Luis Danyel Falcón sang the national anthem; Karen Labra sang various mariachi songs; and Ohio State University Folklor Hispano performed various traditional dances. Donna M. Alvarado was the keynote speaker.
The Ohio Latino Affairs Commission 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. OCHLA is directed by Lilleana Cavanaugh. Its board of directors includes: Michael Florez (Chair), Rev. Max Rodas, Richard Romero, Mary Santiago, Iris Martínez Juergens, Luis “Tony” Ortiz, V. Anthony Simms-Howell, and Baldemar Velásquez.
LEON was established in 2000, as a network and a collaboration of individuals, organizations and agencies dedicated to building a healthy Latino community in Central Ohio through the development and support of programs that educate and empower Latinos. The organization’s main focus areas are on health, education, advocacy, and outreach. LEON’s president is Lourdes Barroso de Padilla.
The Gala-event’s committee includes: Mary Santiago, Lourdes Barroso de Padilla, Lilleana Cavanaugh, Thalia Amador, Melissa Cárdenas, and Lair Marin-Marcum.
Award recipients are:
Hispanic Ohioans ~
Benito Lucio, Columbus
Marilyn Zayas-Davis, Cincinnati
Nancy Méndez, Cleveland
Victor García, Dayton
Angel Arroyo, Lorain
Israel A. Barrios, Lorain
Luis Santiago, Toledo
~ Latino Military Service of Distinction ~
Dr. Manuel Caro, Sgt., Marine Corps (Retired)
Henry Guzmán., Sgt., US Army (Retired)
Louis Torres, Sgt. US Army (Fallen Hero)
~ Nuestra Familia ~
Richard Herman, Cleveland
Lois Poe Rust, Cincinnati
The Limited Brands, Columbus
~ Special Recognition ~
Michael Colbert, Director, Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
~ Alma de la Comunidad Award [Presented by LEON] ~
Maritza Motino, Central Ohio
For questions regarding this event, contact 614-728-8344 or visit http://ochla.ohio.gov