Lo Bello de San Antonio Women’s Association was founded in July 1993. Amelia Garza is the founder and first President. As a small business owner, she recognized how difficult it is to succeed in business without an education. As a result, she was determined to assist others in obtaining an education so that they would not have to experience some of the obstacles that she had to overcome. The membership consists of business and professional women who volunteer their time and resources so that we can continue to strive to reach our goal of increasing educational opportunities in our community through our fundraising events.
The first Lo Bello fundraiser Noche Tropical held in July 1994 raised $12,000.00 The first donation of $2000 was made to Visitation House. Since then we have awarded more than $1,000,000 and have awarded scholarships to the following colleges and universities; The University of Texas-San Antonio, Texas A&M San Antonio, St. Phillips College Culinary Arts Program, University Health System Nursing Program, Palo Alto College, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Mary’s University, the University of the Incarnate Word, and various community outreach initiatives.
Champagne and Diamonds Brunch: This event occurs the first Sunday of Fiesta, As an official Fiesta PMO event we help kick off a whole week of Fiesta fun. Champagne and Diamonds is a unique event because it provides our guests with the opportunity to find a 2 carat diamond in the bottom of a champagne glass valued at $32,000.00. And if that were not enough, we also feature a Grito Contest between Rey Feo, King Antonio and the Fiesta San Antonio Commission President. And this year we will also audience participation in their own Grito Contest. No other event offers such fun, bling, a great brunch, champagne, silent auction, fabulous music and dancing. All of the proceeds go towards our college scholarship program for students in our community.
The Third and most recent fundraising initiative is the La Reina Linda Program. Two business professional women from the community agree to compete for the title of La Reina Linda. The winner will represent Lo Bello Women’s Association during the week of Fiesta. Her emphasis during the week of Fiesta will be to visit schools throughout the San Antonio area promoting education. All proceeds raised from the La Reina Linda program will benefit the Lo Bello Women’s Association Scholarship Program.