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OCHLA recognizes Distinguished Latino Ohioans

 

Columbus, Oct. 14, 2010: The Ohio Latino Affairs Commission (OCHLA) will present its annual Governors Distinguished Hispanic Awards, a yearly event to recognize and honor those individuals and organizations who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the professional or community service endeavors, and who serve as role models for the growing Latino communities in Ohio. The Awards gala will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus on October 14, 2010.

 

According to the Commission, OCHLAs Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans have taken the challenge with determination and creativity, working tenaciously to ensure that their communities become a better place not only for Latinos, but for everyone.

 

Nuestra Familia Awardees are non-Latino individuals or organizations that have gone the extra mile to make certain inclusion, participation and engagement of Latinos is taking place in Ohio, and who are committed to long term partnerships to make Ohio a welcoming place to all people.

 

This year, the Governors Distinguished Hispanic Awards will also have the honor to present recognitions to eight Latino veterans for Military Service of Distinction. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are 11,000 Latino veterans in Ohio. It is important to acknowledge these Latinos who have honorably served our country and continue to be deeply engaged in service, mentoring, and

leadership within our communities, stated Mary Santiago, Chair of the Commission.

 

Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans, Nuestra Familia Awardees,and  Military Service of Distinction include:

Judge Keila Cosme ~ Toledo

Rachael Vlez ~ Lorain

Vanessa Villa/ Grupo Alma de Mxico ~ Lorain

Amanda Ruiviejo Pastor ~ Cuyahoga Falls

Diana del Rosario ~ Strongsville

Nereida (Rita) Lpez ~ Campbell

Tom Lianez ~ Zanesville

Lorena Mora-Mowry ~ Cincinnati

Mike Robinson ~ Loveland

Jack Gallon ~ Toledo

Leonard DeLuca ~ Lorain

Kent State ~ Kent Summit-Lorain Project

Sheriff Drew Alexander ~  Canton
Chief Celestino Rivera ~ Lorain

Robert Hoskinson ~ Columbiana

Honda of America ~ Marysville

Cincinnati Reds Community Fund ~ Cincinnati

Cincinnati Public Schools, Mary Ronan ~ Cincinnati

Ismael (Izzy) Ortiz ~ Corporal, US Marine Corps ~  Toledo

Celestino Rivera ~ Sergeant, US Army ~ Lorain

Robert Torres ~ Sergeant, US Marine Corps ~ Canton

Miguel Cora ~ Specialist, US Army ~ Cleveland Heights

Richard Garca ~ Sergeant, US Army ~ Reynoldsburg

Felix Huertas ~ Captain, US Air Force ~ Reynoldsburg

Jos Rafi Rodrguez~ Colonel (Retired), US Air Force ~ Beavercreek

 

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Rosita Lpez, a nationally recognized Latina leader and educator. The Ohio Latino Awards is an event open to the entire community. The cost for Gala dinner is $65 per person, with a reception starting promptly at 5:30 pm, followed by the Program and Dinner at 6:30 pm. Registration for the event is available online at: http://www.ee-index.com

For questions regarding this event, please contact 614-466-8333.

 

The Ohio Latino Affairs Commission (OCHLA) is an organization that advises state government on issues affecting Latino Ohioans, connects the diverse Latino communities across the state, and builds the capacity of community organizations so they may better serve the fast growing Latino population of Ohio.

 

 
 

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