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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 has made to Puerto Rico, to this country, and to the world has been immeasurable.  But one thing that has remained constant and crystal clear for each of them is their unconditional love and commitment to their culture, history, and Puerto Rico.

  • 2023 Honorees

  • Isabel Abislaiman, Esq.

  • Dr. Mildred Garcia

  • Ivan Enrique Rodriguez

  • Belkis Moya

  • Wallace Eddgecomb

  • 2022 Honorees:

  • Ignacio Cortés Gelpi

  • Barbara Herr   

  • Elizabeth Velez

  • 2021 Honorees:

  • Gustavo Del Toro, MD

  • Michelle M. Martinez-Montemajor, PhD

  • Hilda E. Rodriguez

  • 2019 Honorees:

  • Clara Minet

  • Marcos A. Rivera Sanchez

  • Dr. Felix V. Matos Rodriguez

  • 2018 Honorees:

  • Julio "Gaby" Acevedo

  • Manolo Marquez

  • Gloria Del C. Amador

  • Christine Nieves

  • Luis Rodriguez Sanchez

  • 2017 Honorees:

  • Eric Crespo

  • Steven Feliciano

  • Daniella Rodriguez Besosa

  • Raul Russi

  • Christina Sumaza

  • Fernando Sumaza

  • Spokesperson and Honoree: Stephanie Llanes

  • 2013 Honorees

  • Spokesperson and honoree: Marybeth Melendez

  • Giselle Blondet

  • Luis Alberto Ferre Rangel

  • Jason Nieves

  • Luis D. Ortiz

  • Allan Villafano

  • 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; and 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; and 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; Carol Robles Román, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company; and José O. Aguiar, 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, actress; 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.

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