Each year the Latin American Community Center (LACC) organizes three signature events to celebrate Delaware’s Hispanic community and to recognize their many achievements. Attended by many of Delaware’s most influential leaders, these events support critical services that benefit the Latino and wider community.
The Latin American Community Center Fiesta Latina is an event developed in order to offer an outdoor event that combines elements of the Annual Grand Ball and Open House when the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible to have a large indoor event. Based on the success of this event in 2021 we have decided to make this an annual event to celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage month. It is an opportunity for sponsors, funders and colleagues to visit El Centro Latino and celebrate Hispanic culture and food. The event includes speeches from local leaders, performances, music, and lots of delicious food. Funds raised during this event will support the construction of our new youth Playground
Since 1979, the Hispanic Student Recognition Program (HSRP) has highlighted the achievements of exceptional Hispanic students in Delaware. Awards are presented to high school students in the areas of (1) Academic Excellence, (2) the Arts, (3) Athletics, (4) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and (5) School/Community Service. Attended by over 400 students and parents annually, HSRP is a statewide undertaking and a unique event of the LACC.
Now the program has been rebranded as The Minerva Marrero Hispanic Scholarship Program! Named after one of the original HSRP founders, this program will provide scholarships to Delaware Hispanic high school seniors who enroll in a post-secondary program (2-year, 4-year, or trade school) after graduation.
Begun in 1969, the Latin American Community Center’s annual Black Tie Gala is the premiere creative and social event of Delaware’s Hispanic community. Honoring those who have made exceptional contributions to society, the Gala recognizes the year's Outstanding Hispanic Delawarean and Corporate Partner of the year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the next Annual Grand Ball will be held in 2023.
The Latin American Community Center presents a unique art contest and invites participants to explore addiction through artistic expression.