Latino Community Services

20th Annual Maria C. Sanchez Award Winners Announced

Monday, November 28, 2011

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20th Annual Maria C. Sanchez Award Winners Announced
HARTFORD – The Connecticut Institute for Community Development (CICD) Puerto Rican Parade, Inc. – Hartford Chapter and Honorary Banquet Chair, Matthew Ritter are honored to announce the 20th Annual Maria C. Sanchez Award Recipients:
Leadership – Leticia Colon – Hartford Hospital
Education – Lillian Ortiz – Naugatuck Valley Community College
Community Service – Yvette Bello – Latino Community Services
Arts & Culture – VIVA Hartford!
Youth Services – Nancy Roldan-Johnson – Latina A.R.M.Y.
Youth Leadership – David Buitrago – West Hill High School
Honorary President’s Award – Antonio Colon
Join us at the 20th Annual Maria C. Sanchez Awards Banquet on Saturday, December 3, 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the CT Convention Center.  The event will provide live entertainment beginning with a cultural “parranda”, live salsa band and a special keynote address from Thomas Ritter, a community leader and long-time friend of Maria C. Sanchez.  The award recipients were selected based on their outstanding contributions to the Puerto Rican and Hispanic community in the areas of leadership, education, community empowerment, cultural enrichment, and activism. 
Maria C. Sanchez, a native of Comerio, Puerto Rico arrived in Hartford in 1953.  She was active in the Puerto Rican community for the better part of her life.  She co-founded Hartford’s Puerto Rican Parade in 1964 and its Miss Puerto Rico of Hartford’s pageant which is the longest standing cultural pageant in existence.  She also co-founded La Casa de Puerto Rico and the Society for Legal Services.  She was a member of Hartford’s Board of Education for 16 years.  In 1988, she was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the Connecticut State General Assembly.  Although almost twenty years has passed since her death, she has been and will always be remembered as a woman who gave selflessly of herself to better enrich the Puerto Rican community.  This event celebrates her legacy by providing scholarships for young people while honoring those who have provided a positive impact on the community.

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