Reunion of Hispanic Women of Distinction Sets the Scene for August 23rd event

The 18th annual Hispanic Women of Distinction Charity luncheon to be held on August 23rd at Signature Grand in Davie, Florida is anticipating another sell-out of more than 900 guests paying tribute to Latina professionals who are strengthening the social fabric of this country and making inroads in the leadership pipeline for a growingly diverse America. This year, more than 60 nominations were submitted by prior honorees, community leaders and non-profit groups. 

What the women have in common and is a major part of the judging process, is their American entrepreneurship intertwined with their values and traditions. They represent a cross-section of creative disciplines that are changing the face of American culture.  The accomplishments of these Latinas stand on their own and are even more significant given the traditional roadblocks that exist for women, especially Latinas. These women serve as role models and an inspiration to the next generation of women.

Presented by Latina Style Magazine, the nation’s leader in Hispanic women business, in partnership with Bank of America and AARP, Florida, this popular high-powered exciting event includes a complimentary “mojito” and silent auction, hors d’hoerves, entertainment, designer runway fashion show presented by Karnna Fashion Lab and a business expo.  

Major co-sponsors include Latin Business Today, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rick Case Automotive Group, Holy Cross Hospital, State Farm Insurance, Holy Cross Hospital, Signature Grand, Memorial Healthcare System and Baptist Health South Florida.

Past honorees will open the show and strut the 140 feet runway to get the excitement started. NBC6/Telemundo investigative reporter, Myriam Masihy as Mistress of Ceremonies will kick off the show and the luncheon will be live on social media.

The event benefits March of Dimes and Take Stock in Children, two charitable organizations leading the way for south Florida families.

 Take Stock in Children is the Broward County affiliate of a statewide Florida non-profit organization that provides a unique opportunity for low-income and at-risk students to escape the cycle of poverty through education. They offer students caring volunteer mentors, student advocacy, college readiness, and college scholarships.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. 

La Poderosa Radio will air their radio programs live at the luncheon interviewing honorees, sponsors and community leaders and with a host of media partners who participate annually promoting the honorees and their contributions. 


To be honored from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County are:

Andrea Apa – Academic Associate Dean, Broward College (Hollywood)

Diana Arteaga –VP Government Relations/Public Affairs Broward Health (Ft. Lauderdale)

Ana Castilla – VP Fla Regional Community Development TD Bank (Coral Gables)

Mirylsa Colon-Martinez, MD, FAAOS – Orthowellness Boca Raton (Boca Raton)

Marianela Collado –CEO & Co-Owner, Tobias Financial Advisors (Weston)

Amanda Laird Frey – Executive Director, Take Stock in Children Broward (Sunrise)

Belinda Leon, Ed.D. – Founder, Premier Educational Consulting (Doral)

Myrna Maysonet – Partner, Greenspoon Marder (Fort Lauderdale)

Aurora Ortiz – Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County (Palm Beach)

Jasmin Ortiz-Batir – OMS Associates- Vice President and Administrator (Plantation)

Claudia Puig – Pres/Gen Manger, Local Media-Univision Communications (Coral Gables)

Graciela Valdes, CPP – Graciela Valdes Fine Art Photography – (Fort Lauderdale)

2019 Latina Pioneer of the Year:  Betty Alonso, President CEO, ConnectFamilias (Miami)


ConnectFamilias Partnership serves as a hub to bring services into the community and increase access to care and community resources in a safe nurturing and supportive environment in the neighborhood.  With over 75 cross-sector partners Betty’s work is to co-design solutions that strengthen and expand the community’s safety net for families where they live, work, go to school and play.

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