2017 Gala

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 SAVE THE DATE – June 3, 2017!

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About the 2017 Gala “You are Your Story” 

This will be the Fifth Annual Fundraising Gala for Green Card Voices, a non-profit, non-partisan organization, and we  would love for you to join us! The highlight of the Gala this year will be the release of the book “Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a St. Paul  High School”  when the 30 LEAP High student authors will be holding the book in their hands for the very first time.

This book embodies key dimensions of Green Card Voices’ mission; providing immigrants with a platform to tell their own stories, in exactly the ways they want them to be heard. The youth of America truly are the future of America hence the Gala’s theme this is YOU ARE YOUR STORY. At the Gala, we will show you how Green Card Voices is empowering a generation that will work to build a nation where all voices are heard and valued. Come join us and experience the culmination of these students’ courageous narrative journeys.

To become an EVENT SPONSOR view the 2017 Green Card Voices Sponsorship Packet here.

VENUE: Wilder Center, 451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104 (directions)

TICKETS: $100 (early bird rate), $150 (after May 5, 2017)

Buy your tickets through EVENTBRITE.

clean st paulSchedule of events

5:30 pm      Cocktail hour & Silent Auction  
.                      Registration / Silent Auction /Cash Bar
7:00 pm      Welcome Remarks
.                     Introductions & Housekeeping
7:05 pm      Dinner Program
.                      GCV Speaker
.                      Entertainment
.                      Fund-a-need & Live Auction
8:00 pm      Keynote Speaker: Sirish Samba, CEO of Sambatek & Javier Arreola Martell
8:30 pm      Awards Presentation
8:40 pm      Silent Auction Checkout

Dress to impress. Black tie optional.

The Fundraising Gala will start with a cocktail hour, continued with a sit down dinner, speakers and a wonderful and entertaining. This evening will be sure to inspire, entertain, and fill your stomach! We’ll share how far we’ve come and what we hope to accomplish and what we need to get there. There will be a silent and a live auction, too! Help us build the largest video library of immigrants’ stories in America!

Keynote Speakers

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 Sirish Samba—President and CEO, Sambatek

Recently named one of The (Real) Power 50 of 2017 by Minnesota Business Journal, Sirish Samba’s entrepreneurial approach to business brought from rural India, through a master’s program at South Dakota State University, and into Sambatek’s doors as an entry level civil engineer. He quickly became known for his ability to envision and create success in complex situations. With a powerful ability to inspire others, it didn’t take long for him to become a company—and industry—leader. At age 39, he became the firm’s CEO during the great recession and led the firm to become the 48th Fastest Growing A/E firm in the United States. In addition, he serves as a Board Member at American Consulting Engineers Council and is recognized as a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Javier Arreola Martell—Green Card Youth Voices St. Paul co-author

Born in Mexico City, Javier Arreola Martell moved around the country living with different relatives after his father immigrated to the U.S. At the age of 15, Javier asked his father to bring him as well so he could pursue a better future. Although it was difficult in the beginning, he started making many friends and improving his English. In his free time, Javier likes to spend time with friends, play video games, and practice parkour. After graduating from LEAP High School, Javier hopes to graduate from college and become a scientist and teacher so he can help people around the world.

Get social!

Share the Green Card Voices Gala experience on social media! Contribute to the digital social wall by using #GCVgala17 on all of your Instagram and Twitter posts. Share those selfies, photos of your attire, best dance moves and your observations throughout Gala!

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors

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