ASPIRA “Makes The Future” with 50th Anniversary Celebration

ASPIRA will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary Salute on May 19, 2011, at Cipriani Wall Street to honor those who have had a significant impact on the Latino community and on ASPIRA.

The celebration’s theme, “Make The Future,” honors Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dr. Antonia Pantoja, who founded the organization in 1961.  Over that time, ASPIRA has grown from a local organization to the nation’s largest Latino nonprofit dedicated to educating and developing the next generation of Latino leaders.

ASPIRA’s 50th Anniversary Salute honorees will be Academy Award-nominated actress and Emmy Award-nominated choreographer Rosie Perez, Youth Empowerment Award; Emmy Award winning actor and ASPIRA alumnus Jimmy Smits, Arts & Culture Award; Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, Executive Vice President of AARP, Leadership Award; Dr. Ricardo R. Fernandez, President of Lehman College, Education Award; and Louis Nunez, Former Executive Director ASPIRA, Community Service Award. Read More »