2015 Fashion Show with the Stars

A bilingual television journalist, Carmen María Montiel has served as a news host for the GOP Convention, a producer for WSJK-Channel 2, and a TV host for Venevision, Complicidades. She spent two years on the board of directors for the Institute of Hispanic Culture. Carmen María Montiel has also assisted with numerous charitable fundraising events.

Recently, Carmen María Montiel served as chairperson of the Fashion Show with the Stars, hosted by the Latino Learning Center. The fashion show featured Ms. Ximena Navarrete who earned the title of Miss Universe in 2010, performances from Alex Syntek and Martha Sanchez, and fashions from LUCHO Boutique and Fifty Shades of Blue, Red & Yellow. Designs from Mexican fashion designer Benito Santos also appeared.

The Fashion Show with the Stars took place on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, at the Wortham Center in Houston, Texas. The event, an annual tradition, funds services to seniors and people with disabilities throughout the area, as well as various programs for vocational training and education.


UNICEF Partnership Focuses on Helping Children through Technology

In a recent press release, UNICEF announced that it has partnered with ARM to advance the creation of innovative technologies that can overcome the obstacles stopping millions of families from receiving health and education services. The multiyear partnership is designed to help UNICEF deliver more rapid and comprehensive aid to children who are affected by mass urbanization, social barriers, and economic divides.

To begin the partnership, UNICEF and ARM united with frog, an international product strategy and design company, to launch the Wearables for Good challenge, which focuses on developing new devices that address child and maternal health issues in emerging economies. The UNICEF/ARM partnership has also established a longer-term plan to perform research in developing nations in an effort to assess and endorse market opportunities.

About the Author:

Carmen Maria Montiel

Over the course of her career as a television journalist, Carmen Maria Montiel served as a news anchor and producer for programs on stations like Telemundo-Houston and WKPT-TV ABC. Carmen Maria Montiel now focuses primarily on philanthropic pursuits and holds a number of leadership roles with charitable organizations, including a position on the Board of Directors of UNICEF.

Fund-Raising Events Support Latino Learning Center’s Housing Programs

Carmen Maria Montiel

Carmen Maria Montiel, who enjoyed a successful career as an award-winning bilingual television journalist, currently focuses her efforts on a wide range of philanthropic endeavors. Recently, Carmen Maria Montiel has led a number of events, such as the 2015 Night with the Stars Gala, for the Latino Learning Center in Houston.

These fund-raising events benefit seniors and citizens with disabilities by supporting the center’s various programs and services, including its housing initiatives. In response to a lack of affordable housing for seniors and adults with disabilities, the Latino Learning Center founded two communities, the Eastwood John Goldberg Apartments and the South Houston Vista Apartments.

The Eastwood John Goldberg Apartments were established in 2000 when seniors were rapidly being displaced due to rising property values in the East End. Comprised of 65 units, the senior housing community was completely filled within a week of opening and there remains a one-year waiting list. The housing project was formed through a $236,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank and a $3.6 million grant from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.

The South Houston Vista Apartments are located in a serene area near the City of South Houston, with the community’s 46 units nestled in a gated community. With a total of 22 one-bedroom units and 14 efficiencies, the apartments spread across one-story buildings that contain six to eight units.

Vocational Programs at the Latino Learning Center

Carmen Maria Montiel

A longtime supporter of the Latino Learning Center in Houston, Texas, Carmen Maria Montiel chaired the organization’s annual fashion show in March 2015. Thanks to the efforts of Carmen Maria Montiel and other supporters, the Latino Learning Center sponsors a broad range of human support services for members of the Latino community. In particular, the Center offers vocational training in residential air conditioning and refrigeration.

Designed to address gaps in adult education services for low-income Houston residents, the Bilingual Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program teaches students about the theory and principles of this field. After spending the first two weeks learning about mechanical refrigeration and various system components, students begin operating welding equipment and learning about electricity and circuits.

As a result of the program, the community at large benefits from an increased in trained workers. Students also enjoy a boost in spending power as they advance, which has a positive economic impact on their own communities.