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Lo Mejor De Nuestra Comunidad Award

Through Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad Award, Comité Noviembre recognizes outstanding individuals who are making a difference in the Puerto Rican community – men and women who through the conviction of their character devote their talents to empowering others and making a positive impact. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge and pay tribute to exceptional Puerto Ricans who are usually our unsung heroes.


The recipients of this award are chosen by Comité Noviembre from nominations submitted by the community. The Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad Award are presented each year at the Comité Noviembre Kick-Off celebration of Puerto Rican Heritage Month usually held the fourth week of October. 


  • Candidates must be Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent.

  • The accomplishments and contributions of the candidate must directly affect the Puerto Rican community.

  • Candidates must be agents of change, advocates, or risk takers, individuals who empower others by action and/or help to build organizational capacity.

  • There is no age limit on candidates.



The Puerto Rican Heritage Month's Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad Award is given to an individual based on that individual’s personal achievements and commitment. It is not given to groups of people, organizations, or as a memorial award to people who have died.


Letter of nomination and support should highlight why the individual is being recommended for this recognition, how long the nominator has known the candidate, and the specific contributions this individual has made to the betterment and enhancement of the Puerto Rican community. The accomplishments listed should not be part of the candidate’s job responsibilities.
The nominator should address any significant obstacles overcome by the candidate (if any) and give example(s) of the candidate going beyond the call of duty.


Candidates should represent a cross section of the Puerto Rican community: educators, health providers, artists, community organizers and activists, business professionals, volunteers, youth, senior citizens, etc. A complete nomination file includes an application form, a letter of nomination, a letter of support, and a photograph.



  • A complete nomination form

  • Letter of Nomination

  • Letter of support for the candidate

  • Photograph of the candidate



Elba Cabrera

Co-Chair, Comité Noviembre Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad Committee

(917) 455-8772,


Suleika Cabrera Drinane

Co-Chair, Comité Noviembre Lo Mejor de Nuestra Comunidad Committee

646) 236-7705,


  • 2023 Lo Mejor De Nuestra Comunidad Applications are due July 31, 2023 

  • 2023 Awardees will be contacted by September 11, 2023

  • Download 2023 Application

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