Gala and Auction
Saturday, June 10, 2017
6:00 p.m. Cocktails, Silent Auction, Wine Pull
7:30 p.m. Dinner and the Italian Flame Award Presentation
9:00 p.m. Entertainment and Dancing
Elegant Cocktail Attire
Westin Houston Memorial City
945 Gessner Road
Houston, Texas 77024
The Italian Cultural & Community Center is a non-profit organization, established in 1982, whose mission is to advance, celebrate and preserve Italian culture and heritage for all Houstonians through educational, cultural and social programs. The proceeds from the Gala help support these multiple programs as well as the Center’s La Scuola d’Italiano (the Italian language school for adults and children); the scholarship fund and the preservation of the home of the Italian Cultural & Community Center which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a City of Houston Landmark.
People of Italian descent share a unique and magnificent heritage spanning hundreds of years. It is a heritage with roots in law, science, medicine, architecture, music, and much more. Because we are blessed to bear the fruits of our ancestorsʹ labors, we must carry the torch that bears the flame of this cultural identity by means of advancing, celebrating and preserving Italian culture and heritage for all people regardless of ethnic origin. In the past three years the Gala honored individuals in the field of Medicine, Law and Engineering who were of Italian descent and whose personal and professional achievements exemplify character, leadership, community service, and the Italian spirit.
This year we are privileged to honor His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, the metropolitan archbishop of Galveston-Houston; pastor to its 1.3 million Catholics and over 4 million non-Catholics, and 440 priests in 146 parishes and 60 schools spread over 8,880 square miles. His seats are St. Mary Cathedral Basilica in Galveston and the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston.
More Information About the Honoree
In 2007 Pope Benedict XVI named DiNardo the first Roman Catholic cardinal from Texas and appointed to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The appointment allowed DiNardo and the archdiocese to take a place among the oldest and most influential centers of American Catholicism. He was the first archbishop from the southern United States to join the ranks of cardinals. Since his appointment, he has continued to inspire and develop the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as a growing and dynamic area in the ever-increasing Catholic population of the southern part of the United States.