One of the most exciting opportunities that I’ve encountered through my work with the Southwest Airlines Community Affairs and Grassroots Team was my super trip to Washington, DC that included an invitation to meet President and Mrs. Obama during the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House.
President and Mrs. Obama greet the group.
It was definitely a first for me. First time in the Blue Room; first time in the East Wing; and first time in the Rose Garden.
Christine (center) and the Folklorico Dancers
It was great to see so many other prominent leaders enjoying the evening and the magnificent outdoor setting that overlooks the lawn to the Washington Monument. Guests included Emilio Estefan, Aaron Williams with the Peace Corps , Congressmen Charles Gonzalez and Ben Ray Lujan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, to name a few.
Congressman Gonzalez and Secretary Solis (center)
It was an exciting and humbling feeling to be at this celebration. I was very grateful for the invitation that came from the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative of San Antonio, where I serve as board member of this nonprofit organization, which is dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence.
Christine and Patricia Castillo, Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative