The 18th annual Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity luncheon to be held on November 20th at Signature Grand in Davie, Florida that usually generates up to 1000 guests annually, enjoyed the day with less than half of the attendance, but 100% of fun, safety and the positive celebration of Latinas from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Presented by Latina Style National Magazine in partnership with Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center the event generated more than 40 sponsors, many of them donating their seats to non-profit groups to join in the day’s festivities.
“I cannot say it wasn’t a challenge nor an easy decision to reschedule the event from August to November, but with the safety precautions that Signature Grand had in place, the commitment of guests to be masked and socially distanced, we proceeded with the charity luncheon and it was received with excitement and a positive relief from the months of isolation we all experienced,” said Elaine Miceli Vasquez, producer.
The annual event kicked off with the parade of past honorees as well as special video presentation as a tribute to Latinas in Medicine highlighting the many front line workers who have kept us safe and continue to work so hard to combat this pandemic.
Adding to the cultural component was a Brazilian revue, complete with drummers and beautiful dancers presented by Brazilan Beat 2 who created the excitement in the ballroom that brought everyone to their feet.
The Latina Pioneer Award for 2020 was presented to Rita Barreto Craig, President of Top Tier Leadership, a world-wide certified speaker and chair of the Florida Commission on the Status of Women in Florida. Following that special award was the recognition of 12 Hispanic Women of Distinction walking the 120 foot runway, escorted by past honorees.
A unique auction using guests cell phones and video presentations of items for sale as well as raffles, generated up to $5,000 in donations. Flite Center is a non profit organization that guides those aging out of foster care and other vulnerable youth for successful transition to independence through housing, education, employment, and system of care coordination. In addition, Flite Center will receive a $2,500 donation from the Vasquez Family Fund at Broward Community Foundation.
The 2020 honorees are: Jennifer Diliz, Janie Flores, Isabel M. Gonzalez, Mary Muniz-Pellicer, Ruth Moguillansky, Luz Stella Rios, Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez, Estelamari Rodriguez, M.D., Alessandra Stivelman, and Iris Zambrana.
Next year, the 20th anniversary of the Hispanic Women of Distinction will bring a major national focus on south Florida Latinas.