Principal Veronica Nannis and Joseph Greenwald & Laake co-sponsored Ayuda’s 44th anniversary fundraising event to benefit low-income immigrants in the D.C. metro area. The event was held at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington D.C. Participants included former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Congressman Luis Gutierrez, C-SPAN’s Steve Scully and many other accomplished guests. The event featured a panel discussion on immigration and an awards reception. The event, titled “Celebrating Immigrant Lives,” took place on May 16th and was also attended by JGL’s Megan Benevento and Sarah Chu.
Ayuda is the Spanish word for “help,” and that is the mission of the organization. Ayuda provides immigrants with legal, social and language services in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. This is a cause that hits close to home for Veronica, who is the daughter of an immigrant, is proud of her Latina heritage and who wants to protect the path of opportunity of this country for all who seek it.