The LaMantia Family has had their roots in South Texas for more than five decades, led by Joe LaMantia Jr., a first generation American. The family has successfully established businesses in agriculture and in the beer industry, with L&F Distributors operating in 34 counties throughout Texas and New Mexico and employing more than 900 people.

The family is a strong supporter of educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. Through their efforts with the South Texas Academic Rising Scholars (STARS) Program, the family has changed a generation of Valley students, including hundreds of South Texas College (STC) students.

Now STC’s Valley Scholars Program will highlight all of the family’s efforts at its 5th annual scholarship fundraiser, A Night with the Stars. At the event on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, the program will honor the LaMantia Family for its community leadership and continued support of creating a college-going culture in the Valley. The event takes place from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at The Club at Cimarron. Tickets are $50.

“There is no doubt that the Valley would not be what it is today without pioneering entrepreneurs like the LaMantia Family,” said Marie Olivarez, coordinator of STC’s Valley Scholars Program. “We are proud to call them supporters of the college and hope their vision of a brighter future for our region inspires our students to reach for the stars. Mr. Joe LaMantia Jr. is a symbol to our students, who are primarily the first-generation in their families to attend college, that anything is possible if you are ready and willing to put in the work. It will be a special evening for all in attendance.”

All proceeds from the event will benefit STC’s Valley Scholars Program, which was founded in 1997 to provide financial assistance, academic support services, mentoring, and leadership development to academically talented and highly motivated students. More than 400 students have graduated through the program and gone on to study at premier universities around the nation.

For additional information and to purchase tickets visit http://www.southtexascollege.edu/nightwithstars/index.html or call 956-872-2621.