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GWHCC Gala at the new Marriott Marquis

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) celebrated its 38th Annual Gala on Friday June 9th at the new Marriott Marquis.

This year was celebrating the role and contributions of local Hispanic doctors in business. The award winners were Dr. Fernando Pagan for Academia, Dr. Hortencia M. Hornbeak for Government, Dr. Carlos Picone for Cooperative Medicine, and Dr. Clayton Lawrence for Nonprofit.

“The Gala celebrated the GWHCC’s accomplishments as a leading business organization committed to helping move Hispanic-owned businesses forward by promoting a business-friendly environment and improving our community and overall region,” said Mario Acosta-Velez, Chair of GWHCC Board of Directors. “This year, we honored outstanding Hispanic doctors whose accomplishments and contributions serve as an inspiration to business leaders and our younger Hispanic generation.”

The event was designed by Ernesto Santalla of Studio Santalla. With a purple and orange color scheme, he designed light emitting centerpieces with three floral images each. The tables were completed with a single Gerbera Daisy at each place setting. After dinner, guests spent the evening dancing to a live band and enjoying a photo booth from Booth-O-Rama.

Designer Insight

I have found one of the biggest challenges in designing a gala is that guests tend to want to network and chat while sponsors and organizers want to focus on speeches and the awards. These two opposite desires can create tension for your event. One solution can be to create a separate time between cocktail hour and dinner for the awards ceremony. This will push back the timeline so plan accordingly.

Remember, no matter how you plan, some people will want to just mingle so allow for some space in the back or side of the room (having a bar open will draw the talkers to this area) so it will be less distracting.

Photos by Ralph Alswang

Katie Rose

Katie Rose is an Event Planner, Wine Specialist, and Personal Concierge offering services throughout the DC metropolitan area. Whether an intimate dinner party or lavish gala, every experience is tailored to individual personality and vision.

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