28th Annual Compañeros Awards Luncheon
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Georgia Aquarium

The Latin American Association’s Compañeros Awards Luncheon is an annual fundraising event that pays tribute to exceptional community leaders and showcases the mission of the LAA. In 2017, the Latin American Association is celebrating the 28th anniversary of the event.

At the Compañeros Awards Luncheon, top executives from Atlanta’€™s most renowned companies and community leaders join to recognize outstanding corporate partners, individuals and public service officials. Through a prominent keynote speaker and award recipients from the community the Latin American Association shares stories of hope and inspiration.


WHAT: 28th Annual Compañeros Awards Luncheon, a fundraiser where we honor exceptional individuals who are making meaningful contributions to advance the well-being of Latino families

WHO: More than 500 guests are expected to attend. U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate, is the keynote speaker.

WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 11 AM – 1:30 PM

WHERE: Georgia Aquarium, Ocean’s Ballroom, 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313



For more information, please call Gisella Cattaneo at 404.638.1815 or send an email to gcattaneo@thelaa.org

Click here to download the Compañeros one pager.

Become a Sponsor of Compañeros 2017

The Compañeros Awards Luncheon offers the perfect opportunity to greet, meet and network with corporate, civic and community leaders. Sponsorship of the Compañeros Awards Luncheon gives your company exposure in the Latino community while supporting the mission of the Latin American Association.




2017 Keynote Speaker

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Catherine Cortez Masto
United States Senator for Nevada

Before being elected to the U.S. Senate, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto has spent her career fighting to protect Nevada families. Cortez Masto served two terms as Nevada’s Attorney General, where she fought to combat drug crime, protect seniors, take on the big banks, and worked to strengthen laws preventing sex trafficking and violence against women. Prior to her service as Attorney General, Cortez Masto worked as an Assistant County Manager for Clark County. She also served as a federal criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. and was Chief of Staff to Governor Bob Miller. Cortez Masto currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband, Paul. 

In the 115th Congress, Cortez Masto will join six U.S. Senate Committees that will enable her to be a strong advocate for Nevadans: The Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation; the Committee on Rules and Administration; the Committee on Indian Affairs; and the Special Committee on Aging.


2017 Award Winners

2017 LAA Ambassador of the Year

Charles Kuck

2017 Olga C. de Goizueta Pacesetter Award

Kim Ellis Gökçe

2017 Corporate Champion


2017 Volunteer of the Year 

Beth Graham

2017 Inspiration Award

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