Check out photos from our latest event!
Each year, CLLARO honors individuals who consistently demonstrate their commitment to supporting the Latino community. Award categories include Social Justice, Education, Public Policy, and Community Service.
2016 Bernie Valdez Awards Luncheon
The CLLARO team (L to R): Executive Director Christine Alonzo; Program Manager Alexandra Alonso; Research & Development Coordinator Luke Straka.
Music flooded the room as guests were entertained by the talented Mariachi Los Gatos.
This Colorado-based group gave an exceptional performance.
Mile High Station had a beautiful spread prepared, catered by Three Tomatoes of Denver.
The room began to hum with conversation as guests arrived for the event.
Thanks to the American GI Forum - Mile High Chapter for presenting the flags.
Copies of La Voz in which CLLARO was recently spotlighted were distributed to guests.
The lovely Veronica Gallegos held her audience captive during the U.S. National Anthem.
9News anchor Vicente Arenas acted as Master of Ceremonies.
(L to R) Alexandra Alonso, Lt. Gov. Joseph García, Vicente Arenas, Christine Alonzo, & Hon. Polly Baca
(L to R) Alexandra Alonso, Vicente Arenas, & Christine Alonzo
Event volunteers with Luke Straka & Alexandra Alonso
Hon. Roger Cisneros, founding member of CLLARO (LARASA) at left
Rosemary Rodriguez, State Director for Senator Michael Bennett, with Mr. & Mrs. Hon. Roger Cisneros
Hon. Arturo Jimenez enjoys time with his family.
Lt. Governor Joseph García & event guest
Hon. Arturo Jimenez & event guests
Fernando Palacios, Executive Vice President of MillerCoors & event guests
Fernando Palacios (right) entertains guests with his charismatic personality.
Hon. Polly Baca (center) with her children, Mike and Monica.
Veronica Gallegos poses with the American GI Forum - Mile High Chapter.
CLLARO Capitol Fellow Alumni Mayra Gonzales (L) & Ricardo Rocha (R)
CLLARO Capitol Fellow Alumnus Candice Rodriquez (left) with Luke Straka & Alexandra Alonso
CLLARO Board Chair Maureen Hewitt
CLLARO Executive Director Christine Alonzo addresses the group.
CLLARO Board member Eddie Koen, Jr. presents The Lena Archuleta Education Award to Hon. Arturo Jimenez
Founding CLLARO (LARASA) member Sheldon Steinhauser presents his Community Service Award to Mannie Rodriguez.
Lt. Gov. Joseph García presents Hon. Ken Salazar with The Federico Peña Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lt. Gov. Joseph García shares an embrace with Hon. Ken Salazar.
Former state senator Hon. Polly Baca addresses the group.
Hon. Polly Baca presents her Social Justice Award to State Director Rosemary Rodriguez.
Rosemary Rodriguez, center
CLLARO Board Secretary Steve Medina presents The CLLARO Alianza Award to Fernando Palacios.
State Senator Leroy Garcia accepts the Roger Cisneros Public Policy Award, presented by Dr. Mike Cortes.
Sen. Leroy Garcia and Hon. Ken Salazar share a candid moment while posing with their awards.
Hon. Ken Salazar & event guests
Hon. Ken Salazar & Hon. Polly Baca
Hon. Ken Salazar & Hon. Polly Baca, left, with a group of event guests
It's been a great year here at CLLARO. We look forward to hosting next year's Bernie Valdez Awards!
¡Muchas gracias a todos los participantes!
See You Next Year!
C L L A R O – Case for Support
The Latino population is growing in Colorado. Over one million Latinos were living in Colorado in 2014, making up 21% of the total Colorado population (Pew Research Center, 2016). However, Latinos are not being adequately represented in Colorado’s democratic process. For example, the turnout rate among active, registered Colorado voters in the 2014 election was 71.3%, compared to 54.8% for Colorado Latinos (Latino Decisions, 2015). Simply put, the Latino voice is not being heard.
CLLARO is here to make sure our community’s voice is heard loud and clear !
On March 13, 1964, Lena Archuleta, Charles Tafoya and Bernie Valdez joined the President and Executive Director of the United Fund to sign the first agreement in the nation between United Fund (now Mile High United Way) and a Latino 501(c)(3) organization: the Latin American Research and Service Agency (LARASA). LARASA was established to address the needs of Latinos in education, youth motivation, job development, training and employment, health and welfare, housing, and community resources. LARASA’s vision was to create an agency where people from all ethnic and racial groups could work together to improve the conditions under which Latinos lived. Since our founding, our philosophy has been that when you improve the lives of Latinos, you improve the lives of all Coloradans. In 2007, LARASA changed its name and became the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy, and Research Organization (CLLARO). Today, CLLARO is Colorado’s premier leadership development, public policy, and research center dedicated to strengthening Colorado’s Latino community. CLLARO addresses the needs of Latinos in education, economic development, aging, environment, health, and social justice.
CLLARO addresses the issues that concern the Colorado Latino community the most using a system that incorporates Research, Advocacy, and Leadership.
- Conduct research to identify & clarify issues & concerns for Colorado Latinos
- Collect direct feedback from Latinos in Colorado
- Publish & disseminate research findings to inform Colorado policy-makers & constituents about the Latino stance
- Lead the discussion on Colorado policy & represent the Latino community’s unique voice
- Train Colorado’s future Latino leaders in policy-making & civic engagement