Cristina J. Fowler, our beloved founding member and long-time director of our Foundation, passed on September 14, 2017.

Cristina was a unique, dedicated and amazing community activist who made innumerable contributionsto the Hispanic community in the New Orleans area over the years. She was the first organizer of the Azúcar Ball, an event which has generated funds for over 800 scholarships to students of Hispanic heritage who have demonstrated a willingness to work hard. Cristina was selfless and dedicated and touched the hearts of all of us who knew her with her beautiful example of Christian charity and love of her family and faith. She was always concerned about the less fortunate, the poor and all of those who needed help.

May she rest in peace. Our Foundation will continue the job that Cristina started and will work harder than ever in order to accomplish the mission envisioned by her and her husband George.

In lieu of flowers Cristina’s family has requested that donations be made to the Foundation, whose mission Cristina greatly supported and worked so hard to fulfill. 

Click here to make a donation in memory of Cristina Fowler



Art Exhibit NEW PERSPECTIVES and Musical Performance  

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Our Mission
The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation was founded in 1989 by a group of local Hispanic professionals in New Orleans. Our mission revolves around investing in the education of talented and hard working local Hispanic students as a means for creating responsible and educated capable citizens and future successful professionals that can lead New Orleans to bigger and better things. Through our Scholarships Program we seek, encourage and support talented Hispanic high-school students by providing them with educational scholarships at local schools participating in the NOHHF Scholarships Program. We also support local artistic and cultural activities, particularly those related to or associated with Hispanic themes and the Hispanic community. We have also recently begun to develop a mentoring program to help Hispanic young men and women develop their academic and professional careers. We feel very strongly that this is a very sound and promising investment for the future of New Orleans and Louisiana.


Cartier-Style Diamond and Gold Necklace

This is a gorgeous 14K yellow gold estate Cartier Panther-style necklace. It features a beautiful geometric link design and is centered with approximately 36 sparkling round-cut diamonds having an approximate total weight of 0.70 carats. The diamonds have an average color of “H-I” and an average clarity of “VS2”. The necklace measures 9 mm in width and 18 inches in length, and weighs 35.5 grams. This item will be raffled on the night of December 2nd at the 2017 Azúcar Ball. Tickets may be purchased at or directly from members of the 2017 Azúcar Ball Committee. Only 100 tickets will be sold. $75 per ticket.

2017 Scholars Ceremony

The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation honored its 2017 scholars from the finest public, private and parochial schools in the New Orleans area, awarding 53 scholarships and providing the environment for the scholars and their families to meet their heads of schools and school counselors, as well as the members of the Board of Directors of the NOHHF and many friends and sponsors of the Foundation. 34 graduating seniors and 19 underclassmen from 17 participating local high schools were recognized at the 2017 ceremony and reception which took place at the Henson Auditorium of Isidore Newman School, in New Orleans, on April 26th.

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2017 Azúcar Ball

The 2017 Azúcar Ball promises to be a fantastic affair. Our most important fundraising event of the year will take place Saturday, December 2nd at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Avenue, starting with the Patron Party at 7:00PM and followed by a fun-filled Ball at 8:00PM. Great music, dancing, food from New Orleans’ finest restaurants, great silent auction, a unique raffle and much more. Mark your calendar!! Save-the-date cards are being sent out prior to the invitations.

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