Over 120 community leaders and guests attended Noche de Gala 2009 “Excellence in Health Care,” sponsored by the Latino Task Force of Monroe County to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. See Photos Gala 2009
Honored speaker PA Deputy Secretary of Health Roberto Torres spoke about health care and underscored the progress made in
. He also discussed current challenges and offered thoughts on what we can do to help sustain health care progress, and realize further improvements in the future. Pennsylvania
This year the following individuals were honored for their contributions: Barbara Keiser, library director of the Eastern Monroe Public Library, for her commitment to inclusion and to embracing newcomers to Monroe County; Lissette M. Lahoz, executive director of the Neighborhood Health Centers Lehigh Valley, for her commitment to the health and welfare of the Latino community in Pennsylvania; and Janet Ford, president of Advanced Cleanroom Microclean (ACM), for her outreach efforts to the Latino workforce of Monroe County. Mt. Airy Casino Resort received an award for its support of Noche de Gala 2008. Mrs. Keiser also received a special recognition award from State Representative John Siptroth.
The 2009 Scholarship Award was given to Jasmine McCormack Jimenez of
for her academic achievement and for submitting the winning essay. Jasmine was an Honor student through 12th grade. She now attends Monroe County (Hazleton Campus), where she is pursuing a degree in psychology. Her desire to enrich the lives of other Latinos in Penn State is a very important goal of hers. Jasmine received an award of recognition from the Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro Cortes, who attended this year’s event. Monroe County
Latino fine artists Maria Ferreris and Jasmine Mirabal-Abrams exhibited their work at the event.Also featured were Noche de Gala youth stars of the D&J group, composed of singers Danny and Joey Perez and Alissa Sanchez, dancers from Reaching For the Stars Dance Studio led by Director Mary Negron, and young singer and pianist Jasmine Ortiz.
The Latino Task Force of Monroe County also received a certificate of special recognition from the Monroe County Commissioners proclaiming Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th-October 15th.