Guadalupe Centers, Inc. (GCI) hosted its annual Blanco y Negro Awards Gala on September 18, 2015 to honor and thank individuals who have contributed to improving the quality of life for Latinos in Kansas City. It is known as the premier formal awards banquet in the Latino community and serves as the formal kickoff to Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City. The money that is raised from the event each year benefits GCI and its programs.
Central Bank of Kansas City was honored to sponsor a table for this gala held at the Westin Crown Center. Kyle Stingley and Jeff Griffith, loan officers from Central Bank enjoyed the food, entertainment and awards with spouses, friends and colleagues. The Blanco y Negro provides the Guadalupe Centers and its supporters an opportunity to honor outstanding individuals and institutions who have contributed to the growth and development of the Guadalupe Centers and the local Latino community.
In addition, each year the event raises much needed funding for one of Kansas City’s most critical nonprofits, which last year alone served over 9,000 individuals and families through a wide array of programs and services in areas including Education, Health, Social Services, and Youth Development. With the Guadalupe Centers’ recent acquisition of the former St. Paul’s School of Theology campus and the former Hope Academy campus, that number will only increase in the future as the organization expands its programming. Click here for a directory of Guadelupe Center’s programs.