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


In 2015, the scholarship opportunity was made available to all qualifying students in financial need from diverse communities. The goal is to grant over 70 scholarships annually to students from Montgomery County and Maryland . The Gala is instrumental in bringing together organizations and individuals that understand the importance of strong diverse communities. The Hispanic Gala is the most significant and marquee social, political, and philanthropic event in Montgomery County and the State. We bring together elected officials, the business community, philanthropists, and the Hispanic community to support and promote post-secondary education in our community.


Black Tie AffairCocktail/Business Attire Optional

Gala format is contemporary to allow guests to mingle freely and engage in networking opportunities throughout the evening.
Passed Hors D’oeuvres & Chef Stations
Cash Bar


Official Gala Announcement by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett



Anita Brady
Montgomery County Office of Human Resources
Volunteers Committee Chair

Carmen Camacho*
Bud Miller Associates, Inc.
2017 Event 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

Yordan Silvera*
Tactic Pixel Design Studio
Website Committee Chair

Raul Medrano
Scheer Partners Commercial Real Estate Services

Karla Silvestre*
Montgomery College
Awards Committee Chair

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

Lorna Virgili, MCEHG Founder*
National Hispanic
Communications Group
Organizing Sponsor
2013 Event Chair

Johnny Yataco
President, Washington Hispanic Newspaper