Honorary Gala Chair
Sony Rego is this year’s Honorary Gala Chair. Mrs. Rego is the co-owner and manager of Republic of the Rio Grande, Santa Fe Steakhouse and Cantina, and University Drafthouse.
A native of Jalisco, MX, Rego spent her formative years in Mexico City. She is the daughter of a ranch foreman turned forklift driver and a strong-willed homemaker and mother of five children. She holds a Master's Degree and completed an internship at the United Nations as part of her studies. Her fast-growing business endeavors began in retail, and she eventually became the sole female buyer of the largest women’s apparel retailer in Mexico City. She has run several departments in transnational companies including Radio Shack and IBM. Her passion for entrepreneurship led her, along with her husband Albert, to create a food-distribution business that serviced Mexican military bases and 7-Eleven convenience stores in Mexico City. Upon settling in the Rio Grande Valley, the Regos built their dining establishments which are mainstays of the community. Their Santa Fe Wine Classic, a premier wine and food celebration, funds scholarships and education initiatives, and the University Drafthouse Beer Fest benefits the Cultural and Arts Foundation of the City of Edinburg. Sony was recognized by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce as Volunteer of the Year in 2014.
Rego is joined in planning and fundraising for the event by the VSO gala committee chaired by VSO Board President Philip K. Brown. The gala committee consists of organization board members and supporters from across the community.