Discovery and Exploration
The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston (IHCH) is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization, founded in 1965 by a group of Spaniards living in Houston interested in preserving, enhancing and promulgating the Hispanic culture and language inherited from Spain and Latin America.
The IHCH presents several events per year, the most well-known of which is the “Noche de las Américas” Gala. This Gala held in October, commemorates the creation of the Hispanic world through Columbus’ arrival in the new world. The proceeds from the gala are used to fund activities of the institute, including its cultural programs and scholarships.
This year the 51st “Noche de las Américas” Gala, is celebrating Discovery and Exploration and includes the traditional March of Padrinos carrying Latin American and Spanish flags. The March of Padrinos demonstrates the breadth and diversity of the Hispanic world. Sponsors and underwriters for the Gala are given the honor of filing in the flags which are then prominently displayed throughout the duration of the Gala.
Please, consider to attend the 51st “Noche de las Américas Gala”.
Reception & Cocktail | Silent Auction
Program Begins | March of Padrinos
Dinner & Live Entertainment with Angelucho’s Copacabana
Silent Auction ends
Dra. Rima de Vallbona
Dr. Rima de Vallbona is a Hispano-American writer, born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America. She is a Doctor Professor Emeritus, UST, Numerary of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE) and corresponding member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language Member. Dr. Rima de Vallbona has received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Costa Rica in 1962 and PhD in Modern Languages in Middlebury College at Vermont, USA, in 1981. She also earned a ‘Diploma of Professor of French Abroad ” in the Sorbonne, France in1953 and a “Diploma in Hispanic Studies” at the University of Salamanca, Spain in 1954.
Dr. Rima de Vallbona has numerous books as narrator as well as novels. Many of her stories have been published in literary and anthologies in Spain, Mexico, France, Uruguay, Italy, Venezuela, Germany, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, United States magazines in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and English.
Dr. Rima de Vallbona has received numerous awards and recognitions between them are the following: National Novel Prize “Achilles J. Echeverria” (1968) of Costa Rica; “Jorge Luis Borges’ tale (1977) of Argentina; “Agrippina Montes del Valle” novel (1978) of Colombia; “Prof. Lilia Ramos” Children’s Poetry (1978) of Uruguay; SCOLAS Literary Prize (Southwest Conference of Latin American Studies, USA) 1982. She was also awarded the medal of the civil service by His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain for its cultural work (1989). She has received the “Willie Velasquez – TV Channel 48”, an award of excellence for his “outstanding services to the Hispanic community” (1991). She received the recognition of excellence as a Hispanic woman, awarded by the Organization of Houston Hispanic leaders, “for significant contributions to the Hispanic Community” (1993).
The Institute of hispanic Culture of Houston is having its 51st “Noche de las Américas” Gala at The Junior league of Houston located at 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, Houston, TX 77027. Free covered parking is available in this location to the Gala attendants.
Tables for the Gala are available for the following prices:
Individual tickets: $250 | Tables of 10: $2500 | $3500 | $5000
Sponsorship Opportunities: $10,000 | $15,000 | $20,000 | $25,000 | $30,000
Please join us for an evening of fine dining celebrating Discovery and Exploration.
List of Sponsors will be available soon
The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on the generous contributions and support of individuals to fulfill its mission. We rely on individuals like you to continue offering numerous cultural programs and scholarships to in need and talented students.
2016 Silent Auction Catalog
2016 Silent Auction HighlightsCome to our Gala on October 7th to bid for these amazing international trips
Adventure in Argentina:Discover the elegance of Europe and the spirit of South America in beautiful Buenos Aires! You will visit the balcony where Evita begged the crowd, “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” and enjoy sumptuous dining overlooking the private Puerto Modern where 200 foot yachts are considered small.
South African Photo SafariFor wine connoisseurs and big game adventurers this 10 day photo safari to wild and wonderful South Africa is a “must” for everyone’s bucket list! From colonial Cape Town, to the beautiful vineyard estates of the Winelands, to thrilling photo safaris in legendary Kruger National Park, the two of you will find excitement and adventure at every turn!
Tropical Costa RicaThere is nothing like relaxing in the sun, taking a tram ride through the treetops in a verdant rainforest, seeing wildlife close up, and so much more on your Costa Rica escape.
Castles of IrelandFields of clover, legends of leprechauns, quaint pubs where playing darts is “serious” business, and living like Kings and Queens … all this will be yours while you stay in grand Castles and elegant Manor Homes during your magical eight-day escape to emerald green Ireland.
The Pleasures and Treasures of TuscanyFor food, fun and laughter, there’s no better place than Tuscany where, on your seven-day trip, the two of you will see incomparable treasures and art in Florence and learn to be spectacular chefs during your cooking class in an authentic Tuscan kitchen.
Spain – Costa del Sol4-Star Fun on the Mediterranean: When Europeans need to relax, they go to Costa del Sol, Europe’s sun-drenched Southern coast of Spain. Now you can rest and unwind or party till dawn if you wish in the clubs, restaurants and casinos that make this a favorite playground for royalty and movies stars alike.
Florida Fun for a Family of 4!Enjoy your family vacation of a lifetime in Orlando visiting Mickey Mouse, Harry Potter and all their friends at Disney and Universal theme parks! On this trip you’ll make memories to last forever!
San Francisco Wine CountryJet to the “City by the Bay” for an incredible escape to Northern California. You’ll explore the quaint streets of San Francisco and the rolling hills and romantic vineyards of the Napa Valley.
4 Star Isle of CapriWhat better way to renew romance than in the most romantic place on earth… the breathtaking Isle of Capri where you will spend one glorious week drinking in the beauty and glamour of the island surrounded by the sparkling crystal clear blue Mediterranean!
The Wine, Wonder and Romance of FranceThis exciting trip for two has it all… the excitement and beauty of Paris and the romantic chateaux and vineyards of the finest wine region of France!
Alaska – The Call of the WildSailing the Inside Passage, you’ll discover what life is like at the edge of our vast northern wilderness.
Begining of March of Padrinos
Bolivar Fraga and Nelly Moyano Fraga