Sabor de las Americas Raises $200,000 for SVREP's Latino Vote 2015-16 Campaigns

July 17th, Los Angeles, CA - The Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) launched its Latino Vote 2016 National Election Campaign on July 17, 2014 before 200 donors and supporters at the LA River Center in Los Angeles raising some $250,000 for nonpartisan Latino voter registration campaigns in California in summer/fall of 2015 and spring of 2016.

SVREP's fundraising benefit Taste of the Americas/Sabor de las Americas celebrated its Copper (7th) Anniversary with speeches from US Congresswoman Judy Chu as well as Candidate for the 44th CD Hermosa Beach Councilwoman Nanette Barragan.

SVREP's grassroots mobilization is currently setting up a dozen voter registration committees in Los Angeles County as well as several more North and Eastern Texas. Fundraising is underway to develop Latino Vote projects in south Florida, north Georgia, Colorado, southern New Mexico, Arizona, and southern Nevada.

Earlier in the week SVREP and its policy sister organization WCVI trained 125 elected officials and grassroots leaders at the Latino Academy (at the Commerce Crowne Plaza Hotel) in policy strategies, candidate techniques, voter registration techniques, and climate action strategies.

SVREP Vice President Lydia Camarillo all the way from Texas recognized the many elected official in attendance as the guests devoured the fine cuisine which consisted of a ten course tasting menu with matching Mexican, Argentine and Chilean wines provided by two award winning Latino chefs Oscar Trevisco of Ajos y Cebollas in South El Monte, and William Velasco of El Caserio South American Restaurant in Silverlake.

Hosted by LA Radio and TV Celebrity Raq-C, Sabor de las Americas took place at the magical LA River Center and Gardens nestled in Cypress Park along the LA River. The wea vther was a perfect ally to this outdoors garden-style event of good food, good politics, and good company. Major support was provided by the California Community Foundation, Entravision Media, The Gas Company, Coca Cola, Southern California Edison, Joe Perez and Associates, Walmart and many many others