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Adelante Awards

The Adelante Awards recognizes the contributions and achievements of individuals, entrepreneurs, and corporations in the St. Louis Metro Area. In keeping with the HCC mission, the awards focus on Hispanic & Latino businesses and professionals as well as on non-Hispanic & Latino companies and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the community at large.


This gala is the main fundraising event for the HCCSTL and this year will take place on Friday, October 27th, 2023 at the Chase Park Plaza. 

Ways to get involved.

  • Individual tickets:
    • HCC members: $125
    • Non-Member: $200
  • Program B&W ads 
    • Full page ad: $500
    • Half page ad: $250
    • One-eight page ad: $100
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Sponsorship opportunities:

For more information and to register, please contact Fernanda Estrada-Ridaura at

2022 Adelante Awards - Define your Power

On Friday, October 28, at the “Four Seasons” hotel in downtown St. Louis, the “2022 Adelante Awards” awards ceremony was held.

This award ceremony was sponsored by several companies including the St. Louis Children Hospital & Enterprise Holdings.

The master of ceremonies was Carol Daniel from KMOX, and the guest of honor was Domenika Lynch, who spoke about the importance of defining your power and knowing the resources available for the Latino/Hispanic community.

2022 Keynote Speaker

Domenika Lynch, executive director of the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program. (Photo by Denny Henry)

Domenika Lynch

Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program (AILAS) in Washington, D.C.

2022 Adelante Awards video

2022 Adelante Awards photos


"What a grand party. The Adelante Awards, hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has a vibe very similar to the Academy Awards. Upon arrival, the guests are pampered with pre-party fun. When the doors open to the grand hall, everyone enters taking their seat at elegantly decorated tables. The entertainment is festive, and the food is not only delicious, but art masterpieces are displayed on the plates. We were nominated for the Civic Award of the Year, and it was a tie. I remember when the first winner was announced, and we sat waiting for the second winner’s name. The anticipation was killing us when we heard our name announced. All of us jumped up screaming as if we had won a million dollars. We began hugging each other and making our way to the stage. The award plaque is breathtaking, and the photo flashes made everything feel like a dream. Thank you, HCC, for recognizing our hard work in the community."

Katie Heaton, Latino Roundtable Chairman


Wow! I am still walking on cloud 9! From the reception to the dinner, the Adelante Awards committee of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) made sure attendees, nominees, and winners felt special and seen. The awards ceremony was high-class and yet, felt like home as we dined with family, colleagues, and friends. As a winner of the Hispanic Lifetime Achievement Award, the art piece I received as the award is indicative of the attention to detail demonstrated by the committee. This was not a plastic, marble, or wood plaque. It is a work of art intricately drawn with colorful threads like the St. Louis Latino community, who came from many countries and became one. The award showcases the Huichol people from northern Jalisco, part of Nayarit, Zacatecas and Durango who remain true to their culture to this day. From this Latina Veteran who loves and supports all cultures and their people, to the HCC, muchas gracias! Friends, next year when you see the ads go out for this event, get your ticket right then and there. You don't want to miss it!

Esmeralda Aharon, Program Director, Staff and Community Engagement. Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Saint Louis University, School of Medicine.

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