The Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board kicked up its heels at the final board meeting of the year, a lively gathering that doubled as a holiday party. And what better location for a year-end celebration for this culturally-rich group than Maggie Rita's on Shepherd?
Mayor Annise Parker, board chairman Roland Garcia and board co-chair Yolanda Black Navarro held the spotlight at the event that was loaded with VIPs. Among them were former U.S. Ambassador to Spain Eduardo Aguirre, Texas Supreme Court Justice John Devine, Appeals Court Judge Jim Sharp, State Rep. Carol Alvarado and Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez.
The group saluted its efforts in 2012 of helping the mayor pass the city bond referendum and the parks referendum in the recent election. In honor of the mayor's support of the Hispanic community, Navarro presented Parker with Latino-themed history books from the collection of Arte Publico Press. It was an obviously pro-Parker crowd that cheered its approval when she told the gathering that she loved the city and loved serving Houston.
The night included a load of networking, a bit of munching (on quesadillas, flautas, vegetable trays, etc.) and dancing to the sounds of Bossa II's Maria and Jesus Lozano.
The 200 guests included District Court Judge Michael Gomez, former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, Metro board chairman Gilbert Garcia, newly-elected State Rep. Gene Wu and Miya Shay, Judge Barbara Hartle, Karen Garcia, Eric Andell, Felix Fraga and Sofia Adrogué.