Latina women make a dis­tinct im­pact on to­day’s so­ci­ety

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The 12th an­nual “His­panic Women of Dis­tinc­tion” char­ity lun­cheon will take place Aug. 16 at Sig­na­ture Grand in Davie. The event, tak­ing place from11 a.m. to1:30 p.m., will pay trib­ute to13 Latina pro­fes­sion­als.

The honoree’s friends and fam­ily, busi­ness lead­ers, elected of­fi­cials and so­cialites will en­joy a “Latin fla­vored” cel­e­bra­tion to pay trib­ute to pro­fes­sion­als who are striv­ing to strengthen the so­cial fab­ric of this coun­try and mak­ing in­roads in the lead­er­ship pipe­line for a grow­ingly di­verse Amer­ica.

Pre­sented by Bank of Amer­ica and co-spon­sored by Bap­tist Health South Florida, past honorees will strut the 120-foot run­way where guests will get to hear about the 2013 honorees’ suc­cess and com­mu­nity ac­tivism.

The day will be­gin with a com­pli­men­tary mo­jito, silent auc­tion and spon­sor busi­ness ex­hibit.

Dur­ing lunch, more than 850 guests will en­joy a live con­cert by one of the Latin world’s great­est per­form­ers, Tito Puente Jr. and his eight-piece orches­tra. The son of the late leg­endary Tito Puente, “The Mambo King,” will in­vig­o­rate the crowd to dance to the salsa rhythms of his fa­ther’s mu­sic, along with his own ar­range­ments from his new re­lease “GOTMAMBO.”

The char­ity event will ben­e­fit the Light of the World Clinic, a free vol­un­teer med­i­cal fa­cil­ity founded in 1989 by the late Dr. Er­winVasquez. Added in his honor will be the sec­ond an­nual Dr. Er­win M. Vasquez Schol­ar­ship for a Latina Award pre­sented by Mercedes Benz of Fort Laud­erdale.

“We are de­lighted once again to sup­port the ed­u­ca­tional goals of stu­dents in our com­mu­nity and the Light of the World Clinic,” said Benny Gates, gen­eral man­ager of Mercedes Benz of Fort Laud­erdale. “It is also a de­light for our team to be part of this cel­e­bra­tion of cul­ture and di­ver­sity.”

What the women have in com­mon is their Amer­i­can en­trepreneur­ship in­ter­twined with their val­ues and tra­di­tions. This is a large part of the judg­ing process. They rep­re­sent a cross-sec­tion of creative dis­ci­plines that are chang­ing the face of Amer­i­can cul­ture. More than 50 nom­i­na­tions were re­ceived this year for the award.

This year’s re­cip­i­ents in­clude: El­iz­a­beth Verna Briceno, edi­tor of Aldea Ed­uca­tiva Mag­a­zine; Aimee Cer­nicharo, at­tor­ney for St. Thomas Hu­man Rights In­sti­tute; Marie Fer­nan­dez, man­ag­ing part­ner of Im­agery Creative; Pa­tri­cia Good, vice chair of Broward County School Board; Luisa Gut­man, se­nior VP/COO of Holy Cross Hos­pi­tal Fort Laud­erdale; Jeanie Her­nan­dez, di­rec­tor/govern­ment in­vest­ment for Com­cast; Marisel Losa: MHSA, pres­i­dent/CEO Health Coun­cil of South Florida; Dr. Dalia So­bre­villa McCoy, fam­ily medicine at Cleve­land Clinic Florida, Mi­ra­mar; Eve­lyn Mo­rales, se­nior med­i­cal case man­ager CARE RE­SOURCE; Dr. Ale­jan­dra Perez, di­rec­tor of Breast Can­cer Cen­ter at Me­mo­rial Can­cer In­sti­tute; Jennifer J. Perez, cor­po­rate gov­er­nance coun­sel, BUPA Latin Amer­ica; and Martha So­car­ras, pres­i­dent of Martha So­car­ras En­ter­prises

The Latina Pi­o­neer for 2013 will rec­og­nize Maria Elena To­rano, the found­ing pres­i­dent of the National His­pana Lead­er­ship In­sti­tute and ap­pointee by the Carter, Clin­ton and Bush ad­min­is­tra­tions, who’s rep­re­sented the po­lit­i­cal, so­cio-eco­nomic, cul­tural and busi­ness en­vi­ron­ments of this coun­try and other ar­eas of the world

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.we­do­ or call 954-566-3099.

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