Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 15 Years at Annual Hispanic Gala

 Announces Award Recipients at Beautiful Country Estate.


Richmond, VA [CapitalWirePR] October 9, 2015This year’s Hispanic Gala on October 16th celebrates 15 years of building bridges since the Chamber was formed in 2000.

Themed “Quiñceanera,” The Gala highlights the outstanding achievements of Hispanics and is the concluding celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month in Virginia. Featuring tapas, cigar lounge, silent/live auction, dance performance by the Latin Ballet of Virginia with the Quinceanara contest winner, and wine tasting, the event also honors recipients of the prestigious Hispanic Bridge Builder Award, with live entertainment provided by Ban Caribe.

Over $50,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Latino students entering college. Several hundred attendees include business leaders from around the Mid-Atlantic region and public officials from around Virginia.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available at with all proceeds going to benefit the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its foundation, especially its acclaimed Passport to Education program that keeps Latino students on the path to higher education.

The Impacto Latino Bridge Builder of the Year Award goes to Dany Garcia, Entertainment and media empress, the founder and force behind The Garcia Companies, a multi-faceted talent and media management company which oversees Seven Bucks Productions, a full service production company with management client Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Her numerous successes in television and film have garnered her the reputation of an acclaimed producer. A lifelong philanthropist and social advocate, Garcia founded The Beacon Experience, a foundation that identifies promising but at-risk second graders in inner city schools and empowers them throughout their lifelong education with weekly tutoring and scholarships for college. Garcia also competes as a professional IFBB Pro Women’s Physique Bodybuilder.

Other recipients include: Joel Martinez, Hispanic Bridge Builder Education Award, recently joined digital marketing company Red Venture as EVP of Human Capital. Prior to this he was Managing Vice President HR Enterprise Services/Staff at Capital One, and served on the VAHCC Board. Over the years, Martinez was instrumental in securing thousands of dollars of scholarship money to help Latino students; Ana King, Hispanic Bridge Builder in the Arts Award, Founder, and Artistic Director of the Latin Ballet of Virginia, with over twenty years of experience teaching, directing and performing in South America and the United States.

2015 Latino Entrepreneur awards go to Francisco Gonzalez, Panchito (Richmond), Brandon Montijo, Tijo Media (Richmond), Hugo E. Vargas, El Rincón Hispano (Culpepper), and Benito Loyola, Loyola Enterprises, Inc. (Virginia Beach). As leaders in their communities, these Latino entrepreneurs have built successful businesses and proudly stand as a model for all aspiring Latino entrepreneurs.

The Hispanic Gala supports programs of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Foundation, which include the Passport to Education Programs, marketing higher education to Hispanic students and families, bilingual leadership and mentorship programs in schools, Educational Bilingual Web Portal, bilingual business workshops and training seminars, business center and business-assistance programs. These services encourage business development and promote success to individuals desiring to achieve the American dream.

Join us at this year’s Hispanic Gala to celebarate 15 Years for the VAHCC!

    What: The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Hispanic Gala

    When: Friday, October 16th, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Where: Dover Hall Estate, 1500 Manakin Road, Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103

Tickets: $125 members $145 non-members

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About Ramón Jiménez

Ramón Jiménez, actual Managing Editor de MetroLatinoUSA. Periodista que cubre eventos de las comunidades latinas en Washington D.C., Maryland y Virginia. Graduado de la Escuela de Periodismo de la Universidad del Distrito de Columbia. Galardonado en numerosas ocasiones por parte de la Asociación Nacional de Publicaciones Hispanas (NAHP) y otras organizaciones comunitarias y deportivas de la región metropolitana de esta capital. También premiado en dos ocasiones como Mejor Periodista del Año por la cobertura de la comunidad salvadoreña; premios otorgados por la Oficina de Asuntos Latinos del Alcalde de Washington (OLA) y otras organizaciones. Ha sido miembro del jurado calificador en diferentes concursos literarios, de belleza y talento en la región metropolitana. Ha visitado zonas de desastre en Nicaragua, Honduras y El Salvador e invitado a esos países por organizaciones que asisten a personas de escasos recursos económicos. Antes trabajó en otros medios de prensa de Virginia y Washington, D.C., incluyendo reportajes para una agencia noticiosa mundial.

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