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Cullen Gala

Thursday, October 10, 2024

6:00 p.m.

Hilton Americas Hotel 
1600 Lamar Street
Houston, TX 77010


The inaugural “Cullen Gala” Red Carpet Extravaganza! celebrates how far engineering and technology have come in the Houston region and UH Cullen College’s impact on the next generation of industry leaders.

Cullen Gala Chair

Zafar "Zaf" Tahir (’84, MBA ’99, JD)
Member Cullen Board & Commissioner Houston Planning

Honorary Committee

(as of May 22, 2024)

UH Engineering Alumni Association
The Honorable Sallie Alcorn (MBA '91), Council Member At Large, City of Houston
LaShonda Anderson-Williams
The Honorable Fred Flickinger, Council Member District E, City of Houston
Kayoor Gajarawala, CDIO, LyondellBasell (’90)
Chris Hollins, City Controller, City of Houston
Uzma Zaki Kamal (BSEE ’90, MBA ’15) & Saiyid Zafar Kamal, Ph.D. (BSME ’84, MSME ’87, PhD ’90)
The Honorable Jon Keeney, Mayor, City of Taylor Lake Village
Margaret A. Kidd, CMILT, CPE™ ('85, MA '08)
Wayne Klotz (’76)
Eliza Paul (’88), Texas Department of Transportation & The Honorable Dennis Paul (’86, MSCE ’91), Texas House of Representatives District 129
Mackrena Ramos, LAN (’99) & Michael Ramos (’00) 
Aminta Rosenthal & The Honorable Jon Rosenthal, Texas House of Representatives District 135
Art Schroeder (MBA '99)
Lisa Sikora (’90, MBA ’91) & David Sikora (’86, MBA)
Ravi Singhania (’73), Commissioner, Port Freeport
Jim Szczesniak, Director, Houston Airport Systems
Jorge L. Trevino, P.E.
Michael Viator (’83) 
Meera Victor, Vice President, Carollo Engineers 
Giti Zarinkelk, P.E., Honorary Consul of the Republic of Namibia & Michael J. Bagstad, P.E.
Nancy Zimmerman & The Honorable Joe R. Zimmerman (’83), Mayor, Sugar Land


Cullen Gala Nominations

Nominate a Cullen College of Engineering alumni for a 2024 Cullen Gala award! Click here to download the nomination packet.


Gala Sponsorships

Event Sponsor — $10,000
VIP Event reception, two tables of ten with premier seating and tableside wine service, event sponsor recognition and branding, company name included in all press materials, logo with a click through to your website on the awards gala site, and recognition from the podium. (FMV = $6,000)

Cougar Red! Sponsor — $5,000
VIP Event reception, one table of ten with premier seating and tableside wine service, prominent recognition of sponsorship in event materials, company name included in all press materials, logo with a click through to your website on the awards gala site, and recognition from the podium. (FMV = $3,000)

Silver Sponsor — $3,500
One table of ten with priority seating, prominent recognition of sponsorship in event materials, logo with a click through to your website on the awards gala site. (FMV = $2,350)

Bronze Sponsor — $2,500
One table of ten, recognition of sponsorship in event materials. (FMV = $2,350)

Patron — $1,000
Two tickets for you plus two sponsored tickets provided to students. (FMV $470)

Individual — $250
(FMV = $235)


Underwriting Opportunities

Entertainment — $3,000 
Recognition on event materials. (FMV = $0)

Decorations — $2,500 
Recognition on event materials. (FMV = $0)

Raffle — $1,500 
Recognition on event materials. (FMV = $0)

Program — $1,000 
Recognition on event materials. (FMV = $0)


PROGRAM

6:00 p.m. — Reception

7:20 p.m. — Red Carpet Welcome

7:30 p.m. — Dinner

8:00 p.m. — Celebrating Cullen

8:30 p.m. — Raffle Drawing

9:00 p.m. — Closing Toast

Cocktail Attire
Valet Parking available


For sponsorship and event information, please contact:
Cathy Brown, cmbrow31 [at] central.uh.edu (cmbrow31[at]central[dot]uh[dot]edu)
Director of Relations, Cullen College of Engineering
713-743-2804