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Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 48th Annual Black and White Ball and Business Awards

What:  The Black and White Ball is the chamber’s largest annual fundraiser.
Where:  Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
When:  April 22, 2006
Time:  6:00 PM
Ticket Prices:  $300 per person
Beneficiary:  Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Mistress of Ceremonies:  Lin Sue Cooney, Channel 12 News
Master of Ceremonies:  Mark Curtis, Channel 12 News
Honoree(s):  Suzie Moreno (Woman of the Year), Israel Torres (Man of the Year), Qwest (Corporation of the Year), Manny Garcia (Entrepreneur of the Year)
Gala Chairperson(s):  Suzie Moreno, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona; Alex Juarez (Qwest)
Committee Members:  David Alvarez, Ramon Castaneda, Alex Corona, Harry Garewal, Joseph Gutierrez, Elizabeth Irizarry, Gilda Johnson, Alex Juarez, Stephanie Lopez, Francine Moore, Rob Montoya, Suzie Moreno, Matha Muniz, Mike Munoz, Teresa Ornelas, Joseph Ortiz, Cynthia Rodriguez, Lisanne Shanahan, April Stremming, Liz Topete-Stonefield, Anthony Valencia
Invocation:  Marisa Ronstadt
Welcome:  Harry Garewal
Speaker:  Al Montoya, Wells Fargo; Pat Quinn, Qwest
Music:  Johnny Polanco, Y Su Conjunto Amistad
Sponsors:  El Padrino Sponsor Qwest; Padrinos de Honor American Family Insurance, BlueCross BluesShield of Arizona, Fry's, Wells Fargo; Audio Visual Padrino SRP; Raffle & Live Auction Padrino Arizona Lottery; Beverage Padrinos Jack Daniel's, Alliance Beverage Distributing Company, LLC; Champagne Padrino Countrywide Home Loans; Printing Padrinos Allstate; Entertainment Padrino cingular; Dinner & Desert Padrino US Bank; Media Padrinos 12 News, The Arizona Republic, La Voz; Reception & Silent Auction Padrino Southwest
Quote of the evening:  "This is the single largest gala ever held at the Westin Kierland, and one of the longest running galas in Arizona. This is our 48th year, and all proceeds go to sponsor programs and seminars for our members," said Joseph Ortiz, Communications Director.
Attendance:  1200
Attire:  Black and White
Information:  Joseph Ortiz - 602-279-1800
Blacktie Photos by:

  Manny Garcia, Governor Janet Napolitano, Harry Garewal


Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Goes Black and White for their 48th Annual Ball and 3rd Annual Business Awards

By Myra Richman

The 48th Annual Black and White Ball and Third Annual Business Awards, presented by Qwest Cummunications Inc., were held on April 22nd at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa.

The Chamber's single largest fundraiser was a big (and I mean big) success. Walking into the ballroom was a daunting scene, with tables stretching from one end of the room to the other--accommodating 1200 guests dressed in black and/or white. Bunches of roses were at every centerpiece--various colors were chosen to differentiate sponsor levels.

Many dignitaries were present, from City of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, to Scottsdale Mayor Mary Manross, to Governor Janet Napolitano, to Scottsdale Councilman Jim Lane and many more. All 1200 guests sprung to their stilettos (the women, that is) to pay tribute to the Governor with a standing ovation.

Beautiful gift baskets lined one of the walls for the silent auction during the cocktail hour, followed by dinner and the presentation of awards, then the live auction and dancing to the music of Johnny Polanco.

A particularly sensitive and responsible touch was the note that everyone received about the Labrador puppy in the live auction. The note reminded guests that before falling in love with those brown eyes, "paws" and make sure you can provide the kind of lifelong home this little one needs and deserves..a fenced yard, landlord permission, responsibility for 10-15 years and children who behave well with a dog.

The AZHCC and its members are a vital link to future business releationships with a culturally diverse consumer, workforce and expanding global economy.

For more information, call 602-279-1800 or visit

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