The Maryland Hispanic Gala  came into being when a group of Hispanic Montgomery County employees and community leaders instituted the event to raise funds and visibility about developing highly educated Latino professionals while providing critical financial assistance to increase graduation rates from post-secondary education in Montgomery County and the State of Maryland.

The Maryland Hispanic Coalition, Inc. launched the Montgomery Hispanic Gala in 2013. A fundraising initiate that was geared to assisting Latinos in financial need attain a higher level of education. In 2015, the scholarship opportunity was made available to all qualifying students from diverse communities throughout the State of Maryland. By 2018, the Gala had become Maryland’s Marquee Hispanic Gala, thus, Maryland Hispanic Gala.

We gather over 1,000 attendees on event evening annually.

Black Tie AffairCocktail/Business Attire Optional

Gala format is contemporary to allow guests to mingle freely and engage in networking opportunities throughout the evening.

Chef Stations and Cash Bar



Carmen Camacho*
Bud Miller Associates, Inc.
Immediate Past Chair

Alicia Escoto
Past Scholar
Marketing Committee Chair

Valeria Espinoza*
Chawla & Chawla, PC
Scholarship Committee

Luis Martinez*
Montgomery County Department of
Health and Human Services
Scholarship Committee

Raul Medrano
Scheer Partners Commercial Real Estate Services
Volunteers Committee

Sonia Rodriguez
2015 Scholarship Recipient
University of Maryland Undergraduate Student
Marketing Committee

Alejandra Sarmiento
2014 Scholarship Recipient
University of Maryland Alumni
Volunteers Committee

Yordan Silvera*
Tactic Pixel Design Studio
Website Committee Chair

Karla Silvestre*
Montgomery College
Awards Committee Chair

Myriam Torrico*
Montgomery County Department of
Housing and Community Affairs
Scholarships Committee Chair

Lorna Virgili*
Montgomery County
Office of Public Information
Event Founder

Johnny Yataco
President, Washington Hispanic Newspaper
Marketing Committee