Sold Out 2024 Chavez Breakfast a Rousing Success

With a record 600-plus people filling the hotel ballroom to capacity, FIELD’s  8th Annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Breakfast brought the entire Kern County community together to honor the life and legacy of the labor icon on what would have been his 97th birthday. This year, six distinguished community leaders were honored, offering stirring tributes to FIELD, as well as to Cesar Chavez, who founded FIELD in 1978. The annual breakfast recognizes community leaders for their contribution to farmworkers and other underserved members of the Kern County community.

FIELD President and CEO David Villarino couldn’t have been more proud as he welcomed all assembled to honor a great labor leader who set the stage for empowering the underserved to be self-sufficient. This year’s record fundraising will go towards sheltering unhoused Chavez Corpsmembers as they go through training and learn skills to go on to a successful life.

The event’s keynote speaker this year was California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, who used education to rise from poverty and discrimination as an Afro-Latino orphan. Thurman was honored with the Cesar E. Chavez Opportunity Award. Also honored was former Senator Richard Polanco, who has spent his career fighting for the Latino and farmworker community, with the Chavez Legacy Award. Flor Martinez, the founder of Celebration Nation and a farmworker turned activist, received the Si Se Puede award.  

Magda Menendez of the Kern Chapter of MAOF, received the Chavez Lifetime Achievement Award, for a lifetime of service to the underserved Kern County community. Greg Bynum of Bynum and Associates Real Estate, received the Chaves Excellence Award. And  former farmworker turned physician Dr. Carlos Alvarez was recipient of the Chavez Innovation Award.

The event was covered by all the local media. You can read about them here and here.    

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees.  

For more photos of the event, click here.