Recap: 2018 Destino Dinner

Omaha, Neb., August 25, 2018 — On Friday, August 24, the Latino Center of the Midlands (LCM) held their annual Destino Dinner at Scott Conference Center. Destino Dinner is the LCM’s largest fundraiser and event of the year. The event showcased artwork from Pathways to Success (P2S) students and staff, along with student artwork from Omaha South. Attendees enjoyed networking with colleagues, and a performance by younger dancers from the Omaha Metro before the dinner program commenced.

The dinner program was led by emcee, Maya Saenz, who introduced students from Omaha South High School, who shared an acoustic guitar performance with guests. After the performance, three individuals told their stories and experiences with the LCM, recounting times of tragedy, hope, and how the LCM had helped them on their journey towards achieving their goals. The LCM awarded the Familia y Communidad Award to Dr. Rony Ortega for being an inspiration not only to Latinos but to people from all backgrounds, and his continuous commitment to the Omaha community. Cesar Cerna, an alumni of the P2S program, was awarded a scholarship to Metropolitan Community College for being an outstanding student. Destino Dinner was a huge success and helped raise more than $129,000 for the LCM and the community we serve.

The LCM is grateful to all who attended and supported our mission and organization. The proceeds of Destino Dinner will go towards a variety of events, services, and programs, such as our bilingual GED, pre-GED, citizenship, and ESL classes; students absenteeism prevention and services in area middle and high schools; and to strengthen families with their Cara y Corazón (Face and Heart), social service assistance, and their new Family & Community Well-Being curriculum.