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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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