The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston (the “Institute”) held its annual gala kickoff party on Tuesday, May 23rd, at the prestigious CAM Studio in River Oaks. The event was unprecedented in its fundraising. Individuals and organizations donated a record $100,000 by the end of the evening.

Distinguished guests at the invitation-only event included prominent community and business leaders, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and art enthusiasts.

Uptown Catering provided the hors d’oeuvres while the musical talents of Marco Antonio Rivas and his saxophone set the tone for an elegant evening. The Don Julio Rosado tasting was a unique opportunity for the well-dressed crowd to sample the label’s newest signature tequila. Attendees marveled at Edgar Medina, a local artist who will be painting a one-of-a-kind work of art at the gala. The unique artwork will be featured during the live auction.

Gala chair, Leslie Warren, and co-chairs, Monica Amariz and Carmen Muñoz, expressed their gratitude for supporters of the gala. It is the Institute’s largest annual fundraising event and raises money to provide college scholarships for Houstonians aspiring to further their education. 

The impact that the scholarships have on the recipients was emphasized by Jhakees Napolitano, esteemed President of the Board of Directors. Mr. Napolitano also highlighted the Institute’s mission of promoting education as well as celebrating Hispanic culture and heritage in Houston.

The gala will take place on Saturday, September 23rd, 2023 in the Ballroom at Bayou Place in downtown Houston. Sponsorship options, underwriting opportunities, and individual tickets are currently available on the Institute’s website.

The Institute extends its heartfelt gratitude to Carla Muñoz, owner of CAM Studio, as well as her entire staff for hosting the elegant event in their showroom. It was an unforgettable evening! Many thanks to Metanoia Films Houston for capturing the kickoff party through their exceptional photography and videography