Past Benefit Honorees

Our list of honorees is extensive and impressive.  The list includes Puerto Ricans from all backgrounds and walks of life, professions, and areas of expertise.  The impact of the contributions each of these individuals have made to Puerto Rico, this country and the world has been immeasurable.  But one thing has remained constant and crystal clear for each of them is their unconditional love and commitment to their culture, history, and Puerto Rico.

  • 2009:  Choco Orta, La Sonera del Milenio; Carlos A. Picón, Curator in Charge, Department of Greek and Roman Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Katilia Velez, Student & Community Activist, Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San German; Jesús Omar Rivera, El Boricuazo, Historian and Author.

  • 2008: Catherine Gonzalez, Senior Architectural Designer Thornton Tomasetti; Hector Feliciano, author of The Lost Museum; Margarita Lopez, Community Activist, Board Member, NYC Housing Authority; Carlos Alberto, Couture Fashion Designer; and Melina Leon, singer/actress.

  • 2007: Lisa Thon, Fashion Designer; Yolandita Monge, international recording artist; Dr. Luis O. Reyes and Dr. Diana Caballero, education activists; and Maestro Antonio Martorell, renowned artist, poet, and author.

  • 2006: Lynda Baquero, Anchor, NBC 4 New York; Luis Fonsi, international recording artist and producer; Daisy Martinez, Chef, Entrepreneur and Host of Daisy Cooks; and Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU. 

  • 2005: Mary E. Medina, Executive Director, Center for Trustee Initiatives and Recruitment, Greater New York Hospital Association; Dennis Rivera, President, 1199 SEIU; Monsi C. Roman, Chief Microbiologist Environmental Control and Life Support Systems Design and Development Group, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center; and Frankie Negron, salsa singer.

  • 2004: Orlando Figueroa, Space Mission Director, Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs, NASA Headquarters; Jorge Ramos, Anchor, Telemundo 47; Ada Rodríguez, Chief Marketing Officer, Health Plus;  In Memoriam, Richard Perez, former Young Lord, Community Activist, co-Founder, the Justice Committee, National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights. 

  • 2003: Dr. Ricardo Alegría, Historian/Anthropologist; the Honorable Sila María Calderón, Governor, Puerto Rico; Danny Rivera, Humanitarian, world renowned Puerto Rican singer; Rafaél Tufíño, el Pintor del Pueblo. 

  • 2002: Vice Admiral Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, United States Surgeon General Commander, USPHS; Nydia Caro, Singer and Entertainer; Debbie Delgado Vega, Founder and Chairperson of the Latino Organization for Liver Awareness; Carmen Gomez Goldberg, President, AVET Transit, Inc.; and José R. Sánchez, CSW, ACSW, Senior Vice President, Generations+ Health Network. 

  • 2001: Selma Betancourt, Director of External Communications, Health Plus; Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández, President, Herbert H. Lehman College; Luis Garden Acosta, Founder & CEO, El Puente, Inc.; and Denise Quiñones, Miss Universe 2001.

  • 2000: Roberto Clemente Jr., Broadcast Analyst/New York Yankees and President of The Roberto Clemente Foundation; Susan Hernandez, attorney at Law and Carol Robles Román, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Puerto Rico Industrial. Development Company, and José O. Agiuar, President & CEO, Kleener King Industries. 

  • 1999: Dr. Antonia C. Novello, NYS Commissioner of Health; Carlos M. Morales, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Merrill Lynch & Company; Angelo Figueroa, Editor-in-Chief, PEOPLE en Español; and The Young Lords Party.  

  • 1998:  Nereida S. Andino, Former Deputy Manhattan Borough President; Jennifer Lopez, singer/actress; Fernando L. Perez, Senior Specialist for Customer Outreach, Con Edison; and Polito Vega, on-air personality for La Mega. 

  • 1997: Miriam Colón, actresss; Carlos L. Santiago, Vice President, NYNEX;  Millie Hernández Becker, President & CEO, Westchester Air; Tonio Burgos, President, Burgos & Associates;  and Carlos D. Nazario, Jr. President & CEO, Metro Beer and Soda Distributors. 

  • 1996: Dr. Antonia Pantoja, founder of ASPIRA; Goya Foods; and Luis A. Miranda, President of Miranda y Má

 

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2014 Comité Noviembre Gala.  For more images click here.

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2012 Lo Mejor de Nuestro Comunidad Awardee.  For more images click here. Photos by Ana Alicea.

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2013 Comité Noviembre Benefit.  For more images click here. Photos by Robert Figueroa.