Feature photo: Post-gala celebration at the Perot Museum
Published September 26, 2015 | 11:30pm
The Dallas Hispanic Bar Association held its 10th Annual Event, “Noche de Luz” Fundraiser and Award Gala this evening at the Perot Museum of Nature and History. President Monica Lira announced that the Bar had raised over $70,000. Three former recipients of DHBA scholarships addressed the large audience to thank the group for their financial support while in law school. One student said that, while the money came in handy, the knowledge that there was a group of lawyers wanting her to succeed made all the difference to her.
The President’s Award went to Judge Daniel F. Solis. Judge Solis was the very first president of the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, back when it was called Mexican American Bar Association. Lira’s first appearance as a lawyer was before the Honorable Solis. She spoke of his kindness and support. He is the Administrative Judge for the City of Dallas Municipal Courts, supervising close to 40 full and part-time city judges. He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and has been licensed to practice law since 1972.
La Estrella Award was awarded to Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia. The Honorable Anchia has served six terms representing House District 103, covering Northwest Dallas County in the Texas Legislature. Before that, he served two terms on the Dallas School Board. He serves as Chair of the International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, as well as a member of the Energy Resources Committee in the Texas House of Representatives. Judge Eric Moyé introduced Anchia, reminding us that in his first session in the Texas Legislature, Anchia was named Texas Monthly’s “Rookie of the Year,” and in the 80th session, was named one of Texas Monthly’s Ten Best Legislators. He has won many awards for his work to improve the lot of his constituents and of the citizens of the state. Moyé also praised Anchia for his work in helping wrongfully convicted prisoners receive monetary compensation upon exoneration and his help in the creation of the Timothy Cole Review Commission. In accepting the award, Mr. Anchia thanked many people in the audience who helped him along the way. This included his mother, an immigrant to this country, who worked hard to earn a degree during Anchia’s youth. She was his “luz,” lighting the way for him to achieve and serve. In a very emotional speech, Anchia dedicated his award to his two daughters, whom he brought up to the stage with him. He wanted to tell his girls publicly that he aware of the stress caused by his absences from home due to his work. But, he wanted them to know that they were the lights that kept him going.
After the dinner and awards presentations, guests were invited to dance to music played by a DJ. And, guests explored the museum.