Media Advisory

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to Officially Open 2018 UnidosUS National Latino Family Expo®

Dora, PBS’s Super Whyatt and the GEICO Gecko among other popular costumed characters will welcome DC families to Expo

July 3, 2018 

WASHINGTON, DC—On Saturday, July 7, UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía, will join community leaders, Affiliates and popular children’s characters including Dora the Explorer, the GEICO Gecko and PBS’s Super Whyatt at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the 2018 National Latino Family Expo® the nation’s largest Latino family and consumer expo in the country. The Expo, which runs concurrently with the 2018 UnidosUS Annual Conference, will offer attendees a fun and informative weekend experience filled with entertainment, free giveaways and complimentary health services. UPS is the official Title Sponsor of the 2018 UnidosUS National Latino Family Expo.

This year’s event will feature five pavilions with more than 125 exhibitors offering a host of resources and services for all family members to enjoy, including free check-ups and dental screenings; back-to-school giveaways and story sessions; cutting-edge car displays and dance lessons. Enjoy live performances by artists like popular Latino children’s group from Puerto Rico Atención, Atención, Grammy Award winner Leonel Garcia of Sin Bandera, Making Movies, Mariachi Flor de Tolache, Boris Silva, and more at this year’s event.

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will play host to this year’s Expo which will run through Sunday, July 8.


WHO:Janet Murguía, UnidosUS President and CEO
Dora the Explorer, PBS’s Super Whyatt and the GEICO Gecko
Community leaders and UnidosUS Affiliates 
WHAT:Ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 2018 UnidosUS National Latino Family Expo
WHEN:Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 
Saturday, July 7, 10:30 a.m.
2018 National Latino Family Expo
Saturday and Sunday, July 7–8, 2018, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.  
WHERE:Walter E. Washington Convention Center 
Exhibit Hall D Entrance 
801 Mt Vernon Place NW
Washington, DC 20001 


For more information, please contact Gabriela Gomez at Follow the conversation about the 2018 Annual Conference on Twitter at #UnidosUS18.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.