NEW HAVEN, CT -- The Progreso Latino Fund's 2017 Forum “The Latino Experience: Living in Two Worlds” with comedian Elizardi Castro was everything we thought it would be – and more.
The event featured a unique performance by Elizardi Castro, comedian and former criminal defense attorney. Elizardi combined his Puerto Rican heritage with American culture to create a Spanglish one-man show,"Made in Puerto Rico."
Elizardi shared his life journey, in which he tackles the human story of growing up in two different worlds with one foot in a home culture that was different from the dominant narrative around him. His performance, a fabulously entertaining take on the richness of our shared Latino culture, was enjoyed by nearly 200 guests. The performance lifted both voices and hearts as stories of families were reflected on stage with love and humor. Live music, dancing and a complimentary reception followed.
More than $8,000 was raised in one night to support vital relief efforts following the devastating earthquake that befell Mexico and Hurricane Maria that hit Puerto Rico in September 2017. The Fund is now working with New Haven City officials to respond to the needs of families who have come to New Haven from Puerto Rico and Mexico as a result of the natural disasters.
Please visit the photo gallery for a view of the evening. And listen to an interview with Elizardi to hear about his personal journey and the opportunities and challenges he thinks face the Latino community today.
Progreso Latino Fund Advisory Committee members pose with Elizardi Castro (L-R): Jorge Jimenez, Yadira Ijeh, Tara Davila, Elizardi Castro, Raquel Santiago-Martinez, Fernando Muñiz, Chair, John Padilla (missing from photo: Yolanda Caldera-Durant)