Gala 2014

Congratulations to our 2014 LAEF Gala Award Winners!

 Sol Trujillo National Lifetime Leadership Award.
Dr. Stephen Jordan
President, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Dr. Jordan has become a key leader in higher education. He demonstrated this in 2012 when he worked with the MSU Denver Board of Trustees to approve a new non-resident tuition rate for undocumented high school/GED graduates. This leadership by the President and Board of Trustees was instrumental in the 2013 passage of the ASSET Bill by the Colorado General Assembly. Dr. Jordan is dedicated to ensuring that MSU Denver attains federal designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Currently, MSU Denver's Latino enrollment is 19.2 percent, well on the way to 25 percent by 2018. To learn more about Dr. Jordan, please click here.


Lola A. Salazar Student of the Year Award.

Dominic Martinez
Freshman, Colorado State University

Dominic is an extremely motivated young man who has faced so much adversity in his young life but has overcome, persevered and excelled. Dominic lost his mother to cancer when he was in 12th grade. This was his greatest struggle but, as Dominic says, "I became a better person. I am hardworking, passionate, and strong willed because of the teachings of my mother."  Dominic will pursue a double major in Biomedical Enginerring and Biological & Chemical Engineering. Dominic will receive a $3,000 scholarship for the next 4 years from LAEF.

Headline Entertainment

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy marked their 20th Anniversary arrival to the music scene last year.  The nine piece ensemble continues the party with their sounds of jazz, swing, and dixieland mixed with the energy and spirit of contemporary culture. They appeared in front of millons during the halftime show of the 1999 Super Bowl when the Broncos won their second consecutive Super Bowl! Take a tour with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy by clicking here.

Mistress of Ceremonies

Actress/Comedian and writer; Gina Brillon is a hit with crowds across the globe. The Bronx born Latina has no trouble connecting with her male or female fans with her raw honesty about everything from what it's like being an "Ethnic" to a brutal breakdown of the female mind. Brillon is a regular on the New York scene performing at Carolines Comedy Club, Laugh Factory, Stand up NY,The Comic Strip, and Gotham Comedy club. To learn more about Gina visit her website at: