Servicios de La Raza Hosts Second Annual Gala

Servicios Extends Message to Provide and Advocate for Comprehensive, Culturally Relevant Human Services

Servicios de La Raza held the Second Annual Raíces Latinas: The Roots of Our Community Gala on Saturday, April 5th for dedicated staff, friends and supporters. The gala, which was held at the Double Tree Hilton Grand Ballroom in Denver honored community members making a difference. Over 600 people gathered to celebrate five honorees and their commitment to service: Anne Smith, Eugene Lucero, Dr. Luis Torres, Mile High United Way and Grupo Tlaloc. To learn more about the awardees, please visit

During the event, Rudy Gonzales, Executive Director, highlighted the wide range of comprehensive services offered, including: mental health counseling, a food and clothing bank, domestic violence victim advocacy, case management for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS, vocational and educational empowerment of youth, and healthcare coverage. Over $40,000 was raised for Servicios de La Raza, a 42 year old community based organization which provides and advocates for culturally responsive essential human services.

The Second Annual Raíces Latinas: The Roots of Our Community Gala was a great opportunity for community members to learn what Servicios de La Raza has done and has to offer. “I am grateful for the leadership Rudy exemplifies, and truly honored to be a part of this organization that assists people in overcoming the range of problems that result from a lack of resources and perpetuates the cycle of poverty,” said Michael Sawaya, President of the Board for Servicios de La Raza and Principal at The Sawaya Law Firm.

Servicios de La Raza anticipates moving to a new location in 2014. The new space will allow Servicios to continue to expand and better serve the community. To learn more about this incredible organization please visit


Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.