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Celebration of Business Diversity 2016

Celebration of Business Diversity 2016

We invite you to join us for a spectacular celebration!

Celebration of Business Diversity 2016

Tuesday, June 21, 5:30-8pm
At The Paramount Theater

Charlottesville’s diverse business leaders will gather downtown for a networking reception, followed by a gala dinner and presentation of the annual Chuck Lewis Passion Award.

I’ll be there!
Chef Tony at a FABA event

Chef Tony Polanco

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Chuck Lewis Passion Award will go to our dear friend and longtime FABA community member Chef Tony Polanco of Chef Tony Catering!

Chef Tony’s popular omelette stand at the Charlottesville City Market has helped his catering business grow by leaps and bounds, as customers experience his signature blend of delicious multicultural flavors and high quality service.

But only ten years ago, Chef Tony was learning a hard lesson as the owner of a failing restaurant. “I had that business without any plan,” he says. “It was a good teaching experience of what not to do.” Read Tony’s story here…

Chuck Lewis

Chuck Lewis

Renowned local businessman Chuck Lewis III perceived adversity as a challenge to find solutions and always treated people and their ideas with dignity and respect.

The Chuck Lewis Passion Award is bestowed in his honor, to pass on his legacy by celebrating entrepreneurs who overcome obstacles and achieve success.

Join us on June 21 at The Paramount Theater

Lily Garay

Lily Garay

Cultural Spotlight – Singer-songwriter Lily Garay shares her soulful, inspiring original songs. Rooted in authenticity and hope, her music will fly you to places you dream about. You’ll find her running through the streets of the world with her music, writing, and inspirational speaking. A vibrant 19 year old, Lily grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia – tucked away in the beautiful crevices of the Blue Ridge mountains – and surrounded by free flowing, yet powerful artistry.

The historic Paramount Theater is located on the Downtown Mall at 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Street parking is available nearby, in addition to garage parking on Market St. and Water St.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Register online to reserve your spot at Celebration of Business Diversity today!

Early registration (ends June 7): $25
Regular registration: $30
FABA Members: $20

Register Now

Mil gracias to our 2016 Event Sponsor – The University of Virginia Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity


We appreciate the support of our contributing partners for this year’s gala: Community Investment Collaborative – Empowering Small Business for Big Change, The Tax Ladies – Bookkeeping & Tax Preparation, and Albemarle County Economic Development – Growing Ideas & Opportunities.

FABA is a culturally diverse business alliance where professionals, business leaders and organizations can share ideas, provide education and build relationships. Together, we’ll learn from each other, expand our network base, promote our services, and support our local economy.

Forward/Adelante Business Alliance connects you face-to-face with Central Virginia’s diverse & Hispanic business leaders, entrepreneurs, and professionals. Our Signature Events bridge cultural boundaries and let you become central to the conversations taking place.

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