On Saturday, Oct. 19, the 2013 St. Pius X High School Foundation Gala raised more than $450,000 and was honored to recognize Anna Marie Pulido Hidalgo and Harold G. Hidalgo, Sr. '59/’59 as the recipients of the Del Sarto Humanitarian Award for their generosity and commitment to the community.
Both Anna Marie and Harold are native Houstonians and members of the first graduating class from St. Pius X High School. They met as classmates and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the gala. Since graduating from SPX in 1959, Anna Marie and Harold have generously and often been involved with St. Pius X. SPX and other charities in the Houston area have been the beneficiary of Anna Marie’s philanthropic efforts, including the CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare and the Good Shepherd Residential Treatment Centre. Harold was a founding member of the St. Pius X High School Foundation and has served as the Foundation’s President and Treasurer. His commitment to Catholic education is evidenced by his being one of the founding members of the Catholic Endowment Foundation of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese, where he has served as President and currently serves as Treasurer. Anna Marie and Harold are active members of St. Michael Catholic Church.
The theme of this year’s gala was An Evening of Latin Elegance. It was held at The Westin Houston, Memorial City, where guests kicked off the evening with cocktails, a silent and a big-board auction, and followed with dinner and a live auction. Notable attendees included long time benefactors and friends of the School Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza, Bishop George Sheltz, Sister Carol Mayes, O.P., Mrs. Raye G. White, 2012 Gala Honoree Trini Mendenhall Sosa, members of both the Foundation Board and the School Board, and Head of School Sister Donna M. Pollard, O.P.
This year’s festivities were organized by the Gala Committee, including Gala Chair Teri O’Connor, with support from the Foundation. Music and entertainment was provided by Yelba and Latin Fire. Funds raised from the gala benefit the St. Pius X Foundation endowment and help to provide funds for financial aid and school operations.
Del Sarto Humanitarian Award
Named for Pope Pius X, Giuseppe Del Sarto, this award exemplifies his tradition of caring for others. He was revered for his great humanitarian efforts, especially his abiding interest and care for children. St. Pius X High School Foundation now proudly bestows the Del Sarto Humanitarian Award as a legacy in his beloved name. The award honors prominent individuals who have made a significant difference in the quality of life in our community.
Note: Additional high-resolution photos of the 2013 Gala are available by contacting Deanna Werner.
About St. Pius X High School
St. Pius X High School was founded by the Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas, in 1956 and was named after Pope St. Pius X of the Roman Catholic Church. SPX teaches approximately 670 students, covers grades nine through 12 and offers 28 courses and exams across 13 subject areas in Honors/AP and dual-credit classesWith 28 courses and exams across 13 subject areas, Honors/AP and dual- credit classes With 28 courses and exams across 13 subject areas, Honors/AP and dual- credit classes. SPX holds 40 state titles in boys and girls athletics and fine arts, and boasts a 100 percent acceptance rate of graduating seniors into leading colleges and universities across the globe.