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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.