Heritage committee honors Puerto Rican community leaders and outstanding scholars:
Anita Antonetty, community organizer; Javier E. Gomez, actor/reporter, community volunteer; Frances Lucerna, Executive Director, El Puente; Yesenia Aponte-Meléndez, El Punto de la Montaña; Brenda Jimenez Peralta, Associate Director of Agency Development/North East Region, Big Brother, Big Sister of America; Lance Rios, President & CEO, Being Latino, Inc.; Jose Santiago, News Director WBAI; George Torres, Founder, Sofrito for Your Soul & Capicu Poetry & Cultural Showcase. Members of Taller Boricua (Marcos Dimas, Fernando Salicrup, Nitza Tufiño and Irma Ayla) will receive special recognition for promoting and supporting community artists and cultural diversity.
CN Scholarship Recipients, Continuing Scholars and Richie Perez Peace and Justice
Scholars will also be honored.
What: The “Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad” Awards recognize outstanding individuals who are the unsung heroes of our community. The awards honor Puerto Ricans whose pride in their heritage and strength of character have empowered them and inspired others to make a significant impact on our community.
Since 1996 the Comité Noviembre Scholarship Program has awarded over $179,000 in scholarships. Our scholars have a college graduation rate of 90 percent.
In 2004, the Puerto Rican community lost an advocate and community leader. Richie Pérez was a beloved activist in the fight for social justice and human rights. In his memory, Comité Noviembre established the Richie Pérez Scholarship for Peace and Justice. The award recognizes Puerto Rican young people for their commitment, activism and achievements in any of the areas of human rights and social justice.
Where: El Museo del Barrio, 104th Street and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan (Free admission)
When: 6- 9 p.m. TOMORROW, October 27th
Comité Noviembre promotes. acknowledges, and creates awareness of the rich culture, language, and history of Puerto Rico . Comité Noviembre is the collective effort of ten key Puerto Rican organizations: the Institute for the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly, ASPIRA of New York, El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, El Museo del Barrio, El Puente, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights–Justice Committee, the National Institute for Latino Policy, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, and the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. These groups coordinate Puerto Rican Heritage Month…el mes de la herencia puertorriqueña.
source: Comite Noviembre
Note: If you are on Twitter, follow @comitenoviembre. The hastag is #comitenoviembre. If you are on Facebook, join the Comite Noviembre page to stay connected with Puerto Rican heritage month events in NYC. PRSUN Communications is helping CN with its social media campaign this year.