The annual Noche de Amistad® gala serves as an opportunity to recognize outstanding San Antonio residents and their close relationship with Mexico. The annual dinner gala is the primary source of fundraising for SAMFCO and its sister organization, SAMFE. Since the first Noche de Amistad® in 1997, more than 1 million dollars has been raised. In the past 14 years, the Council has presented five Aguila Azteca awards, two Othli awards and eight Amistad awards.
The Amistad Award is made in sterling silver and has a blue topaz, the state stone of Texas, set in it. This unique medallion, with a reference to Mayan and Aztec art, was designed and crafted by Pat Gavin, Master Metalsmith. SAMFCO established the Amistad Award in 2000 to recognize an individual or an organization that personifieds the mission of the Council. Recipients of the Award distinguish themselves by their dedication to strengthening and promoting the cultural and historical ties shared by the citizens of San Antonio and Mexico.
The Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca is the highest decoration awarded by the Mexican government to foreign nationals whose work has benefited Mexico and Mexicans.
The Ohtli Award is the Mexican government’s highest honor for a Mexican national living outside of Mexico who has devoted part of his/her life and professional activities to “forging a new path” abroad for their countrymen and women. The award celebrates and acknowledges the value of the altruistic activities the person engages in on a constant basis, to promote the well-being of fellow Mexicans.