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NAMIC helps mid to senior level execs assume top leadership roles through Class XIV

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On September 30, 2014, NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) launched Class XIV of its Executive Leadership Development Program (ELDP).  ELDP Class XIV is the third cadre being presented in partnership with the University of Virginia Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The program’s central goal is to prepare mid to senior level executives of color to assume roles within the top leadership and decision-making ranks of the communications industry. ELDP Class XIV comprises four sessions held on the Darden Grounds, with upcoming sessions scheduled for December of 2014, and February and April of 2015.

“NAMIC is honored to continue collaborating with Darden, our academic partner, and with all of the companies that support ELDP,” said James C. Jones, NAMIC’s vice president, Education Programs and Diversity Solutions. “Our shared goal of achieving diversity at the top echelons of the cable telecommunications industry can be realized by cultivating leaders through programs such as ELDP that have as a central context the unique lens of executives of color, as they strengthen the business competencies that all senior managers must master in order to deliver breakthrough results.”

The Executive Leadership Development Program has graduated close to 500 executives of color since the program’s inception in 2001. NAMIC’s ELDP was created in response to some of the industry’s most persistent challenges: increasing the diversity of the industry’s executive suites; retention of executives of color; and maximizing the ROI of a diverse workforce in a business environment that demands strategic leadership agility and creative innovation. Emphasizing professional growth, the program addresses the unique challenges faced by executives of color, while strengthening the business competencies that all executives must have in order to be successful. The ELDP curriculum explores a range of topics, including corporate strategy, financial and business acumen, customer orientation and innovation, and change leadership that fosters and sustains high-performing, high-engagement corporate culture.

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Classical South Florida relaunches their Latin classical music program, “Concierto”

 

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Classical South Florida (www.classicalsouthflorida.publicradio.org)

On the eve of its seventh Anniversary on-air, Classical South Florida (CSF), a public radio organization dedicated to broadcasting classical music, announced the re-launch of Concierto, a program featuring the rich and varied contributions of Hispanic and Latin culture to classical music from musicians and composers presented in a bilingual format. The program enhances CSF’s varied classical music programming geared to Latinos, a large and growing audience. Concierto will begin airing Sundays from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. on 89.7 FM on October 26th and is hosted by the illustrious Frank Dominguez. Mobile listeners can tune in to Classical South Florida via smart phone or tablet devices. To find more information about Classical South Florida visit: http://classicalsouthflorida.org/

“The fact that our most avid listeners are Latino coupled with the pure demographics of Miami—approximately 66% are Latino—truly makes Concierto a precious gem in our station’s programming repertoire and schedule,” said Nestor Rodriguez, President of Classical South Florida and the first Latino senior leader of Classical South Florida, a company of American Public Media. “Miami is a world-class city with a thriving arts community and we are excited to nurture new generations of Latino listeners,” Rodriguez concludes.

Concierto is a weekly two-hour program featuring classical music presented in Spanish and English. The program spotlights classical music by Latin American and Spanish composers and musicians including world renowned names such as Placido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, Alicia de Larrocha, and Arturo Marquez among others. Concierto is carried on more than 30 American Public Radio stations across America.

Concierto means different things to different listeners,” says Dominguez. “English speakers get a chance to explore repertory and performers they haven’t heard before while Spanish speakers appreciate hearing their native tongue and a different aspect of Hispanic culture celebrated than what is usually portrayed in the media,” Dominguez concludes.

 

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MMA and BWI to offer session on tapping the Hispanic market

 

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The Marine Marketers of America and Boating Writers International will be offering “Success Strategies to tap the emerging Hispanic market,” a session offering advice on marketing to that group at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

The session will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, October 30, at the Bahia Mar Resort. The session will feature Hispanic marketing expert Ed Cantu of top national agency Lopez Negrete and will offer an opportunity to learn about the latest industry initiatives, along with hands-on tips to help your organization position itself for future success.

Tickets are $33 in advance or $38 at the door. To RSVP, email wanda@kentonsmithmarketing.com.

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Elianne Ramos named recipient of Social Media Innovator Award by Maryland governor

 

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A veteran in the fields of social media and public relations with a portfolio that boasts collaborations with the White House, the U.S. Department of State, and the National Park Foundation, Elianne Ramos is also one of the founders of the Border Kids Relief Project, a collaborative effort by several Hispanic organizations to assist refugee children.

Speak Hispanic, a woman’s owned and operated social enterprise, today announced that its Principal, Elianne Ramos, has been named a recipient of the Social Media Innovator Award, granted by the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Hispanic Affairs. The award was presented to Ms. Ramos on October 15, 2014, during the annual Hispanic Heritage Month reception at the Governor’s home in Annapolis.

In her letter to Ms. Ramos, Commission Chair Yolanda María Martínez said, “Our community’s achievements have been made possible because of this administration’s commitment to diversity and the belief in the dignity and respect of every individual. However, we also acknowledge that we could not have done this without the individuals like you who are committed to working on behalf of the Hispanic community to make this State a great place.”

“Social tools have allowed the democratization of information and participation in civic life for so many segments of the population, and being able to use them to help empower our Latino community is a reward in itself,” said Elianne Ramos. “It is an extraordinary honor to be recognized for work that is so deeply fulfilling to me in so many levels, especially when said recognition comes from a distinguished group of people whom I admire and respect so much. I humbly and gratefully accept this award as a sign that I am on the right path.”

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RBFF’s “Vamos a Pescar” campaign wins two W3 Silver Awards from AIVA

 

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Screenshot, Vamos a Pescar Web site (vamosapescar.org).

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s Hispanic-focused “Vamos a Pescar” campaign website received two 2014 W3 Silver Awards from the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

VamosAPescar.org was honored for excellence in the general website and mobile website categories. This year’s competitionreceived more than 4,000 entries from organizations across the globe.

“We’re thrilled to receive these awards from W3,” RBFF president and CEO Frank Peterson said in a statement. “It’s great to see our efforts to engage the Hispanic community being recognized as we aim to grow participation in fishing and boating among all Americans, generating important funds for state conservation efforts.”

VamosAPescar.org received the award in the mobile website category for its use of responsive design format, which allows it to be scalable to mobile devices.

The General Website-Lifestyle award honors websites that feature special interests and lifestyle advice. The Mobile Website–Education award honors mobile websites that provide educational materials for individuals and families.

Launched in April, VamosAPescar.org is a one-stop resource for Hispanic boaters and anglers to learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The site is part of a larger campaign the RBFF launched to engage the rapidly growing Hispanic community in boating and fishing.

In addition to VamosAPescar.org, the campaign includes Spanish-language advertisements and experiential marketing. RBFF stakeholders are encouraged to use free Spanish-language resources available in the Take Me Fishing Resource Center.

The W3 Awards honors creative excellence on the web and recognizes the creative and marketing professionals behind award-winning websites, marketing programs and video work created for the web. A complete list of W3 award winners is available at www.w3award.com.

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NALEO Educational Fund to address impact of Latino voters and candidates

 

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Two weeks before Election Daythe National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund will brief media and partners on the crucial impact Latino voters and candidates will have on the outcome of Election 2014.  The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the National Press Club (MWL Room) in Washington, D.C.

With Latinos on both sides of the aisle running in some of the most competitive Congressional races this year, Latino candidates are poised to play a pivotal role in Election 2014.  At the state level, Latino candidates are pursuing statewide positions across the nation, including in “nontraditional” states like Rhode Island and Wyoming.  Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director, will take a closer look at this year’s races to watch and discuss the potential impact Latino candidates will have on the number of Latinos serving in Congress and state legislatures nationwide following Election 2014.

In addition to races involving Latino candidates, NALEO Educational Fund will examine competitive races for Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives where the Latino vote is likely to have a decisive impact.  According to NALEO Educational Fund, more than 7.8 million Latino voters are expected to cast ballots this November, up 1.2 million from the 2010 midterm elections.

Leading Latino leaders will also be on hand for an in-depth panel discussion on the impact of Latino voters and candidates this election year.  Panel participants will include Latino Victory Project President Cristobal Alex, The LIBRE Initiative Executive Director Daniel Garza and NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director Arturo Vargas.

WHAT:
NALEO Educational Fund’s 2014 Races to Watch: The Power of Latino Voters and Candidates Luncheon Briefing

WHO:
Cristobal Alex, Latino Victory Project President
Daniel Garza, The LIBRE Initiative Executive Director
Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
12:30 p.m. EDT

WHERE:
The National Press Club – Murrow/White/Lisagor Room
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

 

Two weeks before Election Daythe National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund will brief media and partners on the crucial impact Latino voters and candidates will have on the outcome of Election 2014.  The event will take place at 12:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at the National Press Club (MWL Room) in Washington, D.C.

With Latinos on both sides of the aisle running in some of the most competitive Congressional races this year, Latino candidates are poised to play a pivotal role in Election 2014.  At the state level, Latino candidates are pursuing statewide positions across the nation, including in “nontraditional” states like Rhode Island and Wyoming.  Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director, will take a closer look at this year’s races to watch and discuss the potential impact Latino candidates will have on the number of Latinos serving in Congress and state legislatures nationwide following Election 2014.

In addition to races involving Latino candidates, NALEO Educational Fund will examine competitive races for Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives where the Latino vote is likely to have a decisive impact.  According to NALEO Educational Fund, more than 7.8 million Latino voters are expected to cast ballots this November, up 1.2 million from the 2010 midterm elections.

Leading Latino leaders will also be on hand for an in-depth panel discussion on the impact of Latino voters and candidates this election year.  Panel participants will include Latino Victory Project President Cristobal Alex, The LIBRE Initiative Executive Director Daniel Garza and NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director Arturo Vargas.

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WHAT:
NALEO Educational Fund’s 2014 Races to Watch: The Power of Latino Voters and Candidates Luncheon Briefing

WHO:
Cristobal Alex, Latino Victory Project President
Daniel Garza, The LIBRE Initiative Executive Director
Arturo Vargas, NALEO Educational Fund Executive Director

WHEN:
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
12:30 p.m. EDT

WHERE:
The National Press Club – Murrow/White/Lisagor Room
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

 

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Blue Moon Brewing partners with L.A. artist to create Hispanic-themed mural

 

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“The Great Wall of Los Angeles” is among the public works of art commissioned by SPARC (Photo credit: SPARC Web site, www.sparcinla.org)

This fall, Blue Moon Brewing Company® is embracing its artfully crafted heritage by partnering with Los Angeles-based artist Wenceslao Quiroz to create a mural in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. The mural will be a rendition of one of Quiroz’s unique works and will be completed in time to close out Hispanic Heritage Month on Oct. 15. To inspire further beautification in the community, Blue Moon will make a donation to the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC).

The mural site, located on a wall at 2001 7th St. in Los Angeles, is one of many walls that have been used as canvases for illegal graffiti in Boyle Heights, an issue SPARC has been working to alleviate for more than 30 years. Blue Moon’s $5,000 donation to SPARC will help fund future art projects in the area.

“We are excited to continue building on SPARC’s legacy of public arts projects in the community and to be able to support the arts in L.A.,” said Keith Villa, founder and head brewmaster at Blue Moon Brewing Company. “L.A. is known for its history of Latino muralists, so we are delighted that Blue Moon can help expand on SPARC’s efforts to help preserve the city’s colorful landscape.”

Quiroz’s celebration of culture in his artwork made him a clear choice for Blue Moon, whose founder has also drawn inspiration from his own Hispanic heritage when it comes to his art of brewing. Similar to Villa, Quiroz adheres to a strong work ethic that promotes unity and empowerment.

Locals will have an opportunity to meet Quiroz Oct.15 at 6 p.m. at a restaurant on East 7th St. and Mateo St. across from the mural site. The meet-and-greet will also include a short program to present SPARC with the donation and celebrate the completion of the mural.

 

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HPRA Announces National Winners of 2014 ¡BRAVO! Awards; Hispanicize launches Hispanicize Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES, CA – It was a historic night for the Hispanic Public Relations Association as HPRA held its 30th annual BRAVO Awards and Scholarship Gala last night at the historic Tamayo Restaurant.  Edelman Multicultural led all agencies with two of the eight National ¡BRAVO! Campaign of the Year Awards that were announced at the sold out dinner event.

Photo courtesy Eddie Sakaki Photography.

Edelman Multicultural won the Food & Beverage category for its“Starbucks Caramel Flan Latte Hispanic Program” and the Non Profit category for the 2013 U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Annual Convention “America’s Business Future”.

The other 2014 ¡BRAVO! Campaign of the Year Award winners were:

- The California Endowment for the category for Public Education for #Health4All Campaign

- Cohn & Wolfe INFUSE for the Fashion & Beauty category for “Colgate® Optic White ® Making ‘Tu Sonrisa’ Your Best Accessory”

- Merck with GCI Health for the Healthcare & Nutrition category for “Cuida Tu Diabetes, Cuida Tu Corazón”

- Balsera Communications for Media Event (Corporate) for “Hispanicize Positive Impact: Celebrating Latinos Who Do Remarkable Good Deeds”2014 HPRA National ¡BRAVO! Campaign of the Year Award

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- República for the category of Integrated Marketing “Goya World of Flavors”

- Imprenta Communications Group, Inc. for the Public Education Non Profit category for its California Department of Industrial Relations Wage Theft campaign

After Party Features Launch of Hispanicize Los Angeles, Hispanicize Stars Awards

The BRAVO Awards were followed by the Hispanicize-HPRA after party that was sponsored by the Greater Miami Conventions and Visitors Bureau and República.

The after party marked the official launch of the Hispanicize Los Angeles City Group that is under the leadership of Barney Santos of Unilever, Jose Villa of The Sensis Agency, Lizza Monet Morales of XoxoLizza.com and Willy Villarreal of Edelman Multicultural.

As part of the after party, which also raised money for the scholarship fund of HPRA LA, Hispanicize L.A.’s team recognized three local Latino influencers for their work in journalism, marketing and Latin music.  the 2014 Hispanicize Los Angeles influencer “Stars” were:

- Magaly Ortiz, Entertainment reporter, Primer Impacto. For her achievements in the world of journalism and being a go-to source on entertainment news for Latinos.

- Diana Beas, Head of Music Licensing + Latin Music at Secret Road Music For her contribution to the Latin music industry, endless support of indie artists and always championing for their success.

- Jose Villa, President of The Sensis Agency, for his contribution as a leading Hispanic thought leaders in the marketing industry.

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From left to right, the 2014 Hispanicize Stars of Los Angeles: Magaly Ortiz, Entertainment reporter, Primer Impacto; Jose Villa, President of The Sensis Agency; and Diana Beas, Head of Music Licensing + Latin Music at Secret Road Music.

HABLA honors Atlanta business professionals, philanthropists, and a student

 

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Today marks the 7th annual Hispanic Achievement and Business Leadership Awards (HABLA), which is presented by COUNTRY Financial and produced by Lanza Group, LLC. HABLA will honor five Atlanta leaders including an up-and-coming student leader for their achievements and accomplishments made in business, the community, or education field.

“The 7th HABLA celebrates a wide range of Atlanta’s talent, from a CEO to a high school valedictorian to an alcohol prevention coordinator to a nuclear financial manager to a business development director,” says Ralph E. Herrera, Lanza Group President. “We are proud to recognize our incredible honorees and award a $5,000 scholarship to a deserving student.”

The 2014 HABLA Honorees include:

  • Corporate Executive: Marlem Rios, Georgia Power Company
  • Civic/Government: Myrna Garcia-Clemmons, INROADS
  • Entrepreneur: Rene M. Diaz, Diaz Foods
  • Unsung Hero: Montse Mota, CETPA
  • Scholarship: Michelle Gutierrez, Towers High School

 

The HABLA awards are given based on nominations made by peers and members of the Atlanta business and civic communities. The awards luncheon will highlight each honoree and will feature a keynote speaker, William Segura, from Emory University. In addition to recognizing Hispanic professionals and community leaders, the event is an opportunity for budding Hispanic students to be acknowledged for their contributions as they evolve into tomorrow’s leaders. Since the inception of the HABLA Awards scholarship, over $40,000 has been awarded to deserving high school or freshman college students. This year, the HABLA COUNTRY Financial scholarship will be awarded to high school senior, Michelle Gutierrez in the amount of $5,000.

“At COUNTRY Financial, we are not only committed to educating communities about financial literacy but also supporting the educational dreams of students, who will become the future of our country,” says Michael E. Fisher, Agency Field Executive for Market Development at COUNTRY Financial. “We are proud to partner with Lanza Group and the HABLA Awards as this collaboration is another step towards this goal.”

HABLA, the leading business-to-business Hispanic-focused networking event in Atlanta, will take place today at 11:30am at 103 West in Buckhead. For additional information on the HABLA Awards, please visit HABLAawards.com.

SHPE announces STAR Awards recipients, U.S. Army and Johnson & Johnson

 

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The SHPE annual conference will take place in Detroit from November 5-9.

 

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) announced today its 2014 STAR Awards recipients for Company of the Year and Government Agency of the Year. Johnson & Johnson is named “Company of the Year,” and the U.S. Army received “Government Agency of the Year” for their roles as key contributors to the Hispanic community in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

“We are proud to present this year’s STAR Awards to Johnson & Johnson as Company of the Year and U.S. Army as Government Agency of the Year,” said Barry Cordero, SHPE President and Interim CEO. “These two companies have provided exceptional support for SHPE and its programs. We look forward to their continued collaboration in preparing our next generation of Hispanic STEM leaders.”

The STAR Awards are presented annually by SHPE, recognizing individuals and corporations nationally for their dedication, commitment and selfless efforts to the growth and advancement of Hispanics through STEM careers. The STAR Awards offer several other honored categories representing exceptional college students to industry professionals and public and private corporations.

The Company of the Year and Government Agency Awards are given to a company or agency demonstrating outstanding support to SHPE and SHPE Foundation educational programs.

“On behalf of everyone at Johnson & Johnson, we are honored to be recognized by SHPE as this year’s STAR Awards recipient for Company of the Year”, said Jeanne Fedoryk, Vice President of Talent Acquisition at Johnson & Johnson. “SHPE has been a valuable partner in our commitment to diversity and inclusion and has contributed significantly to this effort. We have successfully partnered with SHPE on a variety of programs including the Corporate Readiness program aimed at providing young professionals the tools required to be successful in the workplace.  At Johnson & Johnson we know that our differences help to drive innovation and to better understand the needs of our customers around the world.”

All 20 recipients of the 2014 STAR Awards will be recognized at this year’s SHPE Conference November 5–9 in Detroit, Michigan at the COBO Center.

3M returns as presenting sponsor for the 2015 Positive Impact Awards

 

 

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The Positive Impact Awards will be held on March 19, 2015, and nominations will be accepted through December 8, 2014.

3M will return as the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Positive Impact Awards, which will take place during Hispanicize 2015, the nation’s premier Latino trends event for bloggers, marketers, journalists, musicians, filmmakers and tech leaders. Now in its sixth year, Hispanicize will take place in Miami at the InterContinental Miami Hotel from March 16-20, 2015.

Nominations for the awards are being accepted online through December 8, 2014 at http://bit.ly/3MpactPIA. Five honorees will be chosen from those nominated by a panel of leaders from various industries, including Hispanicize 2015 advisory board members. Audiences will later have the chance to vote online for one honoree to be recognized as Positive Impact Person of the Year at the awards gala on March 19, 2015 in Miami.

“When we partnered with 3M to do this program, we simply had a vision to tell the inspiring stories of Latinos who excel at doing good, but we couldn’t have imagined what an empowering and profoundly moving program this would become for the event,” said Hispanicize founder Manny Ruiz.

Dr. Anthony Gonzalez is known throughout the nation for his advancements in robotic surgery, but in many underserved communities, he’s known simply as Dr. Tony.

Several times a year, he leaves his ginormous job as chief of surgery at Baptist Hospital of Miami and heads to the impoverished villages of Northern Haiti, where he repairs hernias, cuts out tumors and performs other life-saving procedures at no cost. In his hometown of Miami, he offers many of his services pro-bono, helping those who lack good medical care.

Dr. Gonzalez’s unyielding devotion to vulnerable patients is at the heart of the Hispanicize Positive Impact Awards, which honors outstanding Latinos who work tirelessly to uplift their communities.

Dr. Gonzalez, who was among the 2014 award winners, said he loves the personal connections he makes through healing. “It allows me to serve with the gifts given to me by God,” said Gonzalez, who is also the medical director for the Living Hope Haiti Christian Mission.

“3M is able to make a strong connection with the Latino community through the powerful, uplifting work of these winners,” said Stephen Sanchez, 3M’s global communications manager. “That’s why it is such an honor to sponsor these awards and be affiliated with this event.”

Hispanicize 2015 is expected to gather more than 2,100 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals over five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami.

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Goya to Donate $150,000 to Marc Anthony’s Maestro Cares Foundation for Latin American orphans

 

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Goya Foods, will donate $150,000 to the Maestro Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Marc Anthony and Henry Cardenas to support the housing and educational needs of orphaned and underprivileged children in developing Latin American countries.

The donation will go towards the development and construction of one of Maestro Care’s new orphanages and schools for over 200 children in Barranquilla, Colombia.  In 2013, Goya donated an additional $150,000 to the construction of Maestro Care’s first orphanage for over 100 children in La Romana, Dominican Republic and recently provided 50,000 pounds of food. “We’ve supported The Maestro Cares Foundation from the beginning because we believe in the power of their mission: to change the destiny and environment of these children,” says Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.  “With the alarming number of orphans in South America and the personal dedication of Marc AnthonyHenry Cardenas and staff members, we are honored to be a part of their mission and to see their efforts and hard work grow.”

The new complex, which measures 30,000 square feet, will feature state-of-the-art designs and include a kitchen, laundry room, cafeteria, library, church, classrooms, dorm rooms, health clinic, a teacher’s lounge, workshop area, business center, and indoor and outdoor recreational areas including a soccer field.  “We are deeply grateful for our partnership with Goya Foods and their support of the mission of the Maestro Cares Foundation.  Having Goya’s support for our first project in the Dominican Republic and now our second project inColombia demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to improving the lives of the neediest children in Latin America,” says Marc Anthony, founder of the foundation.

The donation will help to provide housing, clothing, food and staff while assisting in the academic, social and recreational development of the children through various programs.

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