María C. Sánchez Banquet

We have all been affected in some way by what happened after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Right now, the focus of most Puerto Rican communities stateside is on helping Puerto Rico and our brothers and sisters on the island to get back on their feet. We are sensitive to that and after much consideration, the gala committee and the Board of Directors of CICD Puerto Rican Parade have agreed to postpone the Maria C. Sanchez Awards Banquet from December 8, 2017 until Spring 2018.

Thinking of our beloved Maria’s leadership, advocacy and connection to our beautiful island, we know she would have dropped everything to go help. We are all being asked to help, especially financially, and the gala should not compete with your urge to contribute where y ou see the biggest need. 

In the next few weeks, we expect an influx of many Puerto Rican families and individuals who will be in the Greater Hartford area experiencing their first winter and “Noche Buena” here. Let’s plan to come together in a cultural celebration with and for them. We hope you can join us in the celebration, and again in the Spring, for the banquet.

In solidarity,

Connecticut Institute for Community Development - Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. and the Maria C. Sanchez Banquet Committee.


For more than 20 years, the Connecticut Institute for Community Development (CICD) Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. (CICD) has recognized well over 100 individuals in memory of our beloved María C. Sánchez for their community leadership, commitment to education and preservation of Puerto Rican arts and culture.

This year, the banquet will take place on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Hilton Hartford. The event will include an evening full of cultural excitement that you will not want to miss as we kick-off the holiday festivities with a “parranda típica” Puerto Rican style!

The banquet will continue to serve as a platform to present educational scholarships to students from the Greater Hartford region. We strongly believe that every child should have access to higher education, as this was part of the legacy left by María. 

This year, our goal to award at least ten $1,000 educational scholarships at the 2017 María C. Sánchez Awards Banquet, to help high school and college students continue their education.

We ask that you help us reach that goal by investing in the event through a sponsorship, hosting a full table, donating a full scholarship or purchasing tickets. We cannot accomplish this without your support.

Below is the sponsorship investment information for your review. We hope you can help us in achieving our goal to help at least ten of our young men and women further their studies.

The deadline for sponsorship investments/advertisements is Friday, November 3, 2017.

Over the next few weeks, we look forward to speaking to you to discuss your involvement.

Click to Sponsor or Purchase Tickets

Isla Level Investment                                                                $5,000.00

  • 10 event registrations with complimentary parking and beverage ticket
  • Reserved dinner table with company name and priority seating
  • Full page (8.5” x 5.5”) full color ad in the program book
  • Recognition on event signage
  • Recognition in opening and closing remarks
  • Company/Organization logo in PowerPoint presentation during event
  • Opportunity to present an award/scholarship
  • Prominent recognition in online event promotion including Social Media

Coquí Level Investment                                                             $3,500.00           

  • 10 event registrations with complimentary parking and beverage ticket
  • Reserved dinner table with company name and priority seating
  • Full page (8.5” x 5.5”) black and white ad in the program book
  • Company/Organization logo in PowerPoint presentation shown during event
  • Recognition in opening and closing remarks
  • Prominent recognition in online event promotion including Social Media

Flamboyán Level Investment                                                    $2,500.00           

  • 6 event registrations with complimentary parking and beverage ticket
  • Reserved dinner table with company name and priority seating
  • Half page (4.25” x 5.5”) black & white ad in the program book
  • Company/Organization logo in PowerPoint presentation shown during event
  • Prominent recognition in online event promotion including Social Media

Full Table Investment                                                                 $1,000.00           

  • 10 event registrations with complimentary parking and beverage ticket
  • Reserved dinner table with company name
  • Company/Organization name listing in the program book

Individual Tickets                                                                        $100.00

with complimentary parking and beverage ticket 

College Student Tickets (with college IDs)                              $75.00

with complimentary parking and beverage ticket

The tax deduction is limited to the excess of the contribution over the fair market value of any items received in exchange for the donation. Please contact your tax advisor for clarification.

To confirm your participation, complete your registration, select your support level and make your payment.

Alternatively, you can send the completed form to us before November 3, 2017 along with your check payable to CICD/PRP, Inc. - Hartford to:

CICD Puerto Rican Parade, Inc.
c/o MCS Banquet
80 Cedar Street, Hartford, CT  06106
2017 Maria C. Sanchez Banquet