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2022 Lady in Red "Madrinas"


Pictured front row left to right: Ileana Moreno, Justice Dori Contreras, Della Perez Rodriguez, Sarah Hammond, Marie Salazar Garcia, Cynthia Sakulenzki, Cris Solis Wilson, Dina Sabini, Heather Segovia, Brenda Gomez, Laura Warren, Second row: Clabelia Kelly Solis, Adelita Figuroa Munoz, Dr. Esmeralda Adame, Velma De Loen, Marty Ethridge, Sabrina Walker Hernandez, Diana Garza Farias, Dr. Norma Villanueva, Dr. Minerva Diaz, Edna Garcia, Cynthia Rivas, Illiana Villalobos, Norma Guevara, Third Row: Mia Diaz, Laura Flores, Justice Nora Longoria, Marty Ethridge, Veronica Gonzalez, Cynthia Gutierrez, Lucia Leo, Karina Lopez, Ronnie Ontiveros, Ana D. Gonzalez, Mary Lou Vincencio, Patty Lerma (Not Pictured – Annette Diaz Franz, Deborah Cordova, Elena Rashid, Commissioner Ellie Torres, Jessica M. Maldonado, Leah Wise, Maria D. Cavazos, Monica De La Cruz, Perla Tamez, Rhonda Ramirez Salinas and Sharon Almaguer


HWNT-RGV Thanks Lady In Red “Madrinas”, Sponsors and Community for a Successful 2nd Annual Lady In Red Scholarship Gala

Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT) RGV Chapter “Lady in Red Scholarship Gala” was created for the women of the Rio Grande Valley who want to give back to the next generation of Latina leaders in a fun and unique way. The proceeds from this event support the financial foundation of the Latinas in Progress (LIP) Scholarship program.


Event organizers say the event was a huge success, led by the Lady in Red Committee. HWNT thanks everyone that in anyway contributed and supported them in their endeavors, including all private donations, in-kind donations and volunteers who made it possible for HWNT-RGV to continue their mission. Special Thanks to the Title Sponsor - Atlas Electrical and Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Plumbing. Passion Partners (Table Sponsors) - Pharr EDC, Monica De La Cruz for Congress, CSH Business Consulting, Radisson, Memorial Funeral Home, AT&T, Southwest Key Programs, HEB, Blo Bar Gardenia, St. Michael’s Ambulance Service, My Grace Properties LLC, FEMCITY RGV, Vantage Bank, Olivia Lucio & Friends, Green Insurance Group, Villalobos Law Firm, Navi Business Group, Chief Justice Dori Contreras, TWG Architects, Diana Garza-Farias Family & Friends and Gonzalez & Associates Law Firm. Pay It Forward Sponsors – R.G. Vita Infusions, Diana Garza Farias and (mission 1 more). Madrina Sponsors – Justice Leticia Hinojosa, Latina Empire and Pharr Economic Development. Photobooth Sponsor – 360 CAMGLAM.


The Ladies in Red are innovators and advocates on issues relating to women. These women exhibit a commitment and passion to community and public service. The 2022 Ladies in Red are supportive of the HWNT mission and exhibit the qualities of advocacy, education, professional development and philanthropy.


Each Lady in Red “Madrina” has invested in the future generation of Latina leaders by making a monetary donation (pledge) of $1,000 for the 2021-2022 school year. Each Lady in Red “Madrina” was recognized at the 2nd Annual Lady in Red Scholarship Gala on April 7, 2022 at the Regency Galeria Event Center. The ladies wore their favorite Red Gown or Red outfit and participated in a Lighting Ceremony and Passion Show.


More than 300 people attended the event, which featured a dinner, entertainment, passion show and candle lighting ceremony, including a performance from Litza Salinas, principal ballerina with the Paloma Limas Dance Company. HWNT-RGV Membership Chair Renee Sanchez Leal was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event. Board Member Iliana Villalobos gave the invocation.


The Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas (HWNT) is a statewide non-profit organization with individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to promoting the participation of women in public, corporate and civic arenas. HWNT seeks to advance the educational, cultural, social, legal and economic well-being of all women through a broader awareness of their role in society, business and family. HWNT is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is the premier Hispanic women's organization in Texas.


Collaboration and helping other women is the key to HWNT success. Since its inception, HWNT members have come together to sponsor programs designed to cultivate the social, cultural, legal and educational interests of Hispanic women. HWNT has sponsored and supported such activities as educational/mentoring programs; Women's Rights to Vote Celebration, Hispanic Summit and Emerging Leaders Conference, HWNT's State Conference, and inter-generational programs and achievement awards and ceremonies. For more information, contact HWNT at 956-524-2014.

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