On June 23, 2006, the American Immigration Law Foundation (AILF) held its annual benefit dinner and awards program. AILF is a non profit, educational, charitable organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of the value of immigration to American society and to advancing fundamental fairness and due process under the law for immigrants. This year, AILF saluted the contribution of Mexican Americans to the United States and honored four individuals: Carlos Alvarez, business leader; Carmen Lomas Garza, artist; Alma Lopez, appeals court judge; and Victor Villasenor, author.

The event was hosted by Monica Navarro, news anchor for KWEX in San Antonio, and featured performances by the Guadalupe Dance Academy, the Guadalupe Mariachi and the San Antonio Independent School District Mariachi Band.

Paparelli & Partners LLP was a proud sponsor of the event. More information is available at http://www.ailf.org/awards/benefit2006/.