Hispanic Women of Distinction Luncheon Kicked-off Hispanic Heritage Month
President Aida Levitan, Named Latina Pioneer of the Year
Community, Culture, Charity was the theme surrounding the 10th annual charity luncheon honoring 12 Latinas and a Latina Pioneer in from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County that took place on Friday, August 12th at the Signature Grand in Davie, Florida. Bank of America in partnership with Latina Style Magazine, the nation’s leading magazine for Hispanic women, were sponsors once again. Co-sponsoring was Nielsen, the world’s leading provider of marketing information, audience measurement, and business media products and services.
This year’s honorees were: SANDRA LOZANO-BARRY (Fort Lauderdale) ANA CALDERON, PhD. (Weston) GLADYS CASTRO (Coral Springs) TATIANA EYZAGUIRRE (Pembroke Pines) IVONNE FERNANDEZ (Fort Lauderdale) AMANDA P.GONZALEZ (Palmetto Bay) SANDRA GONZALEZ-LEVY (Coral Gables) DORIS MUSCARELLA (Pembroke Pines) DEBORAH RAMIREZ (Miami) DIANA C. ORTIZ (Pembroke Pines) EMILY SANTOS (Boca Raton) MARIA M. VALLEJO, PhD (Wellington) and the 2011 Latina Pioneer of the Year was ArtesMiami President AIDA LEVITAN, PhD from Miami, Florida. This prestigious award recognized Dr. Levitan as a woman whose work and commitment to community has paved the way for other Latinas to achieve their goals. Past Latina Pioneers include Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Maria San Juan, Columba Bush, Isabel Diaz, M.D., Caridad Asensio and Joyce Kaufman.
This high-powered, entertaining saluted distinguished Hispanic-American women will benefit the Light of the World Clinic, a free healthcare facility that was founded by the late Dr. Erwin Vasquez and provides a cadre of medical services to more than 12,000 people a year. A sell-out crowd of 1,000 guests celebrated the 10th anniversary, and models walked the runway wearing fashions by retailers at the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass, the event’s co-sponsor. Also modeling fashions was the 2011 Nuestra Belleza Latina, Nastassja Bolivar and on-air celebrity at Univision Ch. 23, Carolina Ramirez.
WFTL Radio 850 and its new Spanish station, Radio Esperanza 1040 AM aired airing their programs LIVE from the luncheon interviewing guests and reporting the special activities throughout the event. The Joyce Kaufman Show that begins at noon was a perfect way to kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month, since last year’s Latina Pioneer was in fact, Joyce herself.
Past honorees walked the 120 foot runway welcoming the next 12 Latinas to their special group. From the moment guests enter, they received a complimentary “mojito” and a chance to bid on the dozens of items at the Silent Auction along with a chance to win a cruise for 2 on Holland America Line. This event also officially kicked-off Hispanic Heritage Month.
Families, friends and business associates honored the 2011 Honorees who were selected among more than 90 applicants by 4 judges. Nominations were made by former Hispanic Women of Distinction honorees and community leaders.