The Downtown Aquarium was packed to the rafters for the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards evening that included not only a fab buffet feast and the sounds of Mango Punch but also the opportunity for serious networking among the city's Hispanic leadership and beyond.
Welcoming the 400-plus guests were Mayor Annise Parker and Greenburg Traurig's Roland Garcia, chairman of the mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board. Adding further star power to the evening were emcees Channel 13 KTRK newsman Erik Barajas and Univision 45's Rebecca Suárez.
Members of the Hispanic Advisory Board joining the festivities were co-chair Yolanda Black Navarro and event committee chairs Lauren Soliz and Lenora Sorola-Pohlman.
As part of the city's Hispanic Heritage Month recognition, Mayor Parker presented Sylvia Louise Gonzales with the Community Activist Award, Tony Diaz with the Art in the Community Award, Rick Cruz with the Education Award, Genry Santibanez with the Youth Activist Award and Janie and Frumencio Reyes with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
On hand to congratulate the honorees were County Attorney Vince Ryan, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston Independent School District trustee Juliet Stipeche, Sylvia Garcia, Paul Hobby, Greg Compean, District Court Judge Bob Schaffer, District Court Judge Josefina Rendon, Justice of the Peace Armando Rodriguez, Mexico Consul General Luis Malpica de Lamadrid, Felix Fraga, District Clerk Chris Daniel and City Council members Ed Gonzalez, Melissa Noriega, Jack Christie and James Rodriguez.