Honorees

Grand Marshal
Juan Luis Guerra, Singer-Songwriter
La Madrina
Daisy Auger­-Domínguez, Global Head of Diversity Staffing at Google
La Madrina Internacional
Alicia Ortega, General Executive Director and VP of Noticias SIN
Lifetime Achievement
Nurys De Oleo, Senior Advisor at the Office of NYS Senator Adriano Espaillat
Ambassador of Public Service
Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, 21st Council District in Queens Chair of the City Council's Committee on Finance
Ambassador of Community Service
Zenaida Méndez, Director of the MNN el Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center
Ambassador of Community Service
Ana-Ofelia Rodríguez, Director of Community Engagement of BHC (Broadway Housing Communities)
Ambassador of Community Service
Rosita Romero, Executive Director, Dominican Women Development Center
Anacaona
Carolina Contreras “Miss Rizos”, Owner and Founder of Miss Rizos Beauty Salon
Cacique
Mino Lora, Co-Founder of the People’s Theater Project
Cacique
Diomary Peña, 2016 Soberano Award-winning Singer
Cacique
Raquel Cepeda, Author of Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, Journalist, Critic and Film-maker
Rising Star
Alejandra Castillo, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency
Rising Star
Jenny Jorge, VP Operations at Compare Foods
Rising Star
Rosanna Vargas, Litigation Attorney at Akerman LLP, Commissioner of the Board of Elections in the City of New York
Ambassador of the Arts
Scherezade Garcia, Interdisciplinary visual artist
Ambassador of the Arts
Yorka Ralwins, Figurative expressionist painter
Ambassador of the Arts
Iliana Emilia Garcia Ubiñas, Multidisciplinary visual artist
Ambassador of the Beauty Industry
Patria López, Founder and Owner of Josie’s Beauty Center & Spa
Ambassador of Communication
Sibila Vargas, WNBC-TV News Anchor
Ambassador of Fashion
Milagros Batista, Founder and Owner of Batista Collections (Handmade Crochet & Knitwear)
Ambassador of Fashion
Lucia Rodríguez, Founder and Owner of Lucia Rodríguez Wedding & Fashion Designs
Ambassador of Health
Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA), Nationally known worker-owned home care agency
Ambassador of Health
Dr. Angela Diaz, MD, MPH, Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
Ambassador of Health
Dr. Amarilis Jacobo, DDS, General Dentistry in Private Practice, President of the Hispanic Dental Association
Embajadora Del Sabor
Daysi Medina Lebron, Founder of Bizcocho de Colores
Embajadora Del Sabor
Margarita Santana, Founder and Owner of Margot Restaurant
Ambassador of Science and Innovation
Dora Maria Abreu, PMP, CSM, IT Project Manager at Credit Suisse, Speaker, Trainer & Coach at John Maxwell Team
Ambassador of Science and Innovation
Dr. Karina Edmonds, Technology Transfer Coordinator for the U.S Department of Energy (DOE)
Special Recognition
Clarissa Molina, Nuestra Belleza Latina 2016

Past

Grand Marshal, 2015

Pedro Martinez, Baseball Player and Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee

Queen, 2015

Celines Toribio, Actress, Model and Television Personality

King, 2015

Johnny Ventura, Dominican Singer and Former Mayor of Santo Domingo

Madrina, 2015

Julissa Reynoso Pantaleon, Former United States Ambassador

Padrino, 2015

Judge Rolando Acosta, Associate Justice of the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court

Madrina Internacional, 2015

Merijoel Duran, Univision 41

Padrino Internacional, 2015

Eduardo Selman, General Consul of the Dominican Republic

Ambassadors, 2015

Isolda Peguero, Reporter, Telemundo

Sofia LaChapelle, Telemundo Network Correspondent

Jose Acosta, Dominican Writer and Author

Andres Merejo, Dr. Andres Perejo, Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo

Anacaona, 2015

Sheila Garcia, Community Leader

Caciques, 2015

Jose Zabala, Digital Communications and Dominican Film Festival Organizer

Cesar Romero, President of Instituto Duartiano

Ramon Anibal, Producer, Ramon Anibal TV Show

Negro Santo, Director and Host “Santo Domingo Invita”

Lifetime Achievement Awards, 2015

Johnny Pacheco, International Salsa Legend and Percussionist

Dr. Marilu Galvan, Executive Director, Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano

Fefita La Grande, Prolific female accordionist

Rising Stars, 2015

Jackie Cruz, “La Flaca” Orange Is The New Black

Jessica Pimentel, “Maria Ruiz” Orange Is The New Black

Laura Gomez, “Blanca Florez” Orange Is The New Black

Selenis Leyva, “Gloria Mendoza” Orange Is The New Black

Dascha Polanco, “Daya Diaz” Orange Is The New Black

Special Recognition, 2015

Francisca Lachapel, Nuestra Belleza Latina 2015