OneAmerica's 2017 Annual Celebration

OneAmerica's 2017 Annual Celebration & Dinner

In 2017, OneAmerica celebrated sixteen years of building power in immigrant and refugee communities across Washington State.

For almost two decades, we have worked to ensure that immigrants and refugees have a seat at the table - or a microphone at a rally in the street - to help shape the policies that impact our communities. And on Friday, April 21st, our communities were on stage to describe the power and triumph of their struggle.

The reception began at 5:30 PM, and emcee Enrique Cerna kicked off the festivities at 6:30 PM. This year, we enjoyed the musical stylings of Ayron Jones, a Seattle artist who has long been active in the community.

Over 500 guests heard powerful, inspiring speeches from OneAmerica Executive Director Rich Stolz, Seattle City Council Member and past OneAmerica board president M. Lorena González, our founder, Representative Pramila Jayapal, and a keynote adress from Senator Maria Cantwell.

Community leader Lisette Llenera (pictured with her daughter) took the stage and spoke movingly to a rapt audience of her immigrant experience, the hopes and dreams she brought to America and the many ways she and her family have laid down roots and given back to the country that's become their new home. Her story brought to life in vivid color the values we all are fighting for.

Stay tuned for information on next year's celebration - you won't want to miss it! And make sure to check out some amazing photos of the event taken by the talented Jack Storms!

See you next year!

Robin Engle, OneAmerica Development Director

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