Local Tejano star Roberto Pulido performed before a large crowd Wednesday, May 16 at the Edinburg City Auditorium to raise funds for music scholarships at The University of Texas-Pan American, his alma mater.
"I thank the Lord I've been successful, and I think it's only proper to pay back the community and help out the students who want to pursue music and just help them out financially," Pulido said.
This was the third year Pulido sponsored the scholarship fundraiser to support the UTPA Department of Music. The goal was to raise more than $15,000 for scholarships.
"It is a great honor that he still feels a great love for his alma mater," said Dahlia Guerra, chair of the Department of Music. "I really admire him for taking the time out of his busy schedule to do this. He is really dedicated to helping students."
Guerra said scholarship recipients would be chosen based on musical qualifications and financial need.
Joining Pulido was the UTPA Mariachi, Happy the Comedian, Ruben Ramos and the Texas Revolution, and Alma Pulido. Joe Morales of KIWW served as master of ceremonies.
Pulido, also known as "El Primo," is a 1973 graduate of the UTPA Music Department. After teaching at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School for a short time, he established the Tejano band Roberto Pulido y Los Clasicos. He received his first Tejano Music Award for male vocalist in 1980 and is known as a pioneer who bridged the gap between Conjunto and Tejano music in the '70s.
"As long as I'm alive, I will continue to do this," Pulido said. "And I hope when I'm gone, my children will continue with the tradition."