The outstanding contributions of the Spanish-speaking immigrant community in Philadelphia took center stage at the Hispanic Heritage Month Gala, an event annually organized by Hispanic Media to celebrate the achievements of the community.
The gala, hosted by PECO, An Exelon Company, served as a gathering for the Latino community, who came together with one voice to celebrate their Hispanic heritage and the unique roots that define and shine through their journey.
In this edition, presented by Chase, the focus was on recognizing Latino roots and the contributions made by different individuals through their outstanding work that has propelled the Hispanic heritage in Philadelphia.
The hosts of the event were Carlos Adyan, a journalist, TV presenter, model, and influencer, and Valeria Aponte, a presenter, reporter, and influencer, who took the stage after the guests and attendees walked the red carpet.
Among the honorees were Gisele Barreto Fetterman, co-founder of For Good PGH and Free Store 15104; Elizabeth Ayala, Vice President of Hispanic Community Counseling Services; Orfelina Feliz Payne, Executive Director of Puentes de Salud; Carlos Giraldo, President and Real Estate Broker of Giraldo Real Estate Group; Quetcy Lozada, Councilwoman for Philadelphia District 7 (absent); and Ariel Lajara, Assistant Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia.
The surprise of the night came when Carlos Adyan became the seventh awardee, a well-deserved recognition for his outstanding and valuable work that uplifts his roots and the Latino community.
The Hispanic Heritage Month Gala, with the support of AARP Philadelphia and other allies, highlighted the work carried out by each of these honorees, who have served as bridges to improve the living conditions of immigrants living, working, and prospering in the city of Philadelphia.
The distinguished event featured speeches from José Aguirre, representing PECO; María González, President of the Hispanic Association of Contractors & Enterprises (HACE); Omar Sabir, Commissioner; Antonio Valdés, Executive Director of the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center; Jimmy Contreras, Vice President of Regional Communications in the U.S. for JP Morgan Chase; Angela Foreshaw, Manager, State Operations and Community Outreach at AARP Pennsylvania; and Ricardo Hurtado, President & CEO of Hispanic Media.
Hurtado praised Latino leaders and their inspiring examples, affirming that Hispanic Media will always be an ally of the Latino community.
The gala was attended by prominent figures in the city, including Carlos Obrador Garrido, Consul of Mexico; Sulma Dalessio, Director of Field and Meter Services at PECO; Jennifer Gómez Hardy, Founder of Gomez Law Group; Emilio Buitrago, Co-Founder of Casa de Venezuela; Héctor Ayala, President of Hispanic Community Counseling Services; Bruce Datil, Owner of Allstate Insurance Agency; Adonis Banegas, Executive Director of Concilio, among others.
Towards the end of the gala, sport shirts were presented to outstanding local leaders as part of the Champios of the City campaign.
The event, which filled the spaces of Live! Casino & Hotel at 900 Pacher Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, concluded with musical entertainment and the warm and enjoyable camaraderie that characterizes the community.