Vme TV, the national Spanish-language television network affiliated with public television stations, will air “Vme Especiales: Premios Impacto Positivo,” an exclusive look at the 20 extraordinary honorees of the 2014 Hispanicize Positive Impact Awards. The special awards program, a first of its kind for the Latino community, takes a look at 20 ordinary Latinos who have dedicated their life to doing extraordinary acts of selflessness. The show is set to air on June 6, 2014 at 10 p.m. E/P on Vme TV.

Selected from hundreds of nominations submitted nationwide, the honorees in the inaugural presentation of the Positive Impact Awards represent a wide spectrum of industries including medicine, technology, the arts, and education, among others. Each honoree was selected as a recipient for a Positive Impact Award based on his or her unwavering dedication, resourcefulness, vision and overall impact on the communities they represent.

“Vme TV is dedicated to using its platform to highlight the generous and exceptional work that people in the Latino community are doing, such as those honored at the Positive Impact Awards,” said Vme TV Vice President of Marketing Ralph Parkman. “Contrary to the perpetual imagery of violence and crime that we see in the media, Hispanic Americans are a compassionate and hard-working group of people and it is important that we focus on leaders that our community can emulate.”

Created by Hispanicize, the annual Latino event for influencers in blogging, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech, and sponsored by 3M, the 2014 Positive Impact Awards sought to identify the foot soldiers of the community who work tirelessly and selflessly to ensure a better future for others. The award was established in honor of the late Louis Pagan, co-founder of Hispanicize and well-known social media entrepreneur who was widely known for his kindness and commitment to giving the community a voice through his vast social media networks.

“We are proud to have partnered with Vme TV to highlight these exceptional honorees and we are thrilled to share their inspiring stories with television audiences across America,” said Hispanicize Founder Manny Ruiz. “We when created the Positive Impact Awards we knew that it would be well-received, but we could have never imagined the excitement that the event would generate. The outstanding individuals that were honored are truly representative of selfless commitment and dedication to community and this is our way of thanking them for their work.”

Vme TV’s partnership with Hispanicize forms part of the network’s programming strategy to highlight its key pillars and values while emphasizing content that is enriching and inspirational for the Hispanic American population. This alliance is part of an effort to engage Hispanic Americans and provide resources for their advancement. Similar partnerships have been formed with other organizations including ASPIRA, the United States Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and the Hispanic Heritage Youth Foundation, among others.


Vme TV (pronounced veh-meh), is the national Spanish-language television network in association with public television stations. Reaching more than 70 million households in the United States, Vme TV is broadcast in 43 markets by PBS stations and is available on DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, as well as major cable companies including Comcast. The 24-hour digital broadcast service is dedicated to entertain, educate and inspire families in Spanish with a contemporary mix of original productions, exclusive premieres, acquisitions, and popular public television programs specially adapted for Hispanics.

About Hispanicize 2014
Now in its fifth year, Hispanicize 2014 (http://www.HispanicizeEvent.com) (#Hispz14) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, journalism, advertising, PR, technology, film and music.

Co-chaired by award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa of NPR’s Latino USA and Patricia Pineda, Group Vice President of the Hispanic Business Strategy Group of Toyota Motor North America, Hispanicize 2014 is expected to gather more than 1,700 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of blogging, journalism, technology, music, marketing, film and business over four full days. Featuring U.S. Hispanic thought leaders and celebrities, the 5th anniversary edition of Hispanicize will be taking place at the InterContinental Miami hotel with several offsite events at major cultural venues.

The event is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico.

Hispanicize 2014, a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), will be held at the InterContinental Miami hotel, April 1-4, 2014 in downtown Miami.


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