IGNC Annual Calendar

June 27, 2019 2019-2020 Abrazo Children Application

Application due by 5:00 PM

Monday, August 12, 2019 Abrazo Children Announcement

Formal announcement of the 2019-2020 Abrazo Children. 5:30 PM @ La Posada

September 28, 2019 IGNC / CIBV Fundraiser Party

An annual fundraiser party to promote good relations between our two countries, and organizations. It also helps to promote new members and the proceeds of the event, help us with our events throughout the year. To be held at the Palos Garza Ranch, Laredo, Texas, 8:00 PM

December 7, 2019 Christmas Project

An annual project to involve our Abrazo Children and to help out our local community and sister city. 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM

January 18, 2020 IGNC / CIBV Abrazo Children Reception

An annual reception which shows off and honors our 2019-2020 Abrazo Children. To be held at the La Posada Hotel, Laredo, Texas, San Agustin Ballroom, 6:30 PM

January 23, 2020 WBCA Commander’s Reception

An annual WBCA event where IGNC/Consejo have a booth to show off our two organizations and our Abrazo Children. To be held at the Sames Auto Arena, Laredo, Texas – 7:00 PM

February 22, 2020 WBCA Breakfast

Sponsored by La Posada Hotel. To be held at the La Posada Hotel, Laredo, Texas, San Agustin Ballroom, 6:30 AM

February 22, 2020 International Bridge Ceremony

The highlight of our 2019-2020 Abrazo Children with their customary Abrazo. 7:30 AM

February 22, 2020 Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade

9:00 AM

Christmas Projects

Hospital Civil Christmas Season Project

The International Good Neighbor Council is proud to sponsor Hospital Civil for its annual Christmas Project. The project, initiated in 1995, seeks donations of toys and supplies for newborns and their mothers who are patients at the Nuevo Laredo hospital during the Christmas holidays.
Hospital Civil is selected each year as the appropriate place to deliver gifts and necessities because of the economic and social needs of its clients. The hospital is a maternity hospital that also cares for pediatric patients, so the goal each year is to collect necessary items for newborns, their parents, and their siblings.
Many Nuevo Laredo physicians dedicated to the well being of their patients provide services at this hospital, and thanks to the leadership of numerous directors, the hospital is well maintained and services a large number of patients through many social organizations.
Through everyone’s efforts, including many volunteers, IGNC members are able to assemble approximately 30 diaper bags for newborns, and an additional 30 goody bags for their mothers, which include necessities such as soap, deodorant and shampoo. An additional 200 toys are also distributed to children of all ages who attend the Advent Season Posadas.

A Day at the Movies for Bethany House Children

As a special treat during the holiday season, children living at the Bethany House Shelter Complex/Transitional Housing are treated to the movies by the (current year) Abrazo Children.
For the children living at the shelter, a movie is a treat that most cannot afford. Initiating this project is certainly a labor of love so that these children can forget their circumstances—at least for a day—during the holiday season.
The International Good Neighbor Council (IGNC) Laredo Chapter was founded in 1961. The objective was to promote friendship between the countries of the Western Hemisphere, with a focus on the United States and Mexico.

Other Projects

U.S. Citizenship / Naturalization Ceremony

Two or three times a year, members of the International Good Neighbor Council enthusiastically welcome new U.S. citizens with a flag pin, as well as provide them with voter registration information, during their Citizenship Ceremony held in U.S. Federal Court. This beautiful ceremony is a reflection of what the United States offers immigrants, a safe and culturally diverse country.


Fall Social Fundraising Project

In the fall of each year, the IGNC Laredo Chapter and the Consejo de Nuevo Laredo host a festive social bringing members from both organizations together for a night of fun. The themed-event raises funds for club projects and scholarships, and traditionally, brings out hundreds of supporters from both sides of the border.


Renato Zapata / IGNC Endowed Scholarship at Texas A&M International University

The purpose is to award scholarships to deserving students attending Texas A&M International University who meet the following criteria:

  1. Junior or Senior majoring in Business Administration intending to pursue a career in International Trade.
  2. Grade point of 3.0 higher on a 4.0 scale
  3. Preference will be given to eligible candidates in the following order:
  4. United States Citizen who is a resident of Laredo, Texas
  5. Mexican National

If you have any questions or would like to apply, please contact Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas.

IGNC Jim Parish Endowed Scholarship Fund at Laredo College

The purpose is to award scholarships to deserving students attending Laredo College who meet the following criteria:

  1. Middle-income individual pursuing a career in Education.
  2. Grade point of 3.0 higher

If you have any questions or would like to apply, please contact Laredo College in Laredo, Texas.