Chicano Federation of San Diego County Raises $275,000 at 50th Anniversary Ball, Honors Community Advocates

SAN DIEGO – MAY 22, 2019 – More than 485 guests celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Chicano Federation of San Diego County on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego. The event paid homage to the Federation’s historical advocacy wins and recognized San Diego residents Irma Castro (Chicano Federation Legacy Award) and Delia H. Talamantez (Chicano Federation Visionary Award) for their exemplary leadership. Nationally recognized civil rights attorney Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) served as the event keynote speaker.

Civil rights advocates established the Chicano Federation in 1969 to tackle some of the most important social issues facing the Chicano community. Fifty years later, the organization continues to evolve by investing in underserved communities through programs that promote self-sufficiency.

“Our 50th Anniversary Ball exceeded our expectations,” says Nancy Maldonado, CEO, Chicano Federation of San Diego County. “We celebrated the Federation’s monumental achievements and honored two remarkable women who have blazed trails as activists, paving the way for equal rights and access for thousands. The funds we raised, will help us immensely as we look forward to the next 50 years of providing vital housing, nutrition, education, and child care services to San Diegans in need.”

The Chicano Federation’s 50th Anniversary Ball is the agency’s largest fundraiser of the year and is made possible through the generous support of signature sponsor, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and premier sponsor, Southwest Airlines. Danitza Villanueva, publisher of Giving Back Magazine, served as mistress of ceremonies. To support and learn more about the Federation’s work, visit


The Chicano Federation was established in 1969 to provide a variety of comprehensive, neighborhood-based services to underserved youth, families and seniors across San Diego County. In its early years, the Chicano Federation was led by a tireless group of advocates dedicated to seeing advances in civil rights and civic participation. Today, those strong roots empower the Chicano Federation to serve diverse populations throughout San Diego County with programs that help low-income children and families access vital and often life-changing services and obtain affordable housing. The nonprofit serves more than 8,000 individuals each year. For more information, please visit or call (619) 285-5600. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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