In 1970, Richard M. Nixon was president of the United States, the Beatles broke up and IBM introduces the floppy disk. In Houston, the Galleria opened, the city's population reached 1.2 million and a group of students, businessmen and teachers from Houston', East End banded together to address the educational and social needs among Mexican American youth. The organization they formed was the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans - AAMA.

Throughout its 35th year history, AAMA has helped thousands of youth and adults in Houston and other Texas cities to advance their dreams through innovative education, health and social service programs. Today, AAMA ranked as the tenth largest Hispanic non-profit agency in the country and serves more than 30,000 people each year. As the Hispanic population soars in Houston and across Texas, AAMA's vision, leadership and services are more important than ever.

We invite you to join us on Friday, October 14, 2005, at he Intercontinental Houston Hotel for a gala celebration of our 35 years of service. You will have an opportunity to honor the heroes who led us through our first decades, and to insure that AAMA will continue to work for the advancement of the Latino people for many years to come.

With great pleasure we announce that the heroes we will honor are Yolando Navarro, Dr. Luis Cano, Roland Laurenzo and Froilan Hernandez. It was their passion and commitment to helping people achieve their dreams that laid the cornerstone for what AAMA has become today, and we are deeply grateful for their efforts.

We also are pleased to announce Janet Murguia, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, as our keynote speaker. Prior to joining NCLR, Murguia was the Executive Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of Kansas. She has served as legislative counsel to former Kansas Congressman Jim Slattery, and as deputy assistant to President Clinton and deputy director of legislative affairs. Recently, Hispanic Business magazine named Murguia as a finalist for its 2005 "Woman of the Year Award."

Please join us as a member of our Honorary Gala Committee by purchasing a table. The response form you may download below outlines levels of participation. We look forward to seeing you and your guests on October 14, 2005!

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