3rd Hispanic-Latino Heritage Gala

The Latin American Coalition of Charlotte is thrilled to share the highlights from our third annual Gala! This year’s theme was The Splendor of Southern Skies! This event was a resounding success, made possible by the incredible generosity and support of our community. Thanks to the enthusiastic participation in our silent auction, alongside generous donations and sponsorships, the money raised was used to help low-income individuals from the Hispanic/Latino community who lack resources. These funds are crucial for supporting our programs and initiatives aimed at uplifting and empowering the Latin community in Charlotte. 

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who attended the event. Your presence made the night truly special. We were honored to host several distinguished guests, including local leaders, business owners, and community advocates. This year’s Gala was extra special as it was held at a stunning new venue, with the theme of The Splendor of Southern Skies!  adding an extra layer of excitement to the evening. Looking ahead, we are excited to announce that our future Galas will embrace different cultural themes, bringing together the rich and diverse cultures of Latin American countries. We can’t wait to reveal the new countries that will be showcased at next year’s event! 

We are immensely grateful for the support and participation from everyone involved, and we eagerly anticipate seeing you all at next year’s Gala. We also extend an open invitation to new sponsors to join us in this vibrant celebration of Latin culture and community. Thank you once again for your unwavering support and for making our third annual Gala an unforgettable night. Together, we continue to make a difference. See you next year! 

With gratitude, 
The Latin American Coalition of Charlotte 


SAT. MAY 24Th, 2025


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 

the Splendor of Southern Skies!