Annual ‘La Noche Encantada’ Draws 2,000 VIPs

Representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory and spouses from left, James Kloeppel, Jo Ann Archuleta, Michael Cisneros, Doug McCray, Chris Fresquez, Renee Fresquez, Paula Padilla, Patrick Padilla, Yvonne Gonzales and Joseph Gonzales. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Chamber Director Katy Korkos, right, with New Mexico Attorney General Gary King and his wife Yolanda Jones King. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Dr. Paul Daly of Northern New Mexico Medical Associates and Chief of Staff of Los Alamos Medical Center  with his wife Linda Daly, executive director of the Los Alamos Family YMCA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Chris Ortega of Los Alamos National Bank with his wife Kristy Ortega, executive director of United Way of Northern New Mexico. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce held its 2014 Annual Banquet – La Noche Encantada – Saturday night at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

New Mexico’s largest “black tie” event attracted a sold out crowd with 2,000 VIP guests from around the state and region including Los Alamos. Among the local invited guests were representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory, which also was a banquet sponsor, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos National Bank, Family YMCA, United Way of Northern New Mexico and the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan gave the invocation and Gov. Susana Martinez and Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Alex Romero and Board Chair Robert Sachs spoke at the event. Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry and a number of state senators and representatives also attended together with corporate and community representatives.

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce 2014 Small Business Person of the Year was awarded to owner Paul Chavez of Valley Fence Company.

Rick Trevino performed at Saturday’s event and Juntos Unidos provided music for the dance portion of the evening.

La Noche Encantada is the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s only major fundraiser supporting its program of work. The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce is unique among chambers in that it has four major lines of business including, Small Business Advocacy through Membership, workforce training, Convention & Tourism and Support of Education in New Mexico.

From, left, CEO/President Edna Lopez of Compa Industries, Inc., Los Alamos Chamber Director Katy Korkos and President of Junior Achievement of New Mexico Krista Martinez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

CEO/President Edna Lopez of Compa Industries, Inc., with LANL’s James Kloeppel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan gives the invocation. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The First Gentleman Chuck Franco with his wife Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Alex Romero. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry with his wife Maria during the singing of the National Anthem by Ben Lawry. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd mingles with Gov. Susana Martinez and the First Gentleman. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

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