Latina 50 Plus @ Casa Azul

Keynote speaker Gloria Rodriguez, Yvette Martinez, Anita Antonetty, Nilda I. Soto, Maria Aponte, Olga Ayala, María Elena Piña-Fonti, and Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa @ Latina 50 Plus - Casa Azul

Keynote speaker Gloria Rodriguez, Yvette Martinez, Anita Antonetty, Nilda I. Soto, Maria Aponte, Olga Ayala, María Elena Piña-Fonti, and Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa @ Latina 50 Plus – Casa Azul

(April 24, 2014) The recently formed Latina 50 Plus held a meet and greet at La Casa Azul Bookstore in El Barrio, this week. The official gathering was an opportunity for the public and media to engage with key members of the organization, and the inaugural group of distinguished women to be honored at its upcoming awards luncheon.

Latina 50 Plus was founded by Maria Aponte an accomplished poet, performance artist, community arts activist and educator. She has long believed that women who have dedicated long hard years to blazing paths in their respective professions or careers are often rendered invisible, upon reaching a certain age. Latina 50-Plus is dedicated to honoring these women, and to educating the public about their accomplishments.

The list of inaugural nominees include: Yvette Martinez (Arts), co-founder of ¡Retumba! – a multi-ethnic all-female music and dance ensemble; Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa (Literature); María Elena Piña-Fonti (Medicine/Health Care), President of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses; Nilda I. Soto (Education), Assistant Dean for the Office of Diversity Enhancement at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Anita Antonetty (Community Service), New York City Department of Youth and Community Development. The keynote speaker will be Gloria Rodriguez, Professor & Author, Founding Director of DeAlmas Womens Institute at Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY. The awards will be made by artist Olga Ayala.

The 1st Latina 50 Plus Awards Luncheon will be held June 21st , 2014 on the Fordham University Bronx campus. Tickets for the luncheon go on sale in May. For more information, goto: LATINA50PLUS.COM; or contact via email, APONTE_MARIA@HOTMAIL.COM.

 

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