Hispanic Alliance Celebrates Community Champions and Latin Cultures in  the Upstate

On Friday, May 5th, Hispanic Alliance of South Carolina hosted its 5th Annual La Fiesta at the Old Cigar Warehouse. The Hispanic Alliance works to build understanding and collaboration across cultures and unites the largest network of agencies and individuals working collaboratively to advance Hispanic communities in the Upstate region

Presented by Bon Secours for the fifth consecutive year, La Fiesta is a celebration of Latin cultures that contribute to making the Upstate a vibrant and international community. At La Fiesta, Hispanic Alliance honored people and organizations leading exemplary work to advance inclusion and equity in the community through a variety of awards. Honorees for this year’s awards included Hollingsworth Funds, James Campbell, Jessica Wallace, Denis Lathan, and Keny Murillo.

“We are thrilled to honor remarkable leaders who are creating access to opportunity for Hispanic communities throughout the Upstate. Recognizing their work is very important to us” said Adela Mendoza, Executive Director of Hispanic Alliance. “La Fiesta is always a magical night, and this year we celebrated our fifth anniversay on the fifth day of the fifth month, so the stars are alligned for an extra special night.”

This year, La Fiesta’s theme celebrated the blend of Hispanic-Amerian cultures through food, wine, and music, and highlighted Hispanic talent in our region. A custom menu was crafted for the evening by Larkin’s Executive Chef, Alex Castro, who moved to Greenville from Honduras in 1992. Alex previously worked at Greenville Country Club and Palms Restaurant where he then became Larkin’s first Executive Chef. The evening opened with tapas, tequilla tasting, and music from Mariachi Grullense, and after dinner, guest danced to the music of Orquesta Mayor, both from Charlotte, North Carolina.

About Hispanic Alliance

The Hispanic Alliance is an organization created from and for collaboration across cultures. Its mission is to enrich the quality of life in our community by coordinating initiaves and building collaborations among service providers, the Hispanic members of our community, and the community at large.


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