VENTURA, CALIFORNIA – Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation will present keynote speaker Rick Najera at its 35th Anniversary Gala celebration from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, at The Tower Club, 300 E. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard.
The evening will begin with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., kicking off the silent auction. The dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m., featuring keynote speaker Rick Najera, named one of the “most powerful and influential Latinos in entertainment,” by the Imagen Foundation. Veteran documentary filmmaker and Los Angeles-based broadcast network journalist David Cruz will be the master of ceremonies.
The event will include a gourmet dinner and silent and live auctions with Andres Herrera, former Oxnard city councilman and owner of HAV Associates, as auctioneer. A program including awards presentations honoring local attorney Barbara Macri-Ortiz and Jaime Bordenave, the former director of Cabrillo Improvement Association (Cabrillo’s predecessor), for their efforts and advocacy as leaders in affordable housing also is scheduled.
Funds raised from this event will provide affordable housing and make it possible for Cabrillo to improve lives through ongoing educational and social programs, financial education programs, food pantries, and after-school tutoring and reading clubs for children. Proceeds will create a ladder of opportunity that will lift the entire community.
Tickets for the event are $100 and are available for purchase online at cabrilloedc.org.
Najera, named “Top 13 in Diversity” by the L.A. Times and one of the “100 most Influential Latinos in America” by Hispanic Business Magazine, is an American sketch comedian, screenwriter, director, producer, actor, author, playwright and national speaker with an expansive portfolio of credits in all forms of entertainment.
Najera has starred in films with George Clooney, directed Perez Hilton in the “Britney Spears World Tour,” and has written sketches for Jamie Foxx and Jim Carrey. He is best known for starring on Broadway in “Latinologues,” directed by comedy veteran, Cheech Marin; directing the CBS “Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase: and writing for “MADtv,” “In Living Color” and Hulu’s Emmy-nominated original series, “East Los High.” He created, serves as host and is executive producer for the “Latino Thought Makers Series,” interviewing celebrity friends such as Edward James Olmos, Dolores Huerta and more.
Najera has written for television, film, new media and Broadway, including the feature film “Nothing Like the Holidays,” for which he received an ALMA Award.
As an award-winning author, he has written” Latins Anonymous,” “Pain of the Macho,” “Latinologues: From Broadway and Beyond,” and “Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood.” He is working on his fifth book, “Najera in America.”
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