USC LAA 46th Scholarship Gala

Michael Felix receiving award

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 46th USC Latino Alumni Association Scholarship Gala! This year’s gala highlighted some of our amazing scholars and recognized the outstanding contributions of our proud alumni. If you weren’t able to join us, we invite you to watch this year’s gala here.

Thanks to your exceptional generosity, we raised nearly $34,000 during the gala—more than halfway toward our $60,000 text-to-donate matching challenge! The good news is that there is still time to reach our campaign goal. USC Trustee Carmen Nava ’84 and her husband Robert ’82, along with an anonymous donor, have graciously agreed to continue matching all donations made to this campaign, up to $60,000! Text SCLAA  to 41444 to receive a message about making a donation, and help us reach our goal today!

Legacy Award Honoree

Michael A. Felix ’83

Michael Felix is a financial services professional and dedicated USC supporter who has held numerous leadership positions with USC alumni groups. He most recently served as global head of investment operations for Los Angeles-based The Capital Group Companies, where he oversaw a team of more than 900 associates across the globe until his retirement in July 2019.

Felix earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the USC Marshall School of Business in 1983. He has since served the university in many volunteer roles, including past president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors and past chair of the USC School of Dramatic Arts Board of Councilors, the USC Caruso Catholic Center Advisory Board, and the USC Latino Alumni Associ­ation Corporate Advisory Council. Felix also serves as a board member of USC Associates. The USC Alumni Association recognized his longtime volunteerism with its Alumni Service Award in 2014.

A Southern California native, Felix grew up in Pico Rivera and attended USC as a first-generation college student. He supported himself during school with a work-study job on campus and through other part-time positions. After completing his degree, he worked with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Los Angeles and became a certified public accountant. In 1987, Felix joined The Capital Group Companies and climbed the ranks during the following three decades to his most recent role overseeing global investment operations. He also has served as a director, senior vice president, and treasurer of several other subsidiary companies within the firm.

As his career flourished, Felix began giving back to USC by volunteering with the USC Latino Alumni Association. His connections to the university strengthened when his two daughters, Taylor and Jordan, became students and Song Girls at USC. Their involvement in dance inspired Felix to support the USC School of Dramatic Arts and later the USC Kaufman School of Dance, where his wife, Debbie, serves on the Board of Councilors. The Felix family’s ties to USC continue with son, Austin, who is studying economics.

Felix is the first Latino to have served as president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors. He is now a USC Trustee.

Jorge Campos Franco

2021 Dr. John R. Hubbard Award Honoree

Jorge Campos Franco
Bachelor of Science in Human Biology
Minor in Health Care Studies
Class of 2021

Jorge Campos Franco is a first-generation, pre-medical student from Santa Clarita, California. He is also a USC Trustee Scholar and a former Rose Hills Research Fellow. Over the past two years, he has focused his research on investigating the process of mammalian hippocampal neurogenesis, in hopes of eventually developing treatments for cognitive decline and brain rejuvenation.

During his time at USC, Franco witnessed firsthand the language and cultural barriers that
Hispanic immigrants face when attempting to access and navigate healthcare. To address
these health inequities, he co-founded the Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness
Program (KDSAP) at USC—an organization dedicated to providing free health screenings
and health education to underserved communities in Los Angeles.

Early on, Franco understood the difficulties of navigating college and finding valuable
career opportunities as a first-generation college student. To mitigate these challenges
for others, he became a part of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda
Fraternity Inc. (LUL). As president of LUL, Franco founded the Los Angeles Diversity Career
Conference, which introduces more than 150 students every year to various professional development programs. As a result of his efforts, many underrepresented students have found internships, as well as full-time jobs, with such companies as Facebook, Goldman Sachs and Kaiser Permanente.

Following his graduation from USC, Franco wants to attend medical school, where he will pursue his aspirations of becoming a pediatric neurosurgeon and increasing healthcare accessibility in underserved communities.

Check out our past event photos:

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 

2015 | 2014 | 2013 

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!

 

Presenting Sponsors

 

 

Signature Sponsors

 

Carmen ’84 & Robert Nava ’82
Michael A. Felix ’83 & Family
Rigo Diaz ’89
Susan Garner ’67

 

Benefactor Sponsors

 

 

 

 

 

Trustee Sponsors

 

 

Carmen L. Herrera ’89
Lorena & Joseph Plascencia ’95
Veronica ’94 & Raul Rodriguez ’94

 

Trojan Sponsors

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the 46th Scholarship Gala.  Your support allows us to provide scholarships and professional development programming to undergraduate and graduate students at USC. Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals, companies, and USC schools.  This is a great marketing/branding opportunity while supporting our students.

Please note included in the various sponsorship levels is a custom-designed USC LAA Meal Box.  Food and wine will be delivered the day of the event with easy instructions for reheating and assembling your meal.  Meal delivery is available in most of LA, Orange and Ventura Counties- USC LAA GALA Delivery Zip Codes.

If you would like to support the event but fall outside of the delivery zip codes or are out of state, your donation will be 100% tax deductible. You can also purchase an individual viewing ticket and participate in the event live.

Presenting Sponsor $50,000 (one available) – SOLD!

  • VIP Dinner and Wine for twenty (20) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Nationwide brand exposure during event live stream
  • Recognition during event
  • Full-page advertisement on inside front cover of event program
  • Logo recognition on event collateral, LAA website, social media, and event platform
  • Linked logo recognition on LAA Gala webpage for one year
  • Product placement opportunity
  • Access to virtual after-party

Signature Sponsor $25,000

  • VIP Dinner and Wine for ten (10) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Nationwide brand exposure during event live stream
  • Full-page digital advertisement during gala
  • Recognition during event
  • Logo recognition on event collateral, LAA website, social media, and event platform
  • Linked Logo recognition on LAA Gala webpage for one year
  • Access to virtual after-party

 Benefactor Sponsor $15,000

  • Dinner and Wine for ten (10) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Nationwide brand exposure during event live stream
  • Full-page digital advertisement during gala
  • Recognition during event
  • Logo recognition on event collateral, LAA website, social media, and event platform
  • Access to virtual after-party

Trustee Sponsor $10,000

  • Dinner and Wine for ten (10) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Nationwide brand exposure during event live stream
  • Recognition during event
  • Full-page digital advertisement during gala
  • Logo recognition on event collateral, LAA website, social media, and event platform
  • Access to virtual after-party

 Trojan Sponsor $5,000

  • Dinner and Wine for ten (10) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Half-page digital advertisement in gala program
  • Name recognition on event collateral and LAA website
  • Access to virtual after-party

Friend of the LAA $3500

  • Premier dinner and wine for (4) guests (delivered to their home)
  • Half-page digital advertisement in gala program
  • Access to virtual after-party

 Individual Tickets (meals and wine included)

  • Single Ticket $400: Dinner and Wine for one (delivered to their home) and access to networking, live view of gala program, and after-party.
  • Young Alumni Ticket (35 and under) $350 * 2 maximum per young alumni: Dinner and Wine for one (delivered to their home/ meals must be delivered to same address if 2 tickets purchased), access to networking, live view of gala program, and after-party.

Individual Viewing (no meals or wine included) (100% tax-deductible): $100

  • Access to networking, live view of gala program, and after-party.

 

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Full-Page
Corporations & Associations  $1,000
Individuals (no corporate logo) $500

Half-Page
Corporations & Associations  $500
Individuals (no corporate logo) $250

Gala contributions are tax-deductible with the exception of $150 per ticket

Individual Viewing (no meals or wine included) – 100% tax-deductible

USC Tax ID: 95-1642394

For further questions, please contact Vivian Sampson at 213-740-6187 or Dolores Sotelo at 213 740-4737.

Our annual Scholarship Gala is our premier fundraising event. It provides an opportunity to network with the who’s who of the Latino business community, alumni and friends.

Every year, we present two awards at our gala. Commemorating the legacy of USC’s eighth president, the Dr. John R. Hubbard Award is presented to an outstanding graduating Latino student for academic achievement, leadership and community service. The Legacy Award is presented to an alumnus/a for his or her contributions to USC and the LAA, professional achievements and philanthropy.