Hundreds attend the annual celebration of Community, Culture and Charity

The 16th anniversary of the Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity luncheon held on August 25th at Signature Grand in Davie, Florida was another sell-out of over 850 guests paying tribute to Latina professionals who are strengthening the social fabric of this country and making inroads in the leadership pipeline for a growingly diverse America.   The event raised more than $12,000 from a Silent Auction benefiting the  Jessica June Children’s Cancer Fund and Pace Center for Girls.

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Presented by Latina Style Magazine, the nation’s leading publication for Latina entrepreneurs, in partnership with Bank of America and AARP, the highly-promoted celebration brings to the forefront the contributions of Hispanic women from South Florida. 

Guests enjoyed a complimentary “mojito” upon arrival, healthy hors d’oerves by Miami Cancer Institute, a fun photo booth and silent auction with fabulous trips, jewelry and great fun-filled baskets.

The annual parade of Past Honorees opened the luncheon in the elegantly decorated ballroom of coordinated colors of yellow and turquoise from tables to gift bags and plaques.  A runway fashion show presented by Zola Keller of Las Olas simply brought the house down.

The presentation of the Latina Pioneer of the Year, and the 12 Hispanic Women of Distinction ended the program, with all ladies walking a 170 foot runway.

Elaine Vasquez, producer of the luncheon stated “this was by far the largest celebration of Hispanic women entrepreneurs and community leaders since its inception.”  

For more information on how to nominate a Latina for 2018, email: hispanicwomenlunch@aol.com

 

 The 2017 Hispanic Women of Distinction are:

GLORIA L.  DIAZ-DANIELS –Div Sales Mgr Sales-Pharmacy – Walmart – Palm Beach

ADRIANA FAZZANO FICANO – Chief of Staff, Broward College – Broward County

BLANCA GUERRA -Broward County Schools-Curriculum Sup/Dual Languages –Dade

KARINA GOMEZ-HERRERA – Pres. CEO Karnna Fashion & Company – Broward

Dr IVERIS LUZ MARTINEZ- Assoc Prof. Herbert Werthein College/Medicine FIU-Dade

LORENA MASTRARRIGO -Assistant Public Defender, Broward County – Broward

CHRISTINA PEREZ McDOWELL – Founder, Solutions by CPM, LLC – Dade

JACQUELINE NUNEZ – Co-owner, SOMA Medical Centers PA – Palm Beach

Dr. JACQUELINE PENA – Dean Academic Affairs – Miami Dade College –  Dade

MICHELLE MARTINEZ REYES – CMO, Greenspoon Marder – Broward

MARIELLE SOLOGUREN – Vice President. Pierson Grant Public Relations – Broward

RACHEL TOURGEMAN –Community Relations Dir. Florida National University-Dade

 

LATINA PIONEER of the YEAR: 

DAISY EXPOSITO-ULLA – Chairman, CEO of d exposito & Partners, a visionary creative leader in cross-cultural brand building for more than 30 years, Daisy has been recognized by numerous organizations and named as one of the most influential Latinas in the United States.

 

LtoR; Lori Chevy, President Bank of America
Latina Pioneer Daisy Exposito-Ulla
Yvette Pena, AARP

 

Official Photo of the 2017 Hispanic Women of Distinction

 

LtR: Melissa Milroy, Arlene Pecora, Deanna McCutcheon
Fashion show by Zola Keller

 

Past honorees parade on the 170 foot runway
LtR: Josi Gago, Patricia Good, Tatiana Eyzaguirre and Gladys Sznajderman
Finale of Fashion show were 12 wedding gowns by Zola Keller
Elaine Vasquez, producer with Anne Marie Flannery of AARP Florida

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