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Celebration of Business Diversity 2017

Celebration of Business Diversity 2017

Forward/Adelante Business Alliance Presents

Celebration of Business Diversity

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
At the historic Paramount Theater

I’ll be there!
We invite you to join us for a spectacular celebration in downtown Charlottesville! Forward/Adelante Business Alliance will present the 6th annual Chuck Lewis Passion Award to Joe Finazzo of Sal’s Caffe Italia at our biggest event of the year.

Seating is limited. Reserve your ticket today!

Join Hispanic and diverse local business leaders to network and enjoy great food and music while we celebrate business diversity.

Networking and Dinner

Filipino fare by Little Manila Catering

Filipino fare by Little Manila Catering

The evening begins with a networking reception in the lobby of the Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall. Enjoy Filipino appetizers like eggroll and lumpia prepared by Little Manila Catering.

Then, the party moves to the gorgeous Paramount stage for a full Filipino feast including a meal of chicken adobo, embutido, and pancit, complete with drinks.

Latin Guitar Performance

Latin guitar duo Miles Pearce & Berto Sales

Latin guitar duo Miles Pearce & Berto Sales

You’ll be thrilled by this year’s Cultural Spotlight featuring Latin guitar duo Miles Pearce and Berto Sales. These virtuoso players heat up the stage with their exciting performances of music from Cuba, Spain, Brazil, and more.


6th Annual Chuck Lewis Passion Award

Joe Finazzo of Sal's Caffe Italia

Joe Finazzo of Sal’s Caffe Italia

This year’s award will be presented to Joe Finazzo and family, owners of Sal’s Caffe Italia on the Downtown Mall. Sal’s Caffe Italia was one of the first full service restaurants on Charlottesville’s downtown mall. They have served authentic Italian and Sicilian food there since 1985.

Join us on June 21 to congratulate the Finazzo family

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.

Mil Gracias to Our Sponsors

We are grateful for the support of this year’s Chuck Lewis Passion Award gala sponsors.

UVA Office for Diversity and Equity

UVA Office for Diversity and Equity

Charlottesville Office of Economic Development

Wells Fargo

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.

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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