On a night dedicated to honoring the pioneering Puerto Ricans whose tireless work has set the standard for Hispanics, defining the image and perception of the Hispanic community in the United States, HITN held its second awards ceremony as part of Puerto Rican Heritage Month.
Puerto Rican and Hispanic Community members, elected officials, and special guests gathered at the Hunter College Center for Puerto Rican Studies auditorium to celebrate those pioneers whose careers have exemplified dedication and service to the community.
“We, Puerto Ricans, have been an integral part of various sectors in this country. And this year, our goal is to continue paying tribute to the contributions of Puerto Rican pioneers, acknowledging individuals whose historical impacts have enriched society and their respective communities,” said Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN, in his opening speech.
The tribute included the presentation of a series of reports dedicated to each of the recognized individuals: Hon. José Rivera, Dr. Lourdes Ramos Rivas, Billy Ocasio, Ramón Figueroa Sorrentini & Irmgard Iglesias, and Olga Méndez (posthumous award). Although each honoree resides in a different city, they all share Puerto Rican roots. These videos will become part of the VOCES series, integrated into the channel’s regular programming and digital platforms.
Attendees also enjoyed the social aspect of the event, featuring traditional music and hor d’oeuvres from the island’s cuisine. It was an opportunity for them to interact with the honorees as well.
This recognition of Puerto Rican pioneers during Puerto Rican Heritage Month has become an annual HITN-sponsored event to highlight the presence of the Hispanic community. The series can be seen on the Puerto Rican Heritage website.