Laura, 100, is very proud of her Mexican American heritage. Her father was a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) that advocates for Hispanic civil rights in the United States.
At the age of 10, Laura learned how to play the piano and was very musically talented. She could play many songs by ear, such as the Spanish Flemencos. She was particularly fond of Mexican music because it was a part of her culture. Laura’s Wish was to have a Mariachi band, which she hadn’t heard in nearly 40 years, play at her community.
Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale Senior Living were able to grant Laura’s Wish and bring Mariachi Centella to her community so that she and her friends and family could enjoy the music together.
“They were a group of 7 members, wearing beautiful red outfits that looked like they came straight from Mexico!” said Mary Anne, Laura’s daughter. “There was a woman who was crying the first 10 minutes of the Mariachi performance… Although they can’t understand Spanish, the Mariachi singer was so expressive with his voice…” she said. Laura was able to share her love of Mexican music and culture with everyone in her community.