“20 Years of Sharing Smiles – Salud to Love & Family”

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Familia Unida, a Los Angeles Based MS non-profit organization, celebrates 20 years of service with gala to raise awareness and funding for their year round programs.

Familia Unida Living with MS, e.g. “Familia Unida” will host its 20 years of Service Dinner Gala on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the Crystal Ballroom of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The Celebration theme “Salud to Love and Family” will benefit the nonprofit to support their monthly wheelchair wash and year long wellness programs for individuals and families living with multiple sclerosis and other disabilities.

“Familia Unida’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for those living with a disability through positive and meaningful interactions,” said Irma Resendez, Founder and Executive Director.

Familia Unida Living with MS was created 20 years ago by Irma Resendez after she learned of her diagnosis of MS and the urgent need to bridge resources and support that at the time were not available or accessible in Spanish. Familia Unida is recognized as the first ever bilingual MS organization in the United States history to outreach to the Spanish speaking MS community. Familia Unida has evolved and today serves over 15,000 individuals living with MS and a variety of disabilities. Gearing up to celebrate this monumental milestone of providing support and services for over two decades, Familia Unida invites you to spread awareness of their motto “You are not alone - No estas solo” and embrace your family and loved ones. The Dinner Gala is a wonderful way to celebrate 2 decades of service and raise funds to support their vital programs.

We are delighted and thrilled that JM Longoria who is featured in the newly released film “Miracles from Heaven", will be joining us. The characters in this inspiring movie help us to remember that there is hope which closely compliments the non-profit's mission.

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be invited to partake as the Masters of Ceremonies for the Familia Unida 20th Anniversary of Service Celebration. It gives me great pleasure to help celebrate the selfless acts of others that continuously share their love and commitment for the sole purpose of inspiring others while making a profound impact within our diverse community. I look forward to meeting these individuals and learning more about how we can continue to further support our brothers and sisters” said, JM Longoria.

Three incredible leaders making a profound positive difference will be Honored, beginning with David Saperia, M.D. for his passion to better serve his patients which has been his lifetime commitment while also bridging a wide range of medical expertise and holistic treatment simply because he cares to offer the best options. A Salute! To Elizabeth Espinosa, Emmy award winning television personality, special needs advocate and recently named by the “Hollywood Reporter” as one of Hollywood’s Most Powerful Latino Talent Under 40 in the entertainment industry.Bravo! to Ivan Estrella who will be recognized for being an outstanding example of courage, confidence and compassion through his musical talent that touches hearts and inspires us to pursue our dreams with positivity and love. Ivan is living with the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis since he was 13 and a visual impairment. Ivan expresses that this can be scary and unpredictable. “when I sing, I feel strong and my I am able to connect with others through my heart that doesn’t have to be seen”.

Ticket sales for Salud! To Love and Family Dinner Gala close Wednesday April 27 at 5:00pm PST and can be purchased online http://lovefamiliaunida.org/gala/ Donations are tax deductible. Make a positive difference today!

According to the MS Foundation, every day someone in the United States is diagnosed with MS, about 200 new cases are diagnosed each week. There are more than 400,000 people living with MS in the United States and about 2.5 million worldwide. "This does not include many who are not diagnosed or missed diagnosed due to language and cultural barriers.", said Familia Unida’s Founder, Irma Resendez. To learn more about Familia Unida, donate or volunteer please visit http://www.lovefamiliaunida.org or call 323.418.2667

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