AVANCE, a national leader in early childhood and parenting education within Latino communities, is thrilled to announce its 50th Anniversary Grand Finale Gala will take place on AVANCE’s birthday, September 14, 2024, at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio River Walk. The event marks the culmination of a yearlong celebration of AVANCE’s rich history, remarkable accomplishments, and the resilient families and communities that have shaped its journey.

AVANCE has served over 200,000 children and parents over the past 50 years. The event will highlight the impact of AVANCE’s programming by showcasing stories from the families served. For a sneak peak at some of the stories that will be shared, visit https://www.avance.org/50th/family/.

AVANCE’s 50th Anniversary Grand Finale Gala kicks off at 6:00 PM and promises an unforgettable evening, including dinner, live music, and entertainment. The event will also feature a fireside chat with distinguished leaders in education, heartwarming testimonials from AVANCE families, and a special awards presentation honoring AVANCE Founder Dr. Gloria G. Rodriguez and the Zale Foundation, which provided the seed funding for AVANCE in 1973.

“Our 50th Anniversary has taken us from Washington, DC to Las Vegas and all across Texas. We’re thrilled to bring the celebration home to San Antonio with our Grand Finale Gala on AVANCE’s birthday,” said AVANCE CEO Dr. Teresa Granillo. “We have achieved so much over the past 50 years. We are incredibly proud of our AVANCE team, the strength and resilience of the families and communities we serve, and our community of supporters and friends. We look forward to celebrating our legacy and the next 50 years of AVANCE.”

Tables and individual tickets for the event will go on sale in July through the organization’s website. Event sponsorship opportunities are also available. To learn more about AVANCE and the 50th Anniversary Grand Finale Gala, visit avance.org/50th/sa-gala.