Building the Dream Gala

Celebrating 40 Years of Building the Dream!

With Partners Like You , for forty years the TELACU Education Foundation has continuously invested in our community’s most vital asset—our young people. Together, we have touched the lives of tens of thousands of students, transforming not only their futures, but those of their families and the people they go on to serve.

Each year, proceeds from our Annual Gala empower yet another 2,000 first-generation Latinx from underserved communities to continue Building the Dream of graduating from high school; earning their Bachelor’s, Master’s, JD, MD or PhD; and launching into successful careers, particularly in high-growth, high-impact sectors where they have traditionally been underrepresented. These young people are the embodiment of the TELACU Mission Statement—to serveempoweradvance, and create self-sufficiency—and they will collectively perpetuate its fulfillment.

While TELACU Scholars have always faced formidable barriers to their academic and professional success, over the past three years they have also been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The very well-being and survival of their entire families have been threatened, as well as their ability to continue pursuing their hopes and dreams of building a better future—for themselves and for our vulnerable world. But these resilient and tenacious young people not only maintained our Alumni’s historic achievements, they exceeded them!

Please join us in celebrating our amazing TELACU Scholars and in honoring two iconic leaders with the 2023 TELACU “CREO” Award—Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and California Attorney General Rob Bonta—as our Annual Building the Dream Gala returns to the JW Marriott at LA Live for the first time in three years! This event will bring together leaders from the corporate, educational, and civic communities, as well as many Alumni—some of whom are now Foundation Partners themselves. Don’t miss this truly memorable and inspiring evening!

For more information, kindly refer to our Partnership Opportunities (include link) or email Priscilla Lizárraga at


Corporate Partners, Foundation Leadership and Scholars Onstage at the 36th Annual Building the Dream Gala