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Discovery and Exploration

The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston (IHCH) is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization, founded in 1965 by a group of Spaniards living in Houston interested in preserving, enhancing and promulgating the Hispanic culture and language inherited from Spain and Latin America. 

The IHCH presents several events per year, the most well-known of which is the “Noche de las Américas” Gala. This Gala held in October, commemorates the creation of the Hispanic world through Columbus’ arrival in the new world. The proceeds from the gala are used to fund activities of the institute, including its cultural programs and scholarships. 

This year the 51st “Noche de las Américas” Gala, is celebrating Discovery and Exploration and includes the traditional March of Padrinos carrying Latin American and Spanish flags. The March of Padrinos demonstrates the breadth and diversity of the Hispanic world. Sponsors and underwriters for the Gala are given the honor of filing in the flags which are then prominently displayed throughout the duration of the Gala.

Please, consider to attend the 51st “Noche de las Américas Gala”.

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Angelucho’s Copacabana

6:30 PM
Reception & Cocktail | Silent Auction

8:00 PM
Program Begins | March of Padrinos

8:30 PM
Dinner & Live Entertainment with
Angelucho’s Copacabana

10:00 PM
Silent Auction ends

11:00 PM
Program ends

Dr. Rima de Vallbona

Dra. Rima de Vallbona

Dr. Rima de Vallbona is a Hispano-American writer, born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Central America. She is a Doctor Professor Emeritus, UST, Numerary of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language (ANLE) and corresponding member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language Member. Dr. Rima de Vallbona has received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Costa Rica in 1962 and PhD in Modern Languages in Middlebury College at Vermont, USA, in 1981. She also earned a ‘Diploma of Professor of French Abroad ” in the Sorbonne, France in1953 and a “Diploma in Hispanic Studies” at the University of Salamanca, Spain in 1954.

Dr. Rima de Vallbona has numerous books as narrator as well as novels. Many of her stories have been published in literary and anthologies in Spain, Mexico, France, Uruguay, Italy, Venezuela, Germany, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, United States magazines in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and English.

Dr. Rima de Vallbona has received numerous awards and recognitions between them are the following: National Novel Prize “Achilles J. Echeverria” (1968) of Costa Rica; “Jorge Luis Borges’ tale (1977) of Argentina; “Agrippina Montes del Valle” novel (1978) of Colombia; “Prof. Lilia Ramos” Children’s Poetry (1978) of Uruguay; SCOLAS Literary Prize (Southwest Conference of Latin American Studies, USA) 1982. She was also awarded the medal of the civil service by His Majesty King Juan Carlos of Spain for its cultural work (1989). She has received the “Willie Velasquez – TV Channel 48”, an award of excellence for his “outstanding services to the Hispanic community” (1991). She received the recognition of excellence as a Hispanic woman, awarded by the Organization of Houston Hispanic leaders, “for significant contributions to the Hispanic Community” (1993).

The Junior League of Houston

The Junior League of Houston

The Institute of hispanic Culture of Houston is having its 51st “Noche de las Américas” Gala at The Junior league of Houston located at 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, Houston, TX 77027. Free covered parking is available in this location to the Gala attendants.

Tables for the Gala are available for the following prices:

Individual tickets: $250 | Tables of 10: $2500 | $3500 | $5000
Sponsorship Opportunities: $10,000 | $15,000 | $20,000 | $25,000 | $30,000

Please join us for an evening of fine dining celebrating Discovery and Exploration.

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List of Sponsors will be available soon

Silent Auction

The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that depends on the generous contributions and support of individuals to fulfill its mission. We rely on individuals like you to continue offering numerous cultural programs and scholarships to in need and talented students.


2016 Silent Auction Highlights

Come to our Gala on October 7th to bid for these  amazing international trips

Adventure in Argentina:


South African Photo Safari


Tropical Costa Rica


Castles of Ireland


The Pleasures and Treasures of Tuscany


Spain – Costa del Sol


Florida Fun for a Family of 4!


San Francisco Wine Country


4 Star Isle of Capri


The Wine, Wonder and Romance of France


Alaska – The Call of the Wild