With The University of Texas-Pan American Fieldhouse decked out in a New York City skyline and the sounds of two orchestras playing everything from salsa to disco, the Second Annual President's Alumni Ball Nov. 19 proved to be an unforgettable evening for those who attended.
This year's ball celebrated three distinguished alumni: Noe Hinojosa, vice chair and public finance manager of Estrada Hinojosa and Company, Inc.; Joseph F. Phillips, president and CEO of Tex-Best Travel Centers, Inc.; and Dr. Sylvia Hatton, executive director of the Region One Education Service Center.
Dr. Blandina Cárdenas, UTPA president, welcomed the attendees to the ball and thanked them for their support in higher education. She also introduced the three honorees of the evening.
"I am delighted to share this evening with you because it is a second year of what we hope will become a tradition that will solidify the bonds between this extraordinary group of people who have come to this University and who are contributing to the development of the Rio Grande Valley in every way," Cárdenas said.
Sponsors for the evening included: Platinum - Region One Education Service Center; Gold - AEP, city of Edinburg, CoSTEP, KB Homes, L & F Distributors, SPI Bike Fest, Texas State Bank, Tex-Best Travel Centers; and Bronze - city of McAllen, International Women's Board, Mr. and Mrs. Louis C. Draper, Rio Grande Surgical Associates, South Texas Health Systems, Willette & Guerra L.L.P., and Wells Fargo Bank.