblywoman Blonnie Watson

Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders President Britnee Timberlake

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka

Nancy Cantor, Chancellor of Rutgers University – Newark

Maurice Jones, LISC President & CEO

John Schreiber, President & CEO of New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Joan Straussman, Acting Regional Vice President of NeighborWorks America

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