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Ohio Latino Affairs Commission to recognize Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans

Columbus, Sept. 10, 2012: The Ohio Latino Affairs Commission (OCHLA) will present its annual Governor’s Distinguished Hispanic Awards, a yearly event to recognize and honor 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 community in Ohio. The awards gala will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus on Friday, October 12, 2012.

Our Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans take the challenge daily with determination and creativity, working tenaciously to ensure that their communities become a better place not only for Hispanics, 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. Latinos in uniform have served and continue to serve the country with honor and excellence; they will be recognized through the Military Service of Distinction. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 11,000 Hispanic veterans in Ohio.

~ Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans ~

Sesario Durán, Toledo
Al López, Cleveland
Lillian Laboy, Strongville
Reynaldo Carrión, Lorain
Tim Carrión, Lorain
Julia Arbini-Carbonell, Columbus
Elizabeth Martínez, Columbus
Julio González, Dayton
Giovanna Alvarez, Dayton
Juan López, Beavercreek
Rosalind C. Florez, Cincinnati
Simón Sotelo, Cincinnati

~ Nuestra Familia [Our Family] Awardees ~

Yvonka Hall, Office of Minority Health, Cleveland
Ronn Richard, The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland
Daniel Radocaj, El Centro, Lorain
Sen. Charleta Tavares, State Senator, Columbus
Stephanie Stewart-Sharp, Fifth Third Bank, Columbus
Sister María Stacey, Hispanic Catholic Ministries, Dayton
Mark Evans, Volunteer, Su Casa, Cincinnati
H.A. Musser, Santa María Community Services, Cincinnati

~ Latino Military Service of Distinction ~

Max Figueroa (Retired), United States Army
Gary Muñoz (Retired), United States Army / United States
Air Force
Lt. Col. Sean Spradlin, United States Air Force
John Ramos (Retired), United States Navy

With Special Recognitions to Honor Our Fallen Heroes

The Lorain Viet Nam War Heroes
Army Pfc. Gustavo Rios,
Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation New Dawn

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