3rd Hispanic-Latino Heritage Gala

Welcome to the Splendor of Southern Skies! 

We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt invitation to the third gala of the Latin American coalition. This year, we shine a spotlight on the Southern Cone, celebrating not only its breathtaking landscapes but also the warmth and beauty of its people from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. 

As fellow Latinos, we cherish the bonds that unite us and revel in the diversity of our shared experiences. Join us for an unforgettable night of celebration, unity, and empowerment at the 3rd HISPANIC–LATINO HERITAGE GALA, a fundraising event dedicated to supporting the vital work of the Immigrant Legal Center (ILC) of the Latin American Coalition. 

Our gala theme, inspired by the purity of the Southern Cone skies, invites you to witness the breathtaking spectacle of the Milky Way, the vivid hues of sunset, and the luminous starlit nights. It’s a celebration of the celestial beauty that unites our region. 


FRI. MAY 24Th, 2024


5:30 PM TO 10:00 PM 


Awards 2024

Recognize and honor individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitment to immigrant rights, highlighting the Latino culture in the Queen City, and furthering the mission of the Latin American Coalition. 

Olga Parra

Hispanic Activist

Daniel Arredondo

Founder of Passion For Tango School

Ligia Cadena

Community leader

Rafael Prieto

Journalist and

Cultural Activist

Jesús Rendon

Charlotte  Mecklenburg Police Department

Michael Marsicano

Former President Foundation For The Carolinas.

Tagny Díaz

Atrium Health

Legacy/Legado Award

In recognition of his/her long trajectory of service and contribution to La Coalición 

Con A de Arte Award

Individual or organization who has supported or contributed to promoting Latinamerican Art in our state.

Advocate/Volunteer of the Year Award

In recognition of his/her advocacy, volunteering efforts.

Cultural Heritage Award

In recognition of his/her contribution to the Coalición’s effort of promoting/celebrating/main aining our cultural heritage 

Supporting Community Partner Award

In recognition of a community-based organization that supports LAC’s programs and services

Supporting Foundation or Individual Award

In recogniton to Philanthropic efforts of a foundation or individual in support of LAC

Corporate Leadership Award

In recognition of a corporation or individual for his/her track record of lsupport of our community development. 






Media Partner

If you are interested in purchasing tables or exploring sponsorship opportunities, please feel free to contact: 

Elio J. Gonzalez, Events Director 

Email: eventsdirector@mylac.org

Previous Awards

Legacy Award

James “Jim” Bazan  

Cultural Heritage Award

Anthony “Tony” Arreaza 

Con A de Arte Award

Michelle Shaul 

Volunteer/Advocate Award

Liliana Molina 

Corporate Leadership Award

Grace Nystrum/Bank of America 


Legacy Award

Omar Jorge Peña, Compare Foods 

Posthumous Legacy Award

Olma Echeverri 

Heritage Award

Lucila Ruvalcaba 

Advocate Award

Astrid Chirinos from the YMCA 

Supporting Foundation Award

Lariza Garzon/Hispanic Federation  

Corporate Partner Award

Amber Morris/PNC Bank 

Recap 2023