Renaissance with the Stars: Puttin' on the Ritz

Meet the dancers | Meet the emcees | Event schedule

Saturday, Aug. 19 | 5 - 10 p.m. | The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Similar to the popular television show, Dancing with the Stars, “STAR” business and community leaders accept the challenge to train with professional dancers. They compete in front of a live audience and distinguished panel of judges to showcase their talents with one goal in mind … to raise funds and awareness about the issues and opportunities related to African Americans in our city. This signature event guarantees a memorable star-studded night filled with flavorful cuisines, fancy footwork, a showcase of San Antonio’s best musical and dance performers, and extraordinary fun!

The Renaissance with the Stars Gala is an outreach event hosted by the San Antonio Area African American Community Fund and is open to the community. Since 2008, the SAAAACF has committed to unite and inspire the San Antonio area to invest in a living legacy in support of the city's African American community. With the help of individuals, businesses and organizations like you, SAAAACF has raised over $300,000 to support the growing and critical needs of African American families, students, rising professionals, entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and our elderly.

We invite you to support our mission of strengthening the organizations, neighborhoods and ideasthat are directly impacting our community.


All sponsorships are sold

Harlem Sponsor Title - $15,000 Donation (SOLD OUT)

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Lenox Lounge - $10,000 Donation (SOLD OUT)

  • Two premier tables with plated dinner service for 10
  • Complimentary bar service
  • Logo recognition in program, live and on-screen
  • Opportunity to air one 30 second – 1 minute commercial during the event
  • Half page ad in event program
  • Customized benefit option

Apollo Sponsor - $5,000 Donation (SOLD OUT)

  • One table with plated dinner service for 10 
  • Logo recognition in program, live and on-screen
  • Quarter page ad in event program

Cotton Club Sponsor - $2,500 Donation (SOLD OUT)

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Tickets are SOLD OUT


Meet the dancers

Dr. Dianna Burns-Bank
Pediatrician, co-owner of South Texas Center for Pediatric Care 

Tomas Larralde 
Chief of staff, State Sen. Jose Menendez 

Carmen Nava-Fischer, Ph.D
Natural sciences department chairperson; chemistry and earth sciences, associate professor, St. Philip’s College 

Joseph Millhouse 
Associate vice president, Merrill Lynch Private Banking Investment Group, Nelson Wood Gosdin and Associates 

Jenerica Robinson
Gas distribution engineer, CenterPoint Energy-South Texas Region


Meet the emcees

Taylor Mobley
Associate producer, San Antonio Living 

Vincent Hardy 

Professor of theater, St. Philip's College


Event schedule

5 p.m. - Cocktail hour for sponsors

6 p.m. - Doors open for general admission

7 p.m. - Program


303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114
San Antonio, TX 78215

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