National Hispanic Heritage Hall of Honor 

Induction Ceremony & Scholarship Awards 

Once a year, HSFE inducts a class of heroes – people who have overcome obstacles to achieve success and serve their community. We aren’t just raising a glass to toast their accomplishments; we are illuminating role models for our youth. HSFE celebrates the biographies of our honorees, and inscribes their stories on our online Hall of Honor and in our displays at public schools. The stories can motivate middle school and high school students, showing them how others have succeeded through hard work, persistence, and staying in school.

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The Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony also salutes our annual Scholarship Recipients. These students have done their due diligence, staying in school, and achieving academic success. They attend the induction ceremony and hear the stories of our honorees. At this event two generations come together, with elders shining a light for our youth.

The Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony is a major fundraising effort, providing the means to advance our programs in the schools and our scholarships. In 2023 please acknowledge this vital mission with your sponsorship.  Contact Ken Saks at (210) 843-5858.


After a two-year hiatus because of Covid, we had such an event on September 24, 2022 to inspire our youth and to honor two native San Antonians:

Arturo Bonilla, MD
Founder of an institute from which he does groundbreaking work healing ear abnormalities in children

Special Recognition
Gordon Hartman
Developer of recreational and support facilities for those with special needs

Presenting Sponsor
Barrett Family Foundation

Platinum Sponsor
Dr. Wayne Yakes

Gold Sponsor
Dr. Paul and Blanca Garcia
HSFE Board of Directors

Silver Sponsor
Estela Hollin-Avery
Cecilia Garcia

Media Sponsors: Smith Print; Cat Lee; Eliot Garza; Toro Kitchen

Underwriters: Babcock North Veterinary Hospital; Dr. Garza-Vale

Anonymous Donor ($10,000)

Other Donors: Hartman Family Foundation;

This unique event was in downtown San Antonio at the Spanish Governor’s Palace and the adjacent Frances A. Yakes Museum of Art. There was Spanish food and Spanish entertainment.

If you could not attend, you can support us by visiting the SUPPORT US page (accessible through any other page on this website).