The Hispanic Business Council’s (HBC) 14th Annual GALA Osceola, presented by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, took place this past Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Yacht & Beach Convention Center, honoring the Estrella, Amigo, Compadre and Presidente Awards Recipients.
Again this year, the Hispanic Business Council of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando joined forces to present the “Estrella” Award. This is an award of merit presented to outstanding, dedicated individuals who have contributed to the enrichment and overall growth of Hispanics in Central Florida or have excelled as a Hispanic Leader in the region in any of the following areas: arts, culture, entertainment, community outreach, not for profit, business, government, education and economic development. A selection committee represented by both chambers elected Eva Pagán Hill, Working Together / Trabajando Juntos Coalition, as the recipient of this prestigious award. With the presentation of the Estrella Award, both organizations are taking a step forward in advancing collaboration practices and partnerships to promote Hispanic business success in Central Florida.
Chris Gent, Kissimmee Utility Authority, is this year’s recipient for The “Amigo” Award. This award is presented every year to recognize a company/individual who has a track record of strong support for the Hispanic Community and businesses in Osceola County.
Augusto Sanabria, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, is presented this year with the “Compadre” Award. The “Compadre” Award was created to recognize an organization/individual that demonstrated extraordinary support to the Hispanic Community.
The “Presidente” Award was presented to Matt Thursam with Walt Disney World by the Hispanic Business Council Chairman, Jose Nido, this award is presented to an HBC member that has gone above and beyond in support of the HBC.
Everyone enjoyed an elegant evening of music, dance and entertainment presented by Latin Cnergy. Gala Osceola was presented by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, and sponsored by Florida Hospital – Kissimmee – Celebration Health, Kissimmee Utility Authority, State Farm, Orlando Magic, Wyndham Worldwide, Bright House Networks, and El Osceola Star Newspaper.
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