Oct. 27, Thursday, 6-9:30 p.m., Jack Cincinnati Casino
The Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA celebrates its 20th anniversary with a gala featuring keynote speaker Vicente Fox Quesada, former president of Mexico.
The gala begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Business attire is requested. Tickets for Hispanic Chamber members are $150 through Sept. 16 and $170 after that; non-members, $175 and $195.
Fox, who served as president from 2000-2006, traces his roots to Cincinnati and will be visiting friends and family while in town. His grandfather, Joseph Louis Fox Flach, was born in Cincinnati in 1865. His work for the Emerson & Fisher carriage factory took him to Irapuato, Mexico, where he fell in love with the Mexican people and found the ideal climate for his respiratory health issues.
Vicente Fox was born in Mexico City, the second of nine children. He established himself in business before entering politics, joining Coca-Cola as a delivery truck driver and ultimately rising to manager of Coca-Cola’s operations in Mexico, and later all of Latin America. During those years with Coca-Cola, he earned a diploma from Harvard.
Entering politics, he served as governor of the state of Guanajuato, then ran for president as candidate of the Alliance for Change, a political coalition party. His victory in the presidential election marked the first time since the Mexican Revolution that the opposition defeated the party in government.
Sara Cecilia Obando, 513-979-6999, or firstname.lastname@example.org