"Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria Parker will headline the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) annual awards dinner in San Antonio, Texas on Sept. 17.

Longoria Parker released a video invitation to the dinner on Friday, describing herself in the 14 second spot as "a proud Tejana."

The actress was born and raised in Corpus Christi, and her family has been in Texas since before the creation of the United States.