CCRGV Gala set for April 21

Event honors those who serve the most vulnerable in society

The Valley Catholic

Dora Brown, senior vice president of IBC Bank will be honored with the 2017 Hope Award by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley at the Seventh Annual Gala “Hope is in Bloom” on Friday, April 21.

The Hope Award recognizes those who serve the most vulnerable members of society.

The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. at Valencia Events Center, 3012 S. Jackson Road in McAllen.

Chief Manuel Padilla of U.S. Customs & Border Protection will be honored with the Cariño Award, which is given to those who provide exemplary service to the humanitarian respite center in McAllen.

The event will feature live entertainment by the Valley Symphony Orchestra, live and silent auctions and a hat contest. Attendees are encouraged to wear a hat, bonnet or fascinator.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, which provides assistance to more than 100,000 Valley residents each year. Programs include emergency assistance for the unemployed and infirm, disaster relief and recovery, the Summer Food program and assistance for families facing a crisis pregnancy.

Additionally, Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley has served more than 71,000 immigrants at the humanitarian respite center since June 2014.

For more information on the gala, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact Clara Dina Hinojosa via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone (956) 884-7801.

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