Don't miss cocktail hour at 6pm! There will be hor'dourves, photo opportunities, and more...all while being serenaded by our Alumni Violinists!
Dinner begins at 7pm

Why are we having a Gala?

To serve our families and keep tuition affordable!


We have a variety of tables to offer! If you have any questions or need help purchasing your ticket, contact

If you'd like to purchase by check (preferable), you may do so at our front office or by mail:

Holy Child Catholic School

P.O. Box 130

Tijeras, New Mexico 87059

Table for eight

Table for six

If you are a $5,000 or $10,000 sponsor you are a school staff sponsor and may have only 6 seats available for your guests

Table for six

Your donation also qualifies you for Ad space in our Gala program. After your purchase, you can send your logo image and optional message to

If you can't make it to the Gala, but would like your business to be a HCCS Sponsor you can purchase our Advertisement Package

For $250 you can have your logo and optional message on our website, on the Gala Program, and on the large screens during the Gala Night.

At Holy Child Catholic School we believe that fulfilling the call of the Gospel to let the children come to Jesus should be affordable for all Catholic Families. In order to do this, we believe it's of paramount importance to build a sustainable foundation to raise saints and form scholars.

We believe that the contributions of our teachers to the future of our world are priceless and that they should be paid a wage that allows them to be fully immersed in their vocation while being able to provide for their families without the added burden of a second job.

Consider purchasing a table so that you can help us bring the treasures of our Church and our nation to our students where we help them develop into citizens ready to bring the true, good and beautiful to a world in need of their light.

If you can't make it to the Gala, but would like to help us in our mission of creating a sustainable foundation, visit our giving page for details on how to become a monthly donor!


Friday October 21st, 2022 at 7:00pm

Albuquerque Country Club


Cocktail hour with Alumni violin performance



Student performances

Rob Martinez - State Historian

Rick Lopez - "Walk with me"

New Video Premiere

Thank you & Enjoy the Mariachi!


Jessica Garate - Emcee

Jessica Garate is the main evening anchor - 5:30pm and 10:00pm - for KRQE News 13. She has been covering New Mexico news for over 19 years.

Jessica grew up in west Texas and Wyoming and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, where she earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. Her first journalism job was with Wyoming Public Radio, before going to work for KTWO TV in Casper, Wyoming and KWES TV in Midland, Texas.

Jessica has covered everything from education to politics. Last year she won her second Emmy Award for covering the kidnapping and murder of a Farmington woman. Her first Emmy was awarded for her coverage of the death of University of Wyoming college student, Matthew Shepard. Jessica was named a 2021 Woman of Influence by Albuquerque Business First and she has won numerous awards from the Texas Associated Press, Wyoming Association of Broadcasters, and the New Mexico Broadcasting Association.

Jessica moved to New Mexico in 2004 and instantly fell in love with the Land of Enchantment. She engaged to be married in 2023 and has an 8-year-old daughter, and 25-year-old future stepdaughter. She enjoys running in the bosque, playing golf, traveling, and snowboarding.

Richard Lopez - Keynote Speaker

Richard (Rick) Lopez is a motivational speaker that has spoken nationally since 2015. His unique style has earned him the nickname of “The Preacher”. He has presented to groups in Detroit, Milwaukee, Reno, Las Vegas, Austin, Phoenix and Tucson. He brings real life events back to life and down to earth.

Rick was born and raised in the South Valley and his family has been ranching in New Mexico since 1598. He is a Desert Storm Veteran and served as American Legion Commander for 12 years. Rick also serve on the Estancia Valley Catholic Parish Finance Board. It is his deep faith that takes him on the road to bring inspiring messages to those searching for hope.

Rob Martinez - Special Guest

State Historian Rob Martínez is a native New Mexican born and raised in Albuquerque. A graduate of the University of New Mexico with a B.B.A. in International Business Management, Rob then went on to pursue his interest in New Mexican culture and history at U.N.M., earning an M.A. in Latin American history, with an emphasis on church, cultural, and social practices of the Spanish Colonial period in New Mexico.

During his tenure as a graduate student, he was a research assistant for four years at the Vargas Project, learning research skills and paleography, abilities that would serve him well as a historian. Upon graduating, Rob pursued a teaching license and also worked for fourteen years as a research historian for the Sephardic Legacy Project, scouring civil and church archives in New Mexico, Mexico, Spain, France, Italy, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, analyzing documents for a research and publishing project about the Crypto-Jewish phenomenon in New Mexico and the Caribbean.

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Rob has presented papers and lectures on his research at the University of New Mexico, as well as history conferences throughout the southwestern United States. He has also spoken to historical groups in New Mexico such as the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center of New Mexico, the Albuquerque Historical Society, and the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies about research methodology, unique findings, New Mexico Hispanic culture, and general History of New Mexico.

Rob was a teacher at Rio Rancho High School for ten years, educating young New Mexicans about World History, New Mexico History, and Language Arts. Before becoming state historian in 2019, he was deputy state historian for six years at the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives. Rob has published articles on New Mexico history, genealogy and culture in periodicals as diverse as the New Mexico Historical Review, Herencia: The Quarterly Journal of the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center, IMAGEN magazine, Tradición Revista, and the New Mexico Genealogist. Finally, Rob is also a folk musician, performing and promoting New Mexican Hispanic musical traditions for the past twenty years with his brother Lorenzo and their father Roberto Martinez in the group Los Reyes de Albuquerque. With his musical family, Rob has performed in all parts of New Mexico, and on multiple occasions has presented music and New Mexican culture at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington, D.C., the NEA’s National Heritage Fellowship Awards, and also at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Pictured Above: The Gettysburg Address Keepsakes from Fine Arts Night 2022