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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

An event not to miss

Pan American Bank has partnered with Latino Literacy Now, a non-profit corporation 501(c)(3), to host an evening of art, music, dance and literature.

Latino Literacy Now's cause, supported by Edward James Olmos, is to promote reading as a means of improving lives, both professionally and personally. Latino Literacy Now's goal is improved literacy throughout the Latino community.

The evening will feature a dance performance by Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, readings by Latino Book & Family Festival 2010 latino authors, art gallery hosted by South Pasadena's Fremont Gallery, silent auction, door prizes, and much more!


Lalo Alcaraz — Cartoonist
David Bueno-Hill — Fiction/Poet
Daniel Cano — Fiction
Victor Cass — Fiction
Michele Serros — Poet
Philip Victor Colón — Comic Books
Kathleen Contreras — Children’s Books
Randy Ertll - Non-Fiction
Montserrat Fontes — Fiction
Reyna Grande — Fiction
Javier Grillo-Marxuach — TV Writer/Producer
Javier Hernandez — Comic Books
Laura Lacamara — Children’s Books
René Colato Laínez — Children’s Books
Rolando Ortiz — Poet
Mike Padilla — Fiction
Melinda Palacio — Poet/Fiction
Amada Irma Perez — Children’s Books
Thelma Reyna — Fiction
Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez — Fiction


Sergio Sanchez
Kikki Eder
Damian Chavez
Ariel Vargazal


4:00-4:45 pm - Music, Food, & Mingling
4:45-5:15 pm - Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company performance
5:15-5:45 pm - Welcome & Presentation of Certificates by Elected Officials
5:45-6:30 pm - Poetry Readings
6:30-7:30 pm - Book Signings
7:30-8:00 pm - Silent Auction & Closing Remarks

Emcee Armando Sanchez (Executive Director,

Book booth provided by Tia Chucha's Bookstore.

Tickets: $20 per person / $30.00 per couple
RSVP: Call Reyna Grande at (323) 314-1330

ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT LATINO LITERACY NOW. Global Broadcasting will provide a global Webcast of the event live as well as make it available for later viewing at

More details here:!/event.php?eid=140957519248700&ref=mf


Jesse Torres said...

Thank you for mentioning the event. This should be a great evening.


Jesse Torres
President and CEO
Pan American Bank
East Los Angeles, CA 90063
"California's Oldest Latino-Owned Bank"

Jesse Torres said...

Some photos from the successful event:

Jesse Torres
President and CEO
Pan American Bank
East Los Angeles, CA 90063