San Antonio.- email@example.com Every April for 11 days, the City of San Antonio celebrates its huge “corazón” and boundless generosity with an unbridled spirit of joy. This year marks the 122nd anniversary of Fiesta and the party starts April 18 and closes April 28.
Parties and events abound, customs and traditions are followed to the ‘T’ – and while it truly is one big party, Fiesta is so much more.
Every event, all the work and all the partying has a philanthropic objective: to raise funds for more than 100 local nonprofit organizations that do essential work throughout the City of San Antonio.
It’s also why Fiesta! is known as the “Party with a Purpose.”
Night in Old San Antonio (NIOSA), one of Fiesta’s most popular events, will take place from April 23 through April 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. during the city’s 11-day long Fiesta celebration.
NIOSA is one of the most successful fundraisers for historic preservation in the nation and practices what it preaches: “Celebration for Preservation.”
The money raised from NIOSA allows the Society to persist in its mission to preserve the historic resources and cultural assets that tell the story of Texas and all the different cultures that make the state so diverse.
NIOSA raises about $1 million, and the Society spends nearly $350,000 annually supporting restoration and preservation of historic properties and parks throughout the city and neighboring counties.
More than $400,000 each year supports education and advocacy programs and projects such as the Heritage Education tours, seminars, community tours, scholarships, the resource library and the house museums.
Since 2003, the Society donated $890,000 to historic restoration projects in La Villita, HemisFair and historic neighborhoods throughout the city through special funds set up with the City of San Antonio.
Earlier this week at a reception at Casa Villita, Conservation Society President Nancy Avellar unveiled the 2013 poster and medal for NIOSA.
Local artist Debra Benditz whose paintings are clearly defined by classical instruction, created the poster for this year’s event.
According to NIOSA organizers, Benditz’s canvases reflect her personal journey and are infused with a strong sense of whimsy. She was recently jury-selected by the Hungarian Multicultural Center to do an artist residency in August 2013 in Budapest.
The stunning 2013 NIOSA cloisonné medal was designed by artist Kathy DeWaal, who is also the 2013 NIOSA Chairperson.
The medals are already available for $10 at the NIOSA office, on the NIOSA website, at The Fiesta Store on Broadway and in NIOSA’s souvenir booths.