Our Gala is sold-out
Thank you to all who made it possible.  
Dear THBA members and friends,

On behalf of the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association, I sincerely thank you for your support of our organization’s mission through your previous generous sponsorship of our Gala. Our Annual Scholarship Gala Dinner is the main fundraising event for THBA. The organization utilizes the net proceeds of the Gala to help fund the invaluable programs offered to our members and colleagues, to participate in community outreach programs, and most importantly, to award scholarships to deserving law school students of Hispanic origin.

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, our 14th Annual Scholarship Gala will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., at Hotel Haya in Ybor City. We promise a fun night of music, drinks, food, and great company all in celebration of our beloved Hispanic roots.

We invite you to check the sponsorship opportunities and benefits available this year. Payments by check are preferred as they help us to cut transaction fees.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us at [email protected].

Thank you,

Natalia Reyna-Pimiento
Tampa Hispanic Bar Association
Hotel Haya
1412 E 7th Ave,
Tampa, FL 33605
Date & Time
November 3, 2022
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Keynote Speaker
THBA is honored to have Justice John D. Couriel as the keynote speaker of the night.

Award Recipients
The Honorable Thomas Palermo
Luis A. “Tony” Cabassa Award.

 This award is named after one of THBA’s founders and  seeks to recognize an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association and the Hispanic community in general.
Maria Chapa Lopez
E.J. Salcines “Spirit of Tampa” Award

This award seeks to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to our community, demonstrated a commitment to helping others, including Hispanics, and helped break down barriers in a significant way.

Event Schedule at Glance
6:00 pm
Drinks and Silent Auction
Please join us for drinks and a friendly silent auction competition. Colombian artist Edgar Diaz has created a beautiful art collection for THBA that will be presented at the Gala. The collection is representative of the art and culture of various countries. Examples of his art can be seen in our Gala invitation. We invite you to support our fundraising efforts by bidding on the painting you like the most during our cocktail hour. Let's see which country has the most representation among our members and friends. 
7:15 pM
Dinner and Awards
Throughout the years, THBA has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving law students of Hispanic origin and this year is no exception. We will be awarding the Honorable E.J. Salcines Scholarship, and the Victoria Cruz-Garcia Law Student Scholarship to three deserving students. Please join us to celebrate the achievements of our scholarship recipients.

We will also be awarding the prestigious Luis “Tony” Cabassa Award and the Honorable E.J. Salcines Spirit of Tampa Award to two individuals whose contributions to our community makes us proud of our Hispanic roots. Please join us in celebrating their commitment to make us a better community.
9:00 pM
Music and Dancing

THBA is proud to present musical performer Luiyi. Luiyi's music combines Latin rhythms such as bachata, vallenato, and reggaeton, which are reflected in his albums “Descubrir” and “Amanecer.” As a Latin artist, who is  also an attorney, Luiyi understands the importance of coming together to support the professional development of the members of our beloved community. For this reason, Luiyi is kindly donating his performance at the Gala. Please join us in welcoming Luiyi. Let's party THBA! 
10:30 pM
Invited Artists

Luiyi began his career as a singer at the age of 8 years old under the tutoring of one of the most important representatives of lyrical music in Latin America—Cuban Master, Ramón Calzadilla. Luiyi’s intensive training led him to become one of the youngest singers to perform as a soloist with the Bogotá’s Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Colombian soprano Carmiña Gallo.

In 2015, while working toward his law degree at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, Luiyi traveled to the city of Miami to record his first album under the direction of Cuban producer and composer Guianko Gómez, winner of more than 16 Latin Grammys and 1 Anglo. Luiyi’s first bachata solo, “Esperando por Ti” quickly rose to top of the radio charts in Colombia, captivating thousands of listeners in the country and around Latin America.

In 2021, Luiyi was recognized as the best composer of the California Latin American Song Festival, obtaining the Platinum Disc Award for his song “Descubrir.” Currently, Luiyi is working on his new musical production in Miami.
Edgar Diaz 
Edgar Enrique Diaz Pena is a Colombian artist born in 1970. He completed his art studies at the Institute Populat of Art in Cali, Colombia. He is a muralist and sculptor with more than 30 years of experience. His art is currently displayed around the world, including London, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain and the United States.  He hopes his contribution to this event helps raise awareness about the financial needs of Hispanic students around the world.  
Thank you to our sponsors! 

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