HENRY B. GONZALEZ CONVENTION CENTER
City opens Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as shelter while CPS crews work to restore power
San Antonio city leaders announced on Saturday that the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center would be utilized as a shelter while CPS Energy crews continue to work to restore power to more than 5,000 area customers following severe thunderstorms.
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Dozens find shelter from the cold inside convention center in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – A place known for hosting meetings became the spot for heating and a shelter from the cold for dozens of San Antonio residents whose homes are without electricity due to the wintry weather. The city of San Antonio opened up the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Tuesday night to use it as a warming shelter. The convention center will remain open Wednesday, city officials said. Anthony Grey was one of the 220 people who showed up at the convention center, hoping to escape a harsh reality at home. Laura Mayes, a spokeswoman for the city, said the warming center will remain open throughout the day Wednesday.
Here’s a list of warming centers in San Antonio and surrounding area
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – Multiple warming centers have been made available across the San Antonio area to help residents who have lost power and remain stuck in the cold and dark. San Antonio city officials said the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will remain open through Friday as a warming center. Southside ISD opened up a 24-hour warming center at Losoya Middle School Gym, at 1610 Martinez Losoya Road. The City of New Braunfels will also provide a warming center at the New Braunfels Civic and Convention Center at 375 South Castell Ave. To find the closest warming shelter, please use the map here or for information on additional assistance and resources call 2-1-1.
Families relieved to find warmth, safety arrive at city’s warming center
SAN ANTONIO – Families looking for a warm place to stay finally found relief Tuesday as the City of San Antonio opened up a warming center at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Carl Serth, his wife, daughter and grandson were among the first to arrive at the warming center after trying to survive at home since 5 a.m. Tuesday without any power. San Antonio police officers drove others to the shelter. Families said they were grateful to finally have a warm place for their frightened little ones. The warming center can fit up to 500 people and possibly more.
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to remain open Wednesday as warming center in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO – The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center will remain open Wednesday as a warming center for San Antonio residents, city officials said. Anyone needing transportation help in getting to the convention center can call 311. The convention center will take up to 500 people although capacity may increase if needed, Walsh said. Several hundred cots and food will be available at the convention center, Walsh said. Residents are urged to take their own clothing and medicine and whatever other necessary items they may need.
Animal Care Services employee fired for leaving euthanized dog in transport vehicle
SAN ANTONIO – An employee with Animal Care Services fired last year after leaving a euthanized dog in a transport vehicle has lost his bid to be reinstated, according to Human Resources records provided to the KSAT 12 Defenders. The deceased dog remained in the mule for nearly 24 hours, according to city records. The commission unanimously recommended that Perez’s termination be upheld, and City Manager Erik Walsh concurred with the recommendation Dec. 21, city records show. Richard Jasso (KSAT)In March, a city facilities manager found Jasso asleep in a security post near a loading dock, records show. Three months later, in September 2019, the interim general manager again found Jasso asleep as the GM was leaving for the day.
San Antonio Thanksgiving tradition pivots to doorstep deliveries due to pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – Not even a pandemic could stop the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner this year, but it did need to pivot from a crowded ballroom filled with food and festivities at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to doorstep deliveries. A spokeswoman said Corazon Ministries and SAMM Ministries also picked up meals to distribute to the city’s homeless population. “You’d be amazed by what happens when people come together for the right reasons,” said Raul Jimenez III, the founder’s grandson. The event started in 1979 by his grandfather, a restaurant owner and businessman, to provide seniors and anyone else in need the Thanksgiving dinners they wouldn’t otherwise have. The long-standing tradition involves serving up 25,000 meals at the Convention Center.
Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner reaches full capacity in meal requests, closes registration
SAN ANTONIO – The Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner, which is usually held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, will be delivering meals to those in need instead of hosting the event in person this year due to COVID-19. And, as of Thursday, planners of the event said it had reached its full capacity for meal requests and has closed registration. Anyone that is still in need of a Thanksgiving meal is urged to contact the San Antonio Food Bank or Meals on Wheels San Antonio for further assistance. Planners of the annual dinner said its goal is to feed up to 10,000 seniors and homeless through its delivery system this year. RELATED: Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner will not be in person this year
Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner will not be in person this year
SAN ANTONIO – Every year, approximately 25,000 people fill the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to celebrate Thanksgiving at the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner. “This year, our goal is to feed up to 10,000 seniors and homeless through a homebound delivery system,” said Jessica Jimenez, Raul Jimenez’s granddaughter. “One of the things that some people might not know about the Thanksgiving dinner is that we’ve actually had a homebound delivery system in our organization for more than 10 years. So, we last year fed close to 3,000 seniors in underprivileged families through homebound delivery where the meals were picked up and then delivered to their home. Related Stories:Julián Castro and family serve at 40th Annual Raul Jiménez Thanksgiving DinnerRaul Jimenez’s daughter leads organizing efforts of San Antonio Thanksgiving tradition
Big Texas Comicon cancels September event in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO Another popular event has been canceled in San Antonio during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Big Texas Comicon recently made the announcement that this Septembers event at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center would have to be canceled. Fiesta San Antonio canceled for 2020 because of coronavirusThe announcement states that there simply wasnt a way to protect the health of attendees, guests, artists, vendors and staff. Austin City Limits music festival canceled for 2020 because of coronavirusBig Texas Comicon does plan to return in 2021. Other big events to cancel this year include Fiesta, Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg and the State Fair of Texas.
Texas coaching convention goes virtual, canceling San Antonio event
SAN ANTONIO With COVID-19 cases surging in San Antonio, one convention scheduled in the city this year has officially pulled out. The Texas High School Coaches Association Convention and Coaching School is going to an all-virtual event. The THSCA convention was scheduled for July 19 to July 21 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Visit San Antonio reports that 36 conventions in San Antonio have been canceled this year with an economic impact of $140 million lost. There are still more than 130 conventions and off-site meetings scheduled in the Alamo City, according to Visit San Antonio officials.
Texas coaching convention goes virtual, cancels last remaining convention in San Antonio in 2020
SAN ANTONIO With COVID-19 cases surging in San Antonio, the only remaining convention scheduled in the city this year has officially pulled out. The Texas High School Coaches Association Convention and Coaching School is going to an all-virtual event. The THSCA convention was scheduled for July 19 to July 21 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. It was the only remaining convention scheduled in San Antonio after all of the others scrapped their plans months ago due to the pandemic. Visit San Antonio reports that 36 conventions in San Antonio have been canceled this year with an economic impact of $140 million lost.
High School Coaches convention will happen in July in San Antonio
SAN ANTONIO The Texas High School Coaches Association announced this week that it will hold its annual convention in July in San Antonio. Visit San Antonio President and CEO Cassandra Matej said her organization is going over safety protocols in anticipation of the convention. "Coaches recognize and value great preparation, and thats what theyre going to enjoy when they return to San Antonio.There is no better opportunity of bringing Texas back together than through our Coaches and the Miracle of the Huddle, Texas High School Coaches Association Executive Director Joe Martin said in a news release. What thats going to tell the world is San Antonio is open for business and for conventions. We can do it and we can do it safely.Visit San Antonio reports that 36 conventions in San Antonio have been canceled this year with an economic impact of $140 million lost.
Plans to reopen Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center still in the works
SAN ANTONIO The first test of how the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center would host large gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown remains in limbo. Visit San Antonio has two conventions, Herbalife and the Texas High School Coaches Association, set for July. Greg Abbott to announce guidelines for convention centers to safely reopen. We can do so with conventions, just like we have begun to open up malls, by following safe strategies, Abbott said. They can manage the flow of attendees.Matej said thankfully the massive convention facility was expanded and renovated several years ago.
Culinaria Grand Tasting 2015
SAN ANTONIO – Local and visiting chefs hosted the Grand Tasting at The Grotto at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Saturday night to raise money culinary scholarships, Chefs 4 Chefs and Culinaria's Urban Farm project. The event was part of Culinaria's Festival Week, a five-day series of dinners, charity auctions and tastings. A silent auction was held inside the convention center to benefit the Hope for Hospitality fund.