LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

View Gallery
34 Photos
LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Albert and Sandra Cavazos, JoAnn Boone, Epitacio Resendez and Hunter Henke

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Alejandra Gonzales, Kelly Davis and Katie Boone

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Ambiance

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Ambiance

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Ambiance

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Ana Paula and Mark Watson

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Becky Reina and Carmen Tafolla

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Bill Myers and Alicia Guevera Meyers

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Brandi and Albert Milmo

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Branson Simmons and Brianna Kirk

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Bud and Pat Smothers

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Callie Redding, Cameron Redding and Ellie Leeper Morrison

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Carla and Richard Veliz

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Cuisine by Rosemary's Catering

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Cusine by Rosemary's Catering

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Drs. Harriett and Ricardo Romo

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Dya Campos and Margie Vera

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Frida Doll and Rebecca Medina

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Frida Dolls by Rebecca Medina

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

JoAnna and Gordon Weidman

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

John and Sabine Senft, Sandi Schnieder and Rick Liberto

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Jose Sanchez and Marissa Bono

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Kerry and Chris Quinn & Jordan Vexler Shannon

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Kye Kilpatrick Fox, Tracey Bennett and Rosemary Kowalski

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Laura and Pete Cortez

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Libby Morris, Jill Giles and Roxanna Blanchette

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Liz Morales, Marianna Lujan, Margie Vera and Linda Quesada

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Marcie and Ray Ince & Merri Longoria Gutierrez

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Maria-Eugenia Cossio-Ameduri and Dr. Ardow Ameduri

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Stephanie Davis and Sylvia Rodriguez

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Ramiro Salazar and Xitlalt Herrera-Salazar

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Rebecca Viagran, Tracey Bennett, James Mazuca, Elen Riojas Clark, Ph.D., Carmen Tafolla, Ramiro Salazar, Maria-Eugenia Cossio-Ameduri, Jordan Vexler Shannon and John Phillip Santos

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Robin Cross & Rosalind Miles

LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

Brenda and Tony Davila

San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s Catrina Ball

By Shannon Miller Turner                Photography by Greg Harrison

THE SCENE: The San Antonio Public Library Foundation’s inaugural Catrina Ball celebrated the long-anticipated opening of the Central Library’s Latino Collection and Resource Center (LCRC), a dynamic and inviting 6,000 square foot space devoted to Hispanic and Latino education programs. Guests were welcomed by Catrina Ball chair Kye Kilpatrick Fox and Latino Leadership for the Library’s event co-chairs, Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph. D. and James V. Mazuca.

La Catrina, Rosemary Kowalski and El Catrín, Pete Cortéz, were honored and recognized for their invaluable contributions to the San Antonio Library System including the $100,000 gift that La Familia Cortéz has pledged to the Latino Collection and Resource Center.

THE VIBE: The Día de los Muertos-themed gala began with Mariachi las Coronelas and Adelita Folklorico performance as guests entered the iconic Ricardo Legorreta-designed library, which was framed by a lit sculpture of the Mission Espada by artists Momo & Pompa. The first floor was transformed into an elegant moving fiesta, enticing the crowd to mix and mingle as guests were treated to music by Henry Brun, and specialty cocktails and gourmet versions of favorite Mexican street foods by Rosemary’s Catering.

After hors d’ourves of Flor de Calabaza, lobster and avocado corn cake, and chorizo and manchego croquettes, Rosemary’s Catering filled the Central Library with uniquely designed, traditional & modern Mexican food stations that included: a campechana station with citrus-marinated seafood presented in individual martini glasses, and street taco stations with fresh pressed mini tortillas and house-made salsas.

The attendees were dressed in dramatic costumes and brought mementos to place on the community altar anchored by a larger-than-life Catrina. The silent art auction with many works donated by Drs. Harriett and Ricardo Romo amplified the fundraiser’s success and highlighted local Latino artists. Performers adorned with large, elaborately decorated Frida Kahlo heads led partygoers through the areas of the LCRC.

Celebrations continued as Urban 15, in full calavera costume, paraded through the crowd leading everyone to the Disco de los Muertos after party where Judy deLeón and the Latin Connection had the dance floor packed until the end of the night.

THE CAUSE:  This year’s Catrina Ball raised essential funds for the Latino Collection and Resource Center’s future programming and outreach. Ramiro Salazar serves as the Director of the San Antonio Public Library System. The San Antonio Public Library Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to strengthen the library and its services to its community.