International Superstar Fernando Allende to Appear in Concert at English In Action Benefit

Aspen, Colorimage1ado  (June 23, 2017) – Fernando Allende, the internationally renowned recording artist, visual artist, film and television star, will appear in concert in a benefit for English In Action, the Roaring Fork Valley’s premier nonprofit organization working to build cross-cultural bridges in our community. The reception and concert will take place Wednesday, July 12, 6:30 – 9:30 pm at Belly Up Aspen.

Aspen Peak Magazineand Gallery 1949 have teamed up to bring Fernando Allende back to the Roaring Fork Valley. The Latino superstar (and former Aspen resident) has starred in numerous Spanish-language films, in addition to enjoying a lengthy career in Hollywood. Mr. Allende will be accompanied onstage by Denver-based Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra. The evening promises to be both lively and romantic, with Mr. Allende’s repertoire including many beloved Mexican and Latin American ballads. All proceeds from the event go directly to English In Action’s programs in support of the Valley’s immigrant community. The evening includes a VIP reception and live auction from 6:30-8:00 pm, followed by a concert from 8:00-9:00 pm. Space is limited. Tickets may be purchased at Belly Up Aspen or 970-544-9800, ext.121.

Also in July, Gallery 1949 will feature Fernando Allende’s exuberant paintings, with artist receptions on July 5 and 11.

“We are thrilled to have an artist of Fernando Allende’s caliber to help showcase our efforts to extend a hand of friendship to adult immigrants eager to improve their English language skills in order to better their lives and the lives of their families,” said Lara Beaulieu, executive director of English in Action. “Fernando Allende is a passionate performer whose dynamic presence will transport us to another world.”

In addition to presenting sponsors Aspen Peak Magazine and Gallery 1949, this event is made possible by the following sponsors: Alpine Bank; Aspen Public Radio; Aspen Times; Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel; Reese Henry & Company; and Umbrella Incorporated. Live auction items include a 7-day, 6-night stay at Secrets Huatulco Resort and Spa in Mexico, a painting by Fernando Allende and two six-month memberships at the Aspen Club and Spa.

About Fernando Allende

Award-winning actor, performer, artist, and heartthrob Fernando Allende was born in Mexico City and has family roots in Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Spain. One of the most recognizable faces in Hispanic television and film, Mr. Allende is credited with being among the first actors of his generation to cross over from Latin America to Hollywood.  Allende became an instant sensation among Latin American audiences when he appeared as romantic hero, “Efraín”, in María (1972), a film version of Jorge Isaacs‘s classic novel.  He went on to share the screen with such Hollywood luminaries as Joanne Woodward, Tony Curtis, Angela Landsbury, Peter Ustinov, and many others. Fernando Allende has starred in more than 32 motion pictures and has appeared in TV shows such as Miami Vice, Flamingo Road and The Hitchhiker. Last year, Mr. Allende stared in the primetime global hit, Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse, which aired daily on Univision.

Mr. Allende has received numerous awards, including the ACE Lifetime Achievement Award New York (2015), Harlequin Lifetime Achievement Award (2015), and the Mexican Radio Association Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

Mr. Allende started singing mariachi in 1959, at the age of seven. He restarted his music career in 2001 and has recorded more than 250 songs, previously selling out two performances at the Wheeler Opera House. His painting career also took off in 2001, featuring a unique and vibrant style.

Mr. Allende—who also produces his own brand of Tequila—currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Mari. His youngest son, Adán—a talented singer as well—has been featured on Univision’s “La Banda.”

More at www.fernandoallende.net.

About English In Action

English In Action was founded 23 years ago to bridge the communication gap in the Roaring Fork Valley. Our mission is to strengthen the quality of life for everyone in our community by helping adult immigrants learn to read, write and speak English, and by building cross-cultural relationships. We do this through one-on-one and small group tutoring using volunteer tutors. As a result of these programs, our adult students are better able to obtain jobs, get medical help when their children are sick, support their kids in school, effectively manage their daily lives, and become more engaged members of our community. While learning English is the foundation of our tutoring program, English in Action is proud to report that our students and volunteer tutors often develop deep and enduring friendships. Breaking down cultural barriers is no small feat, but the benefits of nurturing a more integrated and harmonious community in which all members have a voice are immeasurable. More at www.englishinaction.org.

Fun in the Snow

This spring, two dozen tutors and students and their families joined English In Action staff for our 7th annual snowshoeing tour on the top of Aspen Mountain. Many of our students have worked in and around Aspen for years but had never been up the gondola. They were deeply impressed by the vast beauty of our valley, especially seen from this vantage point for the very first time.

At the top, the adventure began with heavy winds and cold Snow Kim & Itemperatures, but as the tour went on, the skies cleared and everyone enjoyed the views, gaining a new perspective of where we live. The ACES tour guides gave us an informative and fun tour in both Spanish and English, covering local history and ecology. Along the way, there was a lot of laughter. People made snow angels, had snowball fights and took advantage of the many photo opportunities.

After the tour, we had lunch at the Sundeck, giving tutoring pairs a chance to get to know each other better.  The ride down was blustery, and we made it to the bottom just moments before they closed the gondola due to high winds. Despite the weather, everyone had smiles on their faces as they exited, already talking about their next trip to the top of Aspen Mountain.

Thank you to Aspen Skiing Company for providing foot passes, to ACES for a fabulous tour, and to the Sundeck for the discounted lunch vouchers!

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Video: How English In Action Changes Lives

Watch this inspiring video about how English In Action has changed the life of student, Gloria Castillo as well as the life of her tutor, Lynn Nichols.

Without you, English In Action’s work would not be possible! Annually, we rely on the support of more than 300 individuals, grant makers and local businesses. Nearly half of our annual support comes from individuals, including many of our students, who sometimes struggle to make ends meet but deeply value the opportunities learning English offers them. View our other success stories.