Join us for an exciting virtual celebration! We'll honor exemplary leaders, have a live auction, cocktail/mocktail demonstration, musical performances and more! Proceeds will benefit students and sustain the Center for many more years to come. Vamos!

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Soaring To New Heights: 2021 Virtual Celebration

Join Us!

We are delighted to invite you to our virtual gala on September 30 at 6:30 p.m. This prestigious celebration will include the recognition of exemplary leaders who support the Center's mission and vision, a fun cocktail/mocktail demonstration, an exciting live auction, and lively musical performances!

We are honored to announce that we will be recognizing Arantxa Sánchez and Celia Cruz (posthumous)for the Tlamatini Lifetime Achievement Award, State Farm for the Excellence in Philanthropy Award, Dean Lawrence C. Dennis for the Excellence in Education Award, and many more.

Your suggested minimum donation of $35 will provide access to the virtual gala and also support the Center and our students.

Be Involved and Make Global Connections

This is your opportunity as a community partner and as a corporate sponsor to promote your brand and connect with a diverse network of professionals and consumers alike. With this year’s event being virtual, there is a potential to reach a wider audience not only in the US, but also around the globe!

Your support will ensure the Center's future and provide funding opportunities to recruit excellent students, provide research fellowships, and attract and host leading professionals and scholars. You can shape the Center's future and its continued success and also honor the work of Drs. Felipe & Betty Ann Korzenny, founders of the Center by joining us a community partner/corporate sponsor.

Please contact Mafé Brooks at for details regarding sponsorship opportunities.

Who We Are

The Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication at Florida State University is the only one of its kind in the country – co-founded by Betty Ann and Felipe Korzenny, pioneers in the field of U.S. Hispanic marketing and advertising. The Center holds the distinction as being the first in the nation to focus on the cultural nuances of the Latino sector.

We play a major role in preparing students to address the severe shortage of industry professionals who understand the fundamentals of marketing to a diverse audience as practitioners or scholars.

Today, responding to powerful influences across diverse communities, the Center is devoted to educating students and professionals on consumer behavior across various Latino and multicultural segments. Our world-class faculty and students are conducting trailblazing research and investigations while also serving as a valued and innovative resource for the Latino marketing industry – which is important now, more than ever.

Event Access/RSVP

A suggested minimum gift of of $35 and above will provide access to the celebration and support student success!

Platinum Sponsor

One-minute video presentation at celebration; Speaking opportunity Mafé Brooks at for details.

Diamond Sponsor

Corporate digital signage at celebration; Recognition at celebration Mafé Brooks at for details.

Gold Sponsor

Company logo on digital event materials; Half-page digital ad Details: Mafé Brooks at

Silver Sponsor

Company name listed on digital event materials; Quarter-page digital ad (sponsor-designed) Details: Mafé Brooks at

Bronze Sponsor

Recognition on social media platforms and website Details: Mafé Brooks at

Thank You to Our Supporters






Board Members

Supporter Amount Gift Date
Julian Rodriguez & UTA Hispanic Media Initiative  $25.00 9/24/2021 5:19 PM
Texas Tech Harris Institute for Hispanic & International Comm  Event Access/RSVP $50.00 9/24/2021 3:36 PM
Alex Garcia Event Access/RSVP $35.00 9/23/2021 6:40 PM
Anonymous Donor $5.00 9/23/2021 6:39 PM
Waly Cardona  Event Access/RSVP $50.00 9/23/2021 1:24 AM
Qijia Zang  $5.00 9/22/2021 9:17 PM
Kelly Kelly & Brian Kelly   $25.00 9/22/2021 7:25 PM
Ebe Randeree  Event Access/RSVP $50.00 9/22/2021 5:28 PM
Ross Kramer  Gold Sponsor $2,500.00 9/22/2021 1:02 PM
Alejandra Guacaneme  Event Access/RSVP $35.00 9/21/2021 7:12 PM
Gaston Yvorra  $5.00 9/21/2021 10:58 AM
Joe Zubi & Jeanette Cabrera  Event Access/RSVP $100.00 9/21/2021 8:35 AM
Erica Rodriguez Kight & James Steven Kight  Event Access/RSVP $35.00 9/21/2021 7:55 AM
Suzie Canales EXP Real Estate Agent - The Woodlands, TX  Event Access/RSVP $200.00 9/20/2021 7:11 PM
Mengying Zhang & Mengying Zhang  $20.00 9/20/2021 11:08 AM
Kathleen Watters & Michael  Event Access/RSVP $50.00 9/19/2021 6:33 PM
Maria Fernanda Bayona  Event Access/RSVP $50.00 9/19/2021 11:42 AM
Eva Serrano  $25.00 9/19/2021 10:14 AM
Chris Turner  $5.00 9/17/2021 6:17 PM
Daniel Lopez   $5.00 9/17/2021 5:41 PM
Faith Delle  $5.00 9/17/2021 5:36 PM
Karen Garza  $20.00 9/17/2021 2:00 PM
Elaine Howard & Elaine Howard  $15.00 9/17/2021 12:38 PM
Carlos Galindo  $30.00 9/16/2021 8:42 PM
Enrique P Becerra  Event Access/RSVP $35.00 9/16/2021 5:28 PM
Maria Puente  Event Access/RSVP $50.00 9/16/2021 2:12 PM
Anonymous Donor  $5.00 9/16/2021 1:31 PM
Shaakira White  $20.00 9/16/2021 1:21 PM
Alberto Alfonso   Event Access/RSVP $35.00 9/16/2021 9:58 AM
Latin2Latin Marketing + Communications, LLC Figueroa  Diamond Sponsor $5,000.00 9/16/2021 9:50 AM
Orlando Comas & Olga Lopez  Bronze Sponsor $500.00 9/16/2021 9:31 AM
Maria Pouncey  Event Access/RSVP $35.00 9/16/2021 7:11 AM
Lane Blackmer  $25.00 9/16/2021 6:34 AM
Sindy Chapa & Jesse Torres  Event Access/RSVP $150.00 9/15/2021 7:19 PM
Angelina Rivero  Event Access/RSVP $40.00 9/14/2021 1:50 PM
Stephen McDowell & Jeannie McDowell  Event Access/RSVP $100.00 9/13/2021 2:16 PM
Joana Wong & Joey BRutus  Event Access/RSVP $100.00 9/10/2021 9:20 AM
Federico Subervi  Event Access/RSVP $35.00 9/9/2021 7:36 PM
Gene Bryan  Event Access/RSVP $35.00 9/8/2021 2:25 PM
Julio Valeriano Bubick & Daniel Whalen  Event Access/RSVP $35.00 9/3/2021 8:41 AM
Cristina Azanza   Event Access/RSVP $45.00 9/2/2021 12:12 PM
Michelle Kazmer & Paul Marty  Event Access/RSVP $50.00 8/30/2021 8:37 AM
Mary Jane Little Event Access/RSVP $100.00 8/30/2021 12:00 AM
Jennifer Gordillo  Event Access/RSVP $100.00 8/27/2021 11:50 AM
Leif Roll  Event Access/RSVP $300.00 8/26/2021 2:13 PM
Adrien Lanusse & Ken Cerniglia  Silver Sponsor $1,000.00 8/26/2021 3:31 AM
Yvette Martinez-Wilson & Reuben Wilson  Event Access/RSVP $210.00 8/25/2021 7:06 AM
Paul Weaver & Joy Weaver    Event Access/RSVP $50.00 8/22/2021 7:20 PM
joseph facundo & nivia  Silver Sponsor $1,000.00 8/20/2021 4:57 PM
Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer  Event Access/RSVP $35.00 8/13/2021 7:37 AM
Zach Morrison Event Access/RSVP $50.00 8/13/2021 7:16 AM
Timothy Giordano  Event Access/RSVP $50.00 8/11/2021 5:53 PM
Felipe Korzenny Diamond Sponsor $5,000.00 8/4/2021 12:00 AM
Erika Gianni  Silver Sponsor $1,000.00 7/30/2021 9:24 AM
Dac Group Holding Ltd.  Platinum Sponsor $10,000.00 7/29/2021 11:17 AM
Anonymous Donor  Diamond Sponsor $5,000.00 7/28/2021 10:23 AM
Derek Thompson  Silver Sponsor $1,000.00 7/22/2021 10:26 AM
Erika Gianni   Event Access/RSVP $35.00 7/21/2021 9:12 AM
Julio Valeriano & Daniel Whalen   Event Access/RSVP $100.00 7/12/2021 7:59 PM

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