April 1, 2017
6:30 - 10:00pm
Highland Park Ebell club
131 S. Ave. 57
Thanks to all those who made our Fundraiser Dinner a roaring success!
Héctor Tobar, the award-winning journalist and best-selling author whose distinguished body of work has often sought and found common ground between North American and Latino cultures.
The Lummis Day Community Foundation’s annual fundraiser and auction takes place Saturday, April 1, 6:30 pm-10:00 pm at the Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 South Avenue 57 in Highland Park.
As always, the April 1 fundraiser will feature a buffet dinner provided by many of Northeast L.A.’s favorite restaurants, beer, wine and soft drinks. A silent auction will offer the chance to bid on art, books, vintage wines and rare collectibles at bargain prices. Event tickets, priced at $50, are available here on the Lummis Day website, at Galco’s Old World Grocery and Las Cazuelas in Highland Park and at Antigua Coffee in Cypress Park. Dinner, beer, wine and soft drinks are included with admission. All proceeds from the event support the Lummis Day Festival, the only arts festival that represents all of Northeast L.A.
The selection of Héctor Tobar as this year’s honoree takes on special meaning at a time when American journalism has come under attack. Héctor Tobar’s work personifies the kind of truth-telling journalism that many of us consider essential to the preservation of our democratic values.
The child of Guatemalan immigrants, Héctor is a best-selling author and a New York Times contributing op-ed writer. Over his long career he has written stories for The New Yorker, the LA Weekly, and many pieces at the Los Angeles Times, where he has held positions as Metro columnist, book critic, national Latino affairs correspondent and bureau chief in Mexico City and Buenos Aires. Héctor contributed to the Los Angeles Times’ Pulitzer Prize–winning coverage of the Los Angeles riots of 1992. His books include the novels “The Barbarian Nurseries,” and “The Tattooed Soldier” and the non-fiction works, “Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States,” and the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free.” The latter book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was adapted as the major motion picture, “The 33.”
Héctor Tobar has been an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University and Pomona College and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Oregon's school of journalism and communication. He is a native of Los Angeles, a resident of Mt. Washington and took part in the 2012 Lummis Day Festival, where he read from his work at the annual poetry gala.
The “Noisemaker Award,” named for the famous entertainments hosted by Charles Lummis for writers, artists and dignitaries at his Northeast L.A. home, is presented to a person whose work and contributions to the community are consistent with the mission of the Lummis Day Community Foundation, “to celebrate the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles through educational and cultural events and to promote cooperation among people of all ages and backgrounds.” Previous honorees were former councilmember Ed Reyes, playwright, filmmaker and actor Richard Montoya and longtime neighborhood activist Ann Walnum.