Sueños Music Festival Makes Donations Totaling $220K to Chicago Charitable Organizations
Sueños Provides for New Youth Media Center at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in Chicago
View Photos from the Grand Opening HERE
Chicago’s Latin Music Festival Returns To Grant Park On May 27-28, 2023
(l to r) Aaron Ampudia – Sueños, Co-Founder, Omar Torres Kortright – SRBCC, Executive Director, Brenda Torres-Figueroa – SRBCC, Education Director (Photo credit: Christian Duran)
(Chicago, IL – May 26, 2023) – Before its first annual event in Chicago in 2022, Sueños Music Festival displayed its dedication to giving back to the city’s community by donating $220,000 to Chicago charitable organizations serving the city’s Latino population.
Last year, Sueños donated $50,000 to Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC), the largest Latin cultural center in Chicago, to fund the development of a Youth Media Center. Now, Sueños and SRBCC announce the grand opening of the Youth Media Center, plus an additional $50,000 donation to the Center, in the hopes that it will provide space for Chicago’s Latin youth to make their artistic dreams come true. Yesterday, Sueños Festival co-founder Aaron Ampudia of La Familia, attended the ribbon cutting, along with representatives from SRBCC. The new cultural program shows Sueños’s long term commitment to its host city and its vibrant Latin community.
“When we were coming out to Chicago with the festival, the plan was always to be involved in the community,” Aaron Ampudia, co-founder of Sueños, told Billboard. “We want to have a positive impact, it’s not just about the festival. It really comes from the heart and the desire to want to help these places that are doing great work for the community, especially for the youth because they are the future of these communities.”
In addition to its donation to the SRBCC, Sueños announces donations to other Latin organizations dedicated to promoting cultural opportunities for young Latinos and Latinas and to preserving Latin American art.
Sueños donated $50,000 to Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, a Chicago-based nonprofit that advocates for social justice, education reform, healthcare, immigration reform and civic engagement. Through leadership training and coaching, Pilsen Neighbors empowers individuals to enact positive change for themselves, their families and their community. Sueños donated an additional $20,000 to the PNCC’s Latino Legal Institute, providing for the organization’s DACA & Immigration Summit 2023, which updated community members about the legal status of DACA in courts, and provided services and legal advice for those affected. Read more about the DACA Summit HERE, and more about the Latino Legal Fund HERE.
Returning for its second annual edition, Sueños is a Latin music festival located in Grant Park, in the heart of downtown Chicago. This year’s edition features performances from artists like Grupo Firme, Wisin Y Yandel, Nicky Jam, Feid, and more. Sueños 2023 hits Chicago this weekend, May 27th and May 28th. Buy passes and find more information about the festival at www.suenosmusicfestival.com
View photos from the SRBCC opening event HERE (credit photos to Christian Duran)
Read the article on Billboard: https://www.billboard.com/music/latin/suenos-music-festival-chicago-cultural-center-donation-1235340659/
Ampudia, Torres-Figueroa, and Kortright (Photo credit: Christian Duran)
Sueños co-founder Aaron Ampudia speaks at the Youth Media Center opening
(Photo credit: Christian Duran)