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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26)

MIAMI, FL – Today, as Hispanic Heritage Month draws to close, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), the first South American immigrant elected to Congress and member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, held a virtual ceremony to honor seven local Hispanic leaders who have made a lasting impact on the community. A group of students also attended the event to learn about Hispanic leadership and heritage, and receive a message of hope from awardees.

“I am proud that we have so many people in our district who trace their heritage to Latin America – they or their families are from Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Nicaragua, Ecuador, and so many other places, but they all decided to grow our roots here, in South Florida,” said Mucarsel-Powell. “Across the country and in South Florida, the contributions of our Hispanic community are on full display. It is my commitment to recognize our local Hispanic leaders who have made significant contributions in the areas of education, business, sports, advocacy, community service, and arts and culture. We must continue to learn from them and uplift their stories.”

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell for my contributions to our community. Hispanic Heritage Month is an important time to reflect on all the strides Hispanic entrepreneurs and business leaders have made that paved the way for future generations to come,” said Chef Adrianne Calvo.

“I am very excited to be honored by Florida’s 26th Congressional District and Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell,” said Nick Sanchez. “Being a part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program has really given me a platform to not only showcase my talents as a driver, but make an impact around me every day. I have had the privilege to be a role model for young people and volunteer with several different philanthropic efforts in communities across the country.”

Full bios and pictures of honorees can be found HERE. A video of the event can be found HERE.

Honorees included:

  • Dr. Eduardo Padron, President Emeritus of Miami-Dade College
  • Chef Adrianne Calvo, Celebrity Chef, Author, Television Personality, Philanthropist, and Restaurateur;
  • Maria C. Alonso, President and CEO of United Way in Miami Dade;
  • Nick Sanchez, NASCAR Driver and Member of NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Development Class;
  • Arturo Lopez, Executive Director of Coalition of Florida Farmworkers Organizations;
  • Audelia Martinez, Executive Director of Le Jardin Community Center;
  • Susan J. Rubio Rivera, Executive Director of MUJER;