Press Release: 3rd Annual Hispanic Leadership Awards Luncheon features Keynote Speaker Thomas A. Saenz, President & General Counsel, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
October 20, 2017, West Palm Beach, FL – Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, the Hispanic Leadership Awards Luncheon (on October 27, 2017) will recognize individuals who have made a difference in the lives of Hispanic students in South Florida through education. The event is organized by the Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County (HEC) in partnership with the José Martí Foundation.
With opening remarks by Dr. Robert Avossa (Superintendent, School District of Palm Beach County), and closing remarks by Alberto M. Carvalho (Superintendent Miami-Dade County Public Schools), the event will bestow awards in various categories: Education Leadership Awards, Public Service Leadership Awards, and Student Leadership Awards. A Lifetime Contribution Award will be presented to actress Ana Margo Menendez for her Emmy-winning role as “Carmen Peña” in the bilingual sitcom, “Que Pasa U.S.A.”
Event participants will dine on innovative, Latin-inspired cuisine by Executive Chef Miguel Santiago. Hailing from Capital Hilton in Washington D.C., Chef Santiago held culinary positions at venues such as El Conquistador (a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Puerto Rico) and several renowned South Florida restaurants. Musical performances by Opera Fusion artists will delight attendees with a memorable feast for the senses.
“We envision a community of empowered Hispanic leaders who impact policy and achieve equality through education,” says Joaquin Garcia, HEC Founder and Chairman of the Board. “We believe in cultivating tomorrow’s leaders at an early age, while also mentoring today’s leaders through educational initiatives.”
The Hispanic Education Coalition of Palm Beach County (HEC) is a non-profit organization established to promote educational equity in the Palm Beach County School District. HEC supports initiatives that provide educational access to all students regardless of race, ethnicity or immigration status; reduce the dropout rate among Hispanic students; provide equitable employment opportunities for Hispanic teachers and administrators; and advance multicultural studies in the School District curriculum.
2017 HISPANIC LEADERSHIP AWARDS LUNCHEON DETAILS
➢ Friday, October 27, 2017 @ 11:30 am
➢ Hilton West Palm Beach (across from Cityplace/next to PBC Convention Center)
➢ Address: 600 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL, 33401
➢ Tickets: $100
To reserve your spot please visit www.hecpbc.org