Texas Star Heritage Award Gala

Texas Star Heritage Award Gala

Honoring Texans committed to preservation of heritage and promotion of diversity.

January 20, 2018

2017 Honoree

2017 Honoree

G.P. Singh of the Sikh community was recognized for his local contributions to cultural preservation and education.

Texas Star Heritage Award Recipient

Texas Star Heritage Award & Gala

Entertainment

Entertainment during the Texas Star Heritage Award & Gala includes performances from Institute of Texan Cultures partners such as the Children's Ballet of San Antonio

Dinner Under thte Dome

Dinner Under thte Dome

Under the 26-screen Dome Theater, guests enjoyed video presentations on the award recipients in a one-of-a-kind venue.

Texas Star Heritage Award & Gala

2017 Honoree

2017 Honoree

OCI Group (Our Community Inc.) received the Texas Star Heritage Award for corporate or organization. The consulting firm emphasizes community building and social responsibility as it takes on clients.

A Culturally Inspired Meal

A Culturally Inspired Meal

The meal for the evening draws on the ethnic heritages of award recipients. The 2017 dinner highlighted Punjabi and Latin flavors.

2017 Honoree

2017 Honoree

Janie Barrera of LiftFund received the 2017 Texas Star Heritage Award for Regional Impact. LiftFund takes the entrepreneurial spirit of Texas business to facilitate small business success in 13 states.

2017 Recipient: Regional Impact

Texas Star Heritage Gala

Texas Star Heritage Gala

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Texas Star Heritage Gala

Texas Star Heritage Gala

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Texas Star Heritage Gala

Texas Star Heritage Gala

Recognize Distinguished Leaders in Texas

Texas Star Heritage Gala

Texas Star Heritage Gala

Promote the diverse cultures of Texas

Texas Star Heritage Gala

Texas Star Heritage Gala

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Past Honorees

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2017, Local Impact - G.P. Singh is a member of the San Antonio Sikh community. The entrepreneur with master’s and doctoral degrees in mechanical engineering went from working in his garage to building Karta Technologies, one of San Antonio’s largest defense contractors.

Singh has worked diligently after the events of 9/11 to spread the word on Sikhism and Sikh Americans, since their religious articles – men’s turbans and unshorn beards – are often associated with images of terrorists seen through news media.

Singh worked to bring the Smithsonian exhibit "Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab" to San Antonio and personally led dozens of tours to educate municipal, business and community leaders on the Sikh religion and the local Sikh community. His guests included San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, members of the World Affairs Council, representatives from the Department of Justice, the State Department, various law enforcement organizations such as the FBI, plus local media, religious organizations and more.
 
 
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2017, Regional Impact - Janie Barrera is the founding president and CEO of LiftFund, a 22-year-old nonprofit small business lender. The organization began in San Antonio with one office and now operates 13 offices in 13 states. As a small business advocate and lender, LiftFund keeps small business alive and enables new generations to take charge of family-owned businesses.

Barrera grew up working in her parents’ small Mexican restaurant in Corpus Christi, a business that struggled without support from lending services. After 20 years of hard work, her parents retired with no pension. She realized entrepreneurs across the country struggled with the same dilemma, and she became determined to empower other small businesses through access to lending and financial education.
 
 
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2017 Business or Organization - OCI Group (Our Community, Inc.) is a consulting firm whose business mentality equates economic and leadership development with social responsibility. The company acts as a capacity and bridge builder between education, nonprofits, startups, technology, government and other channels that contribute to the growth and welfare of the community.

OCI Group founding members include Managing Partner, H. Analco Gonzalez; Senior Partner, Luis G. Gonzalez; Partner, Ixchell Gonzalez; Partner, Olivia Travieso; Partner, Anita Fernandez; and Junior Partner, Jose Vidal. The group met through the youth leadership nonprofit, the National Hispanic Institute, and continue to volunteer with its San Antonio affiliate. Locally, they are known for facilitating the Lyft rideshare company’s entry into San Antonio, launching The Voting App with Think Voting to increase civic engagement and voter turnout, providing translation services for Bexar County’s Bibliotech, and facilitating local-level work for People en Espanol and Time, Inc. Nationally and internationally, they are known for representing companies that want to build a presence in emerging markets in Texas and the United States.
 
 
 

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