Texas Municipal League Returns to McAllen to Empower Texas Cities to Serve their Citizens

Texas Municipal League (TML) returns to McAllen July 31st through August 2nd with its TML Hometown Workshop and Public Funds Investment Act Training for community leaders. The three days of meetings will be attended by 75 to 100 community leaders, generating an estimated $52,500.00 for local businesses.

TML exists to serve the needs and advocate the interests of cities and city officials. The TML Constitution states that the purpose of the League is “to render services which individual cities have neither time, money nor strength to do alone.”

The theme of TML’s Hometown Workshop is: Your Legal and Ethical Role as a Community Leader. Those attending this workshop will hear from experts about harassment in the workplace, diversity and inclusion, ethical governance, and succession planning.

“We are so pleased to have the Texas Municipal League in McAllen again,” said Lisa Ramirez, Sales Manager at Visit McAllen. “McAllen is a great match and we hope TML will continue to offer workshops here to empower Texas cities to serve their citizens.”

If you are a member of an association or organization and would like to host your conference in McAllen, please contact Visit McAllen (McAllen Convention & Visitors Bureau) at 956-682-2871 to find out if your group qualifies for incentives.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Sponsors Neon Nights 5k

Dick’s Sporting Goods is the official apparel sponsor for MXLAN’s Neon Nights 5k run. The family-friendly run will take place on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 8:30pm and is the opening event of McAllen’s 5-day summer music and interactive arts festival, MXLAN.

The race starts at the McAllen Convention Center and takes runners through West Side Park where the vibrant 3.1-mile course continues through McAllen’s Nature Center amid the glow of neon pathways and vibrant trails.

“We are excited to name Dick’s Sporting Goods as the official apparel sponsor,” said Robert Lopez, Interim Vice President, Visit McAllen, “we are encouraging runners to dress the part and purchase their neon race apparel at the store.”

The nighttime neon run honors the runners of Mexico’s ancient highlands with a night of vibrant lights, DJ music and energy.  Early registration is $30 and includes a commemorative t-shirt, finisher’s medal, glow gear and post-race festivities. Runners are encouraged to register early, as the event is limited to 2,000 participants.

Packet pick up will take place at Dick’s Sporting Goods in McAllen on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm. 

MXLAN is McAllen’s interactive arts & music festival celebrating the past, present, and future of Mexico’s cultural influence on our world. The 5-day festival takes place July 24th – 28th, 2019 at the McAllen Convention Center.

The online registration deadline for the Neon Nights 5k run is Sunday, July 21st at midnight at MXLAN.com. On-site registration is 7pm – 8pm on Wednesday, July 24th at the Palm Lobby in the McAllen Convention Center. 

McAllen to Host Double Pageant

The Miss Texas World America Organization has selected McAllen to host its 2019 Miss Texas World America and Miss Texas Teen World America Double Pageant. The event will be held August 2 & 3, 2019 at the McAllen Convention Center, and is expected to have approximately 500 attendees (including state-wide participants and audience); generating an estimated $262,500 for local businesses.

“We are delighted the Miss Texas World America Organization chose McAllen for its 2019 Double Pageant, and we are especially grateful to Della Fay Perez- Texas State Director,” said Lisa Ramirez, Convention Sales Manager at Visit McAllen. “Attracting events like this are conceivable with buy-in from local representatives.”

The winners of the Miss Texas World America and Miss Texas Teen World America will advance to the National Pageant in Las Vegas this September 2019.  The National winner of the Miss competition will move on to Miss World. The Miss World final show will be in Thailand in December 2019 where the reigning Miss World, Vanessa Ponce de León, will pass the crown on to the 69th Miss World.

“Since 1951 Miss World has inspired and empowered thousands of young women to use their talents to support the poor, sick and disadvantaged through its ‘Beauty With A Purpose’ charitable program,” said Della Fay Perez- Texas State Director of the Miss Texas World America Organization. “The longest-running international pageant, Miss World is not just a traditional beauty pageant, but rather a platform for women from across the globe to raise awareness and funds in aid of humanitarian causes. The organization prides itself on its philanthropic focus with millions of dollars being raised for good causes every year.”

For more information about the pageant, contact Della Fay Perez at (956) 867-0755. If you are a member of an association or organization and are interested in hosting your event in McAllen, contact Visit McAllen (McAllen Convention and Visitors Bureau) at (956) 682-2871 to find out if your group qualifies for incentives.

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Marisa Butler -Miss World America 2018


Freedom Bank Powers MXLAN’s Volunteers

MXLAN 2019 is coming and Freedom Bank is powering its’ volunteer component. MXLAN is McAllen’s 5-day interactive arts & music festival that celebrates Mexican culture through open-air performances, street food, artisans, and outdoor music. The summer’s premier festival is for a new generation and launches from the McAllen Convention Center July 24th – 28th 2019. 

“The volunteer component of MXLAN involves hundreds of volunteers covering more than 1,400 shifts over the 5 days of happenings,” said Lisa Ramirez, Volunteer Coordinator for MXLAN & Sales Manager at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. “I am overwhelmed with gratitude by the generosity of Freedom Bank for fueling our volunteer efforts.”

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is awarding Community Service Hours, T-shirts, Tickets to Concerts and Gaming Events in exchange for volunteer assistance. 

“Freedom Bank just could not pass up the chance to support the volunteer component of MXLAN,” said Arturo Ortega, Chairman and CEO of Freedom Bank. “A lot of hard work goes into putting on a world class event like this, it is a tremendous opportunity and I encourage all students to take full advantage and gain hands on work experience. We also encourage other businesses to talk to their employees about signing up to volunteer. This is a great opportunity for team building and giving back to the community.”

If you are interesting in volunteering, visit the link to register for specific shifts: http://mxlan.com/mxlan-volunteers. If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Lisa Ramirez at 956-682-2871 or lramirez@visitmcallen.com. For more information on the festival visit: http://mxlan.com/

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Arturo Ortega, Chairman and CEO of Freedom Bank.

Lisa Ramirez – Volunteer Coordinator, MXLAN & Sales Manager, Visit McAllen (McAllen Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau)