The Chicano Federation of San Diego County celebrated its 50th anniversary with a grand gala that brought in $275,000 for the nonprofit advocacy group. Roughly 485 guests attended the extravaganza at the U.S. Grant May 11, and two community leaders, Irma Castro and Delia H. Talamantez, were recognized for their work.

“We celebrated the Federation’s monumental achievements and honored two remarkable women who have blazed trails as activists, paving the way for equal rights and access for thousands,” said CEO Nancy Maldonado. “The funds we raised will help us immensely as we look forward to the next 50 years of providing vital housing, nutrition, education, and child care services to San Diegans in need.”