Noche Bella 2018: What a Beautiful Night!

Thank You for making Noche Bella 2018 a Success!

Nuestra comunidad, nuestra familia: Thank you for standing with Latino Network.

Last Friday, we celebrated the strength of our community at #NocheBella2018. Our goal is to transform communities, and last week is yet another example of how this transformation can happen when we come together in solidarity, resiliency and love.

Congratulations to our 2018 Aguila Honorees—Ramon Ramirez, Nichole June Maher and Mat dos Santos—and thank you for your leadership.

A huge thank you to our donors, staff, board of directors, volunteers, sponsors and vendors for your help in making our event truly special! We raised over $334,000 this year - this is the most we’ve ever raised at Noche Bella! From the bottom of our hearts we’d like to thank all of you - nuestra gente - for making this celebration possible. We now continue to build our power, our voice and our dream. ¡Vamos adelante! Thank you all for a truly beautiful night!

Our amazing Corazones Alegres youth dancers stole the show last Friday!

Our amazing Corazones Alegres youth dancers stole the show last Friday!

Don’t miss the opportunity to give!

“Latino Network helped me learn how to be more comfortable being me. They showed me how to move forward in a more positive way. And they’ve made a commitment to be there for me. This is what we need more of in the world.” –José

José was referred to our Community Healing Initiative (CHI) program a few years ago after finding himself in the juvenile justice system. CHI is designed to prevent and reduce violence and José was paired with Jesús, a Latino Network mentor and former CHI participant.

We have programs like CHI because of supporters like you who care about the future. Even if you didn’t get the chance to attend Noche Bella, there’s still a chance for you to be part of transforming the lives of youth like José.

Donate today to make the next generation of change possible:

Learn more about our annual gala here!

Take a look at our Facebook album!

Latino Network Night with the Blazers was a Success!

We had an amazing time last week at the Moda Center celebrating Latino Network Night with the Portland Trail Blazers. From the pre-reception in the Rose Room with the Hillsboro Youth Mariachi catered by Cha!Cha!Cha! to our Corazones Alegres youth dancers performing at halftime, October 26th was a night to remember.

A true highlight of the evening was that it was one of the few times that the Blazers starting lineup was announced en español! ¡Buen hecho Pepe Morosco!

We’d like to thank all of our staff, volunteers, and the Blazers Community Outreach team for making this event possible. Together we raised over $2,000 at the 50/50 raffle!

Enjoy some photos from the night and see our full album on Facebook.

Photography by Bruce Ely with the Trail Blazers

First Year of Ollin: Social Justice Film Series is a HUGE Success!

We would like to thank everyone who came and supported our first annual social justice film series at The Hollywood Theatre! The Pan’s Labyrinth, Salt of the Earth, and El Norte screenings and discussions were an incredible opportunity to share Latino stories with our communities, our partners, and our allies. We are always grateful to be able to connect with the community.

Together, we were able to raise $2,000 to support critical programs for our Latino youth and families!

The goal of this series was to connect people through a common passion and theme: Leadership and Social Justice. Thank you to all our speakers and moderators who helped facilitate rich discussions: Commissioner Nick Fish, Maria Elena Campisteguy, State Representative Diego Hernandez, Andrea Valderrama, Serena Cruz, and Joaquin Lopez.

From discussing sanctuary city policies with Commissioner Nick Fish and the resilience of Latino communities with State Representative Diego Hernandez, to the issues surrounding healthcare in minority communities with Former Commissioner Serena Cruz, Ollin Films helped attendees relate themes in art and film to current issues within our community in Portland.

Enjoy these photos from the last film in our series, El Norte, with a discussion led by our own Arts & Culture Manager Joaquin Lopez and Former County Commissioner and Executive Director of the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, Serena Cruz!

Thank you SO MUCH to the Hollywood Theatre for hosting this amazing series! We can’t wait to see you at Ollin Films next year in 2018!

Pan's Labyrinth - A Success!

What a successful night for Ollin: Social Justice Film Series!

Thank you to all who attended and supported this inspiring event. It was wonderful to see the movie theater almost sold out! We raised $1,600 last night, and ALL of it will go toward our advocacy efforts!

After we showed Pan's Labyrinth, Commissioner Nick Fish and Latino Board Chair Maria Elena Campisteguy led an enriching discussion about how everyone in the community can take action and fight for social justice. 

We look forward to the next two films and discussions in the series:

  • March 13th at 7:30 - Salt of the Earth (1954) - with a community discussion led by District 47 State Representative Diego Hernandez
  • April 13 at 7:30 - El Norte (1984) - with a community discussion led by Former Commissioner Serena Cruz

Check out some of the awesome moments from last night: 

(From left) Commissioner Nick Fish, Latino Network Board Chair Maria Elena Campisteguy, Latino Network Executive Director Carmen Rubio, Latino Network Arts & Culture Manager Joaquin Lopez, and Hollywood Theatre Executive Director Doug Whyte

Maria Elena Campisteguy and Nick Fish lead the discussion after Pan's Labyrinth. Topics of conversation included how we can pledge to take action, ways to stay involved in the community, and how we can work with our local government to ensure rights for everyone.

Arts & Culture Manager - and organizer of this event - Joaquin Lopez discusses how Pan's Labyrinth relates to our current political circumstances in the U.S.

Thank you to all who came!

Thank you to all who came!

Thank you to The Hollywood Theatre for hosting, and thank you to our featured discussion leaders! See you in March!

Happy Holidays from the Latino Network Family!

¡Felices Fiestas!

From our family to yours, we hope that you have a wonderful holiday full of love, giving, and laughter.

Latino Network has certainly been busy this holiday season trying to spread the cheer around. From our Juntos Aprendemos Posadas to our Holiday Staff Party, our family has started off the holiday season with plenty of great memories! 

Juntos Aprendemos Posada at Glenfair Elementary:

See our Facebook album for all of the photos!

Holiday Staff Party:

Some of our amazing staff members created a skit about Latino Network's mission for our staff party!



We Were Honored as Far West Regional Affiliate of the Year!

On July 26, 2016 at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) annual conference in Orlando, FL, Latino Network was recognized as Far West Regional Affiliate of the Year. 

The award is the one of the highest honors bestowed on an NCLR Affiliate for its exemplary work in serving its community and advancing the mission of NCLR. Latino Network was recognized at the Affiliate Leadership Breakfast during the conference. It also comes with a $5,000 cash prize. 

Latino Network has implemented several NCLR programs to increase educational opportunities for Latino youth including Escalera college preparation for high school students, CASA for middle school students, and Padres Compremtidos for parents. We also served more than 100 adults with English as a Second Language and immigrant integration classes through the Bienvenidos program.

This year, Latino Network’s Escalera program had a 100% graduation rate for its high school students at Madison,  Roosevelt, and Benson High  Schools in Portland Public Schools.  

“This award is a testament to the amazing talent and hard work of our staff members who dedicate themselves every day to working with the community,” Carmen Rubio, Executive director, said. “We are privileged to work with our community members and look forward to continuing to lift up the voices of youth and families in Oregon.” 

As an affiliate, Latino Network has been able to access funding, curricula, and expertise from NCLR and from other Latino-led organizations. The partnership has helped Latino Network expand its programs to serve more than 2,000 youth and families last year, and expand its staff to more than 80 permanent employees. 

NCLR is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. and works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Latino Network has been an affiliate since 2012.

Latino Network Featured in Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade

On Saturday, June 11, Latino Network was featured on the Rose Festival Foundation’s float. 

Youth and parents marched in the Grand Floral Parade. It was an honor to be one of the floats representing the Latino communities here in Oregon.

“It is such a moving experience to see yourself as a Latino or Latina and to see your culture represented in the Rose Festival, which is the quintessential Portland experience,” said Carmen Rubio, Executive Director. “It was an important moment for us as an organization, and we were proud to be able to represent our community members and culture.”

The float featured youth from our Ballet Folklorico and Zumba groups accompanied by local renowned mariachi singer Edna Vazquez y Mariachi de Oro.

The Ballet Folklorico program teaches youth ages 7-18 the traditional Mexican folkloric dances. The group is called Corazones Alegres, which means Joyful Hearts. They have performed at Noche Bella, at El Grito, and at the Cinco de Mayo Waterfront Festival. Parents from our family Zumba class also walked in the parade, led by instructor Gisella Contreras.

See photos below or check out our full album on Facebook.

Volunteer for Noche Bella Committee


Noche Bella is Latino Network’s annual fundraiser gala! It occurs each September and includes a cocktail reception, silent & live auction, three-course dinner, honoring a Latino/a leader with the Aguila Award for Excellence, and live band and dancing. The goal of the evening is to raise funds to support Latino Network’s programs for youth and adults in Multnomah County and Oregon, and to bring together our community to celebrate accomplishments. 


  • Work with other committee members to brainstorm silent & live auction items, and to procure silent & live auction items for the fundraiser
  • Assist with planning for decorations & entertainment at the event
  • Recruit volunteers for night-of activities
  • Help with other logistical event activities




  • Outgoing person who is comfortable calling businesses and/or individuals to request donations (with training/coaching)
  • Experience with galas as a planner or attendee
  • Interest in decorating & planning entertainment


  • None


Monthly committee meetings in the evening.