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New Haven and Hartford put their heads together in a quest to “reinvent Latino philanhtropy” in Connecticut and continue to help grassroots community helpers like Luz Gonzales (second from right in photo).

Tuesday evening was the first time that New Haven’s Progreso Latino Fund (PLF) and Hartford’s Latino Endowment Fund collaborated on an event. Billed as “Latinos in Philanthropy: A Community’s Coming of Age,” the forum drew more than 200 people to a reception at the Knights of Columbus Museum. The turnout and its range thrilled Frances Padilla (second from left in the photo), one of the founders of the PLF.

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