The 19th annual Hispanic Women of Distinction charity luncheon to be held on August 28, 2020 at the Signature Grand event venue in Davie, Florida is anticipating another sell-out crowd of guests paying tribute to the 13 Latina professionals from the tri-county area who are being honored. These are the women whose leadership has been strengthening the social fabric of America’s ever growing and diverse Hispanic population.
Past luncheons have welcomed as many as 900 guests, but, due to the Covid-19 this year’s social distancing guidelines is requiring that guest tables be spread at least six feet apart. This is creating difficulties for this year’s event
organizers to find enough seating for the attendees who are already on an ever-growing reservation list.
To comply with current the CDC event guidelines and the venue’s space limitations, the luncheon’s organizers will accommodate only 6-8 guests at round tables that had seated up to 12 guests in recent years.
“Planning has been a challenge this year,” admits event founder, Elaine Miceli-Vasquez, “but it’s also exciting that, recognizing our space limitations this year and knowing it’s always a sell-out event, guests are making reservations early to ensure their place at this year’s elegant, exciting and culturally-rich luncheon.”
“What these honorees have in common, and is a major part of the judging process, is not only their American entrepreneurship intertwined with their values and traditions, but also their selfless volunteerism in their communities,” reports Miceli-Vasquez. “The accomplishments of these community leaders are even more significant given the traditional roadblocks facing women, especially Latinas.”
The event is being presented by Latina Style Magazine, the nation’s leader in showcasing Hispanic women’s businesses, and in partnership with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
In addition to a delicious gourmet lunch, guests at this popular, high-powered and exciting event will receive a complimentary Mojito, can participate at an online auction, enjoy Latin entertainment, and will view a special video that pays “Tribute to Latinas in Medicine.”
The honorees walk a 120-foot runway to audience cheers as receive their recognition presented by our Mistress of Ceremonies, Telemundo’s Myriam Masihy.
This year’s event will benefit the FLITE Center, the only one-stop resource in Broward County that helps youths transitioning from foster care or who are facing severe risks and challenges as they face adulthood with no family support. The FLITE Center works in partnership with Broward’s foster care placement agency, Child Net, as well as recommendations by judges and magistrates who oversee their care plans. These non-profits serve over 1,500 youths per year and serve as fill a gap in the community for youths and agencies that lack the resources to help them reach full self-sufficiency.
The 2020 Honorees from Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties are:
JENNIFER DILIZ – CEO, Founder, Midnite Communications
JANIE FLORES – President, Buena Vida Media
ISABEL M. GONZALEZ – Chief of Staff & Vice President of Communications & Community Relations at Broward College
RUTH CECILIA MOGUILLANSKY – Principal Planner, Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization
JENNIFER OLMEDO-RODRIGUEZ – Shareholder, Head of Miami Office of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
JENNIFER M. RAYMOND – Executive Director, Family Promise of South Palm Beach County
MARY MUNIZ-PELLICER – Director, Human Resources, YWCA of Greater Miami-Dade, Inc
MONICA RIBEIRO – Vice President, Business Relationship Manager – BankUnited –
LUZ STELLA RIOS, Phd – Managing Director, National Life Group
ESTELAMARI RODRIGUEZ, M.D. – Assoc. Director Community Outreach Thoracic Oncology, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
ALESSANDRA STIVELMAN –Shareholder – Eisinger, Brown, Lewis, Frankel & Chaiet, P.A.
ISIS ZAMBRANA – V.P./ Chief Quality Officer, Jackson Health System
2020 Latina Pioneer of the Year: RITA B CRAIG – President, Top Tier Leadership
Rita formed her company more than 20 years ago helping leaders and organizations build winning cultures, deliver results and maximize performance around the world. An award winning certified speaker and coach she has recently been appointed as one of the 21 women on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. Rita is a resident of Palm Beach Gardens.