You are invited to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day.
Please join us for a reception to celebrate Mexico's Independence Day on September 16 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the outdoor courtyard of Molina Fine Jewelers. The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, together with the Mexican Consulate in Phoenix, Diplomatic Corps of Arizona and Thunderbird School of Global Management look forward to welcoming you for an evening of live music with Hijos de Papi, an art exhibit by Gennaro Garcia, folklore dance performance and Casamigos tequila tasting to honor this important day for our Mexican neighbors.
Thank you to our sponsors Molina Fine Jewelers, Casamigos, Las Palomas Golf & Beach Resort in Puerto Peñasco, El Heroico Guaymas Restaurant & Pescaderia, Spencer & Fane, Rascapetatiando Dance Company, Creo Spirits, Bruzzi Vineyard, and Gennaro Garcia for making this event possible.
You may purchase raffle entries when you RSVP or, if you don't plan to attend, you can still support this cause by purchasing raffle tickets here. Raffle tickets are $50 per entry for a chance to win a Casamigos gift basket, 2-Night stay at Las Palomas Golf & Beach Resort in Puerto Peñasco, Molina Fine Jewelers Women’s Watch, Molina Fine Jewelers Men's Watch, and 4-Bottle Adobe Road Wine Series Gift. Prominent Mexican artist Gennaro Garcia will be exhibiting his art at the reception and contributing 40% percent of all art sales to our cause.
All the proceeds from the raffle tickets will benefit the second edition of the Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Women of Mexican Origin in Arizona. Read more about the program below.
The dress code for this reception is cocktail.
Please reach out to Tina Waddington at email@example.com with any questions or sponsorship inquiries.
You may purchase raffle entries when you RSVP at a cost of $50 per entry for your chance to win one of these incredible prizes:
Featured Artist: Gennaro Garcia
Prominent Mexican artist Gennaro Garcia will be exhibiting his art at the reception and contributing 40% percent of all art sales to our cause.
Gennaro Garcia is a native of San Luis, Sonora, Mexico. Gennaro was the second Latino artist in 26 years, after Fernando Botero from Colombia, to have a solo show at the Calvin Charles Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.
Gennaro was born and raised in San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, Mexico. He migrated to Arizona in his early twenties with drive, passion and the desire to create art. In 2012, Gennaro reached his personal goal – a solo exhibit in San Miguel de Allende, in his native México. His art alludes to his dual identity as both Mexican, and now, American.
His use of Italian techniques with oils, acrylics, wood, and plaster, along with the combination of a Mexican color palette from his childhood, has resulted in art that showcases both world-class skill and a true Latino immigrant perspective. To create his first talavera collection, he traveled to Puebla, Mexico to study the original 120-year-old technique with Arte Ventosa. His art pieces are featured in many commercial and residential interiors, and he has participated in more than 60 exhibits in the last 4 years, including 9 solo shows. Currently, you can see Gennaro’s art in 10 different galleries in the United States and two in Mexico. The Mexican film director, Carlos Muñoz, is working on a short film about Gennaro’s journey as an artist in Mexico. Salvador Robledo, an American filmmaker, has been concurrently shooting a complementary documentary for the last 2 years about his transition and art in the United States.
In 2015, Gennaro was the Heard Museum’s Signature Artist at their annual El Mercado de las Artes. In 2016, he received the Masters of the Southwest Award, a recognition presented by the Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, as well as the Hispanic Heritage award presented by Cox Communications and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Gennaro began an exciting partnership with Disney in 2016. The partnership includes a conference where he presented on his journey as an artist, as well as a mural in collaboration with his daughter, little Frida, in Mexico City. He has bridged his love and passion for the arts and the culinary world by venturing into the restaurant design field. As of now he has worked on the following restaurants: Barrio Queen, Tempo Urban Kitchen, Tio Chano, El Sonorense, Ghost Ranch and Co-Owner of Taco Chelo.
About Mexico Independence Day
Commonly confused with Cinco de Mayo in the U.S., Mexico Independence Day is a holiday that celebrates the moment when Father Hidalgo called for Mexico's independence from Spain on September 16, 1810.
Mexican Independence Day marks the moment in 1810 when, a Catholic priest known as Father Hidalgo, made the first cry (El Grito) for independence demanding the end of Spanish rule. This started the Mexican War of Independence, which lasted over a decade. On August 24, 1821, Spain withdrew and officially recognized Mexico as an independent country.
Mexican Independence Day has developed into a huge nationwide celebration over the past 211 years.
About El Grito
One of the most popular events connected to Mexican Independence Day is when the President of Mexico rings the 211 year old bell Father Hidalgo used in 1810 and recites the El Grito de Dolores speech in front of more than 500,000 people. This event is broadcasted live to millions via Mexican television and radio on the evening of September 15.
The Embassies and Consulates of Mexico worldwide replicate El Grito de Dolores to commemorate this historic event.
Mexico’s Consul General, the Honorable Jorge Mendoza Yescas will recite El Grito de Dolores on the evening of the reception.
About the Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Women of Mexican Origin in Arizona
The path to building a successful business can be extremely challenging for Hispanic women in Arizona. Lack of access to finance and minimal knowledge of the business environment in the state are two of the most frequent challenges Hispanic women encounter. Despite the adversity, the number of businesses owned by this demographic segment has increased dramatically over the last years.
Inspired by the growing number of Hispanic women-owned businesses in the state, the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix implemented for the first time during the initial semester of 2021 the Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Women of Mexican Origin in Arizona.
The main component is DreamBuilder - developed by Thunderbird School of Global Management and FreePort McMoran - a free online and bilingual learning program developed for women who want to start or grow a small business.
Besides DreamBuilder, the Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Women of Mexican Origin in Arizona is composed of the following elements:
For the first edition of the Program, the group was integrated by 16 women from different regions in Mexico. The age range was between 27 and 52 years old, and the most frequent type of industry was food and beverage.
After concluding the first edition of the program, participants experienced significant progress. Here are just a few benefits participants acquired during or after completing the program:
The first edition of the Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Women of Mexican Origin in Arizona was a huge success. As a result, the headquarters of Mexico’s Secretariat of Foreign Affairs has decided to implement the program in seven Mexican consulates in the United States (Omaha, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orlando, Dallas and Houston) and in the entire Mexican consular network in Canada.
While Hispanic women are gaining more ground in the business world, there is still a long way to go. Society needs to recognize the role of this demographic segment in the U.S.'s economy and in the prosperity of our communities.
The program was supported by a strong network of allies of the Consulate General of Mexico in Phoenix, like the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Thunderbird School of Global Management, as well as mentors, panelists and sponsors that acknowledge the contributions of Hispanic women to society. Business leaders looking to have a positive impact in the life of women entrepreneurs can be part of this entrepreneurship initiative.
Fueled by the strong interest from Mexican women in the region, the second edition of the Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Women of Mexican Origin in Arizona starts in October of 2021 and will be running until April of 2022. A new generation of women entrepreneurs will prepare to turn their dream into a reality.
All the proceeds from the raffle tickets will benefit the second edition of the Consular Entrepreneurship Program for Women of Mexican Origin in Arizona.