Posted by: gmontealegre | April 1, 2015






Friends of the Hispanic Research and Information Center
Announces 2015 Honorees for May 14th Awards Dinner
Theme: “Shaping Our Future: Today’s Young Latino Leaders”

NEWARK – The Friends of the Hispanic Research and Information Center (FoHRIC) is gearing up for the 2015 Awards Dinner & Silent Auction on May 14, 2015, at Mayfair Farms in West Orange.

This event marks the 14th year of the organization’s support for the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center (NJHRIC) at The Newark Public Library. The mission of the NJHRIC is to inspire lifelong learning in the Latino community, and to rescue and preserve the Latino historic legacy in the state.

The 2015 Awards Dinner continues the tradition of holding a signature event to recognize Latino leaders who empower their communities and thus contribute to New Jersey’s society. The 2015 event theme is: Shaping Our Future: Today’s Young Latino Leaders.

The 2015 María De Castro Blake Community Service Award will be presented to: Carlos Medina, Esq., Chairman, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey; and Grizel Ubarry, President, G. Ubarry Inc. This award was named after the late Puerto Rican activist María De Castro Blake, an outspoken New Jersey Latino community supporter who rose from a garment worker to an assistant dean at Rutgers-Newark.

The Shaping Our Future Leadership Award honorees are: Jonathan Jiménez, Medicine; Bryan López, Engineering & Technology; Yesenia López, Library and Information Science; Samantha Grace Mahabir, Education; and Sara Peña, Political Empowerment.

“The 2015 Awards Dinner is an opportunity to recognize, celebrate, and support NJHRIC’s outstanding work,” said José Vélazquez, Chair of FoHRIC’s Board of Directors. “Additionally, this year’s theme emphasizes the importance of shining the spotlight on young women and men who are shaping our future through their work in our communities, and in a variety of fields including engineering and technology, medicine, politics, education, and library and information science.”

The 2015 event has four levels of sponsorship opportunities: $10,000 Platinum Sponsor, $5,000 Gold Sponsor, $3,000 Silver Sponsor, and $1,500 Bronze Sponsor. Individual tickets are $85. Advertising opportunities are available in the event journal. April 17 is the deadline to purchase tickets, and for sponsorship and advertising opportunities.

The NJHRIC consists of three components: the Sala Hispanoamericana; which makes available books and materials for the Spanish-speaking community; the Hispanic Reference Center, which consists of scholarly research materials that document the historic legacy of New Jersey Latinos; and the Puerto Rican Community Archives.

The NJHRIC’s accomplishments also include the publication of “Cubans in New Jersey: Migrants Tell Their Stories,” by Milagros Castillo-Montoya; and the Latino Oral History website, which includes a collection of first-person accounts of the lives and experiences of men and women from diverse Latino backgrounds who call New Jersey home.

The Friends of the HRIC is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization and contributions are tax deductible.

For further information, please contact José Vélazquez at 201.563.9878, or or; Visit to download the invitation and forms. FoHRIC is also on Facebook: PRESS RELEASE






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