Building the Dream Gala

Building The Dream Gala

It is with a combined sense of great pride and immense gratitude that we invite you to participate in TELACU’s 50th Anniversary Celebration at the TELACU Education Foundation’s 35th Annual Building the Dream Gala on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the J.W. Marriott at LA LIVE!

The year 1968 was a tumultuous one in our nation’s history. Americans were engaged in bitter struggles, both abroad and at home. The civil rights movement and the unrest it unleashed were at their peak. People living in underserved communities were desperately looking for opportunities to escape the cycle of poverty and create a better future for their families. It was the year that our nation lost two of its most revered leaders to violence—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy.




The immeasurable contributions of those two great leaders would change the face of our world forever. It was Senator Kennedy whose legislative pen created a program that made possible the establishment of TELACU, now the nation’s largest and oldest Community Development Corporation. Bobby’s vision of creating pioneering institutions committed to service, empowerment, advancement and the creation of self-sufficiency has been fulfilled through TELACU’s work and its partnership with believers like you for the past half-century. This moment in TELACU’s history provides the opportunity for us to reflect, to give thanks, and to celebrate the great accomplishments of people in our communities—communities we build with partners like you.

It is within this context that we invite you to this momentous celebration. Your support of our 35th Annual Building the Dream Gala will impact the lives of more than 2,000 first-generation, low-income high school through graduate school students, as well as our nation’s brave veterans. The combination of highly effective and comprehensive services coupled with financial resources provided by the TELACU Education Foundation—and made possible by partners like you—year after year equip our amazing TELACU Scholars to succeed both academically and professionally as leaders across every sector of society—from business, engineering and the sciences, to public policy, law, education and the arts.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for what promises to be an inspiring event that will bring together nearly 1,000 corporate, education, and civic leaders. If you have any questions or require additional information, kindly email Priscilla Lizárraga at

On behalf of the entire TELACU Family—from our Board and staff to Scholars and Alumni—we thank you for your continued investment in the American Dream. The great future that Bobby imagined for our nation is being realized through your belief in every TELACU Scholar, each one an ambassador for all that is good in America.

2017 “CREO” Award Recipient California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon Onstage with TELACU Partners, Scholars and Leadership