Hola Awards Showcases the Best of Hispanic Community

by Dave on September 8, 2010

The Second Annual Hola Awards on Sept. 25 will showcase some of the most admirable Hispanic leaders in Sussex County, who, during part of the evening, will be serenaded by Billboard artist Prince Royce.

The gala, presented by the talk show “Hola FM” on WGMD, recognizes the extraordinary citizens that help strengthen the local community.

“We have spoken with many of these people on “Hola FM” and learned about the type of work they perform,” said Kevin Andrade, host of the show and the gala. “The Hola Awards is a way to give something back to those who have given so much.”

More than 400 people are expected to attend the event, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.

To honor nominees and participants, this year’s event will also include an after-party with Prince Royce, a young Dominican American from the Bronx who has conquered the radio airwaves throughout the Americas and across the world with his hit single “Stand By Me.” The song is a bilingual version of Ben E. King’s 1960s classic, which was reproduced in 1986.

Awards will go out to nominees in the categories of Extraordinary Community Service and Entrepreneur of the Year. Nominess for Extraordinary Community Service: Sister María Mairlot, Pastor Israel Figueroa, Allison Burris Castellanos, Pastor Anastacio Matamoros, Margaret Reyes, Charlene Nurley and Pastor René Knight

Nominees for the Entrepreneur of the Year award: Evelyn Díaz, Lili Kohr, Ramiro Herrera, Doris González and Enrique Núñez. Listeners of the WGMD program will select the winners.

Journalist Patricia V. Rivera, who is co-hosting the event, said the award show represents a maturation for the local Hispanic community, which now counts among its community and business leaders individuals who make contributions to mainstream society. An awards ceremony — complete with limousine arrivals for key attendees, a red carpet entrance and music from a major artist — gives the community the opportunity to show off the best of the Hispanic culture and people.

“For someone who has chronicled the growth of the Latino community for almost 20 years, being part of this caliber of event is a tremendous honor, and it’s such a pleasure to see that in this region we have so many Latinos who serve as role models for everyone, across racial and ethnic divides,” she said.

Andrade, the visionary behind the event, said the evening is also a demonstration of unity. “Hola FM” on WGMD has drawn Spanish and non-Spanish listeners from all over the upper East Coast. Andrade owns Hola Media Network, a radio communications company that develops other radio programs that are broadcast regionally and internationally.

To learn more about the Hola Awards, or to purchase tickets, visit www.holaawards.com.

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