What: A Night In Rio
Where: Hilton Post Oak, Houston
When: February 17, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Beneficiary: Honoring Service King Collision Repair Centers
Mistress of Ceremonies: Michelle Merhar, Fox 26
Honoree(s): Service King Collision Repair Centers
Gala Chairperson(s): Pete Garcia, Robert McCeney, Gloria Luna Bounds
Executive Director: Jose Villarreal
Libations: Ketel One Vodka
Music: Mango Punch
Sponsors: CHEVRON, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Challenge Office Products, CenterPoint Energy, Greenberg Traurig, American Airlines, HCC, CHOICE! Energy, Longevity Realty Partners, Community Health Choice, Service King Collision Repair Centers, Ketel One Vodka and more.
Quote of the evening: "We want our families to reach new heights - and the Medina-Suarez family is a great example of what generous supporters like Service King enable us to do," said Jose Villarreal, AVANCE Executive Director.
Attire: Festive Cocktail Attire, Black Tie Optional
Event Coordinator: Monique Hernandez, Janet DeLeon
Board of Directors: Martha Rost, Chair; Gloria Luna Bounds, Vice Chair-Business Development; Sabrina Martinez, Vice Chair-Programs; Rob McCeney, Treasurer; Adrian Gorena, Secretary; Pete C. Garcia; Rudy R. Martinez; Robert A. Lampkin; Dwayne L. Mason; Tanya Easter; Donna Wheeler; Neale A. Shields; Tamara Gabriel; Ryan McCauley; Matt Neal; Leslie Wilson; Jose Villarreal, Executive Director.
Blacktie Photos by: AVANCE-Houston, Inc.
With a colorful and festive ambiance and decor, AVANCE celebrated A Night in Rio, a Brazilian inspired gala honoring Service King Collision Repair Centers and an exemplary Houston family.
Held at the Hilton Post Oak, the event was emceed by Fox 26 Traffic Authority Michelle Merhar, friend and supporter of AVANCE. Highlights included a samba performance, casino, dancing to live music by Mango Punch, silent auction, awards presentations and much more.
Service King President, Chris Abraham and Shyllo De La Cruz, Houston Region Manager, were presented with the Unlocking America's Potential award in recognition of the company's commitment and continued support of the AVANCE mission.
In addition, Julio Medina and Iris Suarez were presented with the Roy Barbosa Award for their hard work and dedication in ensuring a successful future for their family by participating in AVANCE programs since 2006, and applying gained knowledge to strengthen and guide their family.
"We want our families to reach new heights - and the Medina-Suarez family is a great example of what generous supporters like Service King enable us to do," said Jose Villarreal, AVANCE Executive Director.
Other special guests in the event included: Rice University Professor Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Consul General of Mexico Dr. Jose Luis Malpica y de la Madrid, President of the East End Chamber of Commerce Frances Castaneda, Reverend Tony Villatoro from Glorius Grace Church and others.
All funds raised in the celebration will help AVANCE families continue to succeed through the unique holistic approach of AVANCE's signature Parent-Child Program.
Events sponsors include: CHEVRON, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Challenge Office Products, CenterPoint Energy, Greenberg Traurig, American Airlines, HCC, CHOICE! Energy, Longevity Realty Partners, Community Health Choice and more.
The AVANCE mission: Unlocking America's potential to strengthen families in at-risk communities through effective parenting education and support programs. Visit www.avancehouston.org.