AAMA’s 2021 Annual Gala Recap

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AAMA’s 16th Annual Gala Celebrated Latino Luminaries who helped shape the Historical East End

The legacy of Houston Latino leaders was commemorated when the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA) celebrated its Illumine Celebration / Celebración de Iluminación on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Nearly 300 guests gathered at the George R. Brown Convention Center to recognize the contributions of AAMA’s founders as well as the legacy of the nonprofit organization over its first 50 years.

To date, AAMA has served over 300,000 individuals and has grown to work with almost 10,000 people each year to achieve financial security, well-being, and self-actualization. To date, $280,000 was raised despite the difficulties created by hosting this fundraising event during a global pandemic.

Houston Luminaries honored were Roland Laurenzo and Froilán Hernández, who have made significant contributions toward the betterment of the Latino community in Houston’s East End. The Illumine Celebration / Celebración de Iluminación was co-chaired by namesake sisters Alexandria and Leandra Hernández; honorary chairs were Sofia Adrogué and Christian Navarro. Alexandria and Leandra Hernández are the daughters of Froilan Hernández. Christian Navarro is the son of legacy founders Yolanda Black Navarro and William Navarro.

We greatly appreciate all who were able to attend our event, and the support of the Houston business community!


2021 Gala Photos