Join the Society for Latino Alumni of Rice for a special evening on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, to celebrate 50 years of Latinx and Hispanic life at Rice and raise significant support for the next generation of student achievement and cultural enrichment.

Celebrating 50 Years

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The Raíces a Ramas (Roots to Branches) Gala is part of a yearlong celebration of Latinx and Hispanic life at Rice, marking 50 years since the establishment of the Rice Association of Mexican American Students (RAMAS). RAMAS, founded by Dr. Richard Tapia and 16 members in 1972, evolved to become the Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice (HACER) and served as the impetus and genesis for the five other Rice Latinx and Hispanic student organizations that exist today: the Latin American Graduate Student Association (LAGSA), the university’s chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), the Latin Business Student Association (LBSA), Mariachi Luna Llena, and Rice Salseros.

As we envision the next 50 years, we are pleased to launch the Raíces a Ramas Endowment to promote cultural programming as well as personal and leadership development that celebrates Latinx and Hispanic life. The Endowment will support initiatives, activities and events that further SOLAR’s missions.

Gala Leadership

Sofia Adrogué ’88, Honorary Chair
David D. Medina ’83. Honorary Co-Chair
Fernanda Pierre ’14, Chair & SOLAR President

A message from the Honorary Chairs

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Raíces a Ramas: Cincuenta Años Gala

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2022

6:00 p.m. VIP Reception • 7:00 p.m. Dinner
River Oaks Country Club

HONORING
Dr. Richard Tapia and The Tapia Center

Keynote Speaker Germaine Franco '84

WITH KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Germaine Franco ’84
Oscar nominee for best original score

View sponsorship opportunities and register by Oct. 10

REGISTER

If you cannot attend the event but would like to support the
Raíces a Ramas Endowment, please make your gift here.

Honorary Host Committee

Judy Ley Allen

Dr. José Aranda

Hon. Caroline Baker Hurley

Dr. Alexander X. Byrd

Dorothy Caram, Ed.D.

James Casey

Dr. Anne Chao

Jim Crownover

José Luis Cruz Jr.

Dr. Yvonne Romero Da Silva

Paula DesRoches

President Reginald DesRoches

Elizabeth Gillis

Susanne M. Glasscock

Sten Gustafson

Mikki Hebl

Robert T. Ladd

President Emeritus David W. Leebron

Ana María Martinez

Dr. W. Caleb McDaniel

Dr. Nicolás A. Medina

Hon. Annise Parker

Dean Peter Rodriguez

Juliet Stipeche

Y. Ping Sun

Dr. Richard A. Tapia

Bobby Tudor

Dr. Ruth N. López Turley

Geraldina Interiano Wise

Planning Committee

Leslie Barrera '13

Estevan Delgado '13

Ariana Engles ’20

Myrna Garza '16

Ricardo Mercado '10

Angelica Razo '16

Nella Garcia Urban '03

Student Organizations

SOLAR Student Organizations

SOLAR

Sponsorship Opportunities

CINCUENTA AÑOS BÚHO—$10,000
(Fair Market Value $2,150)
Priority dinner table for 10
Recognition in the event program
10 invitations to a VIP reception

EAGLE BÚHO—$5,000
(Fair Market Value $1,970)
Priority dinner table for 10
Recognition in the event program
4 invitations to a VIP reception

GREAT HORNED BÚHO — $2,500
(Fair Market Value $1,850)
Priority dinner table for 10
Recognition in the event program

GREAT GRAY BÚHO — $1,000
(Fair Market Value $430)
Priority dinner seating for 2
2 invitations to a VIP reception
Recognition in the event program

SNOWY BÚHO — $500
(Fair Market Value $215)
Priority dinner seating for 1
1 invitation to a VIP reception
Recognition in the event program

BÚHO — $250
(Fair Market Value $185)
1 standard dinner ticket

BUHITO — $185
Allows one student to attend the Gala
1 student dinner ticket

PLEASE REGISTER BY OCT. 10

If you cannot attend the event but would like to support the
Raíces a Ramas Endowment, please make your gift here.

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