At a familiar encounter, full of solidarity, feelings, and hope, the first ever event for América Solidaria U.S. took place in Miami. The founder of América Solidaria, Benito Baranda; the U.S. Chairwoman, Kellie Meiman; and the Executive Director, Sebastián Villarreal were all in attendance. The event was there so all attendees could help put a stop to the millions of Americans who live in poverty today. “Today there are over 46 million people in the United States living in poverty who cannot keep waiting,” said Villarreal during the event. “The launch of América Solidaria’s U.S. office represents an innovative model for the Americas helping the Americas, with Latin American fellows working on projects in the United States and with United States citizens contributing to projects in Latin America,” said Kellie Meiman.
The event, “Miami: A Gateway to Help the Americas”, organized as part of the UN-established International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, brought together fifty invited guests, which included the consuls of countries where the foundation conducts its projects, headed by the Consul General of Chile in Miami, Luis Eduardo Salinas, local businessmen, representatives of binational chambers of commerce, and renowned faces from the media among which were Felipe Viel, Jorge Zabaleta, Alberto Plaza, Fernando Gonzalez, and Paola Elorza.
The event was supported and sponsored by Universidad Adolfo Ibañez’s Miami campus’ School of Business, LAN, Fundación Ena Craig de Luksic, Fundación Colunga, Fundación Imagen de Chile, Smart Solar, Viña San Pedro (EPICA), and the Chilean Consulate General in Miami.