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Broadway Icon Chita Rivera to be presented with Inaugural 2015 Latina Legend Award at 19th Annual 100 Hispanic Women National, Inc. Gala on Sept. 17

Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

The 100 Hispanic Women National, Inc. (100HW) will host its 19th annual awards dinner  “An Inspirational Evening” on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Cipriani’s Wall Street in New York City.

The 100 Hispanic Women’s “Latina Legend” Award will be bestowed for the first time in the history of the organization to Ms. Chita Rivera.

Chita Rivera is Broadway’s most versatile and accomplished singer, dancer and actress. She has won Two Tony Awards and received an exceptional 10 Tony Award nominations for her starring roles in such landmark Broadway musicals as West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Chicago, The Rink,  Kiss of the Spider Woman and, most recently The Visit.  Ms. Rivera received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama and was the first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honor.

The Latina Legend Award will continue to be awarded annually by the 100 Hispanic Women as recognition to individuals who have been recognized nationally as first time recipients in any given field and noteworthy service representing the Hispanic community.

Also being recognized at the 2015 gala are the following honorees: Lorraine Montenegro, Historical Consultant for United Bronx Parents, Inc. will receive the Latina Service of Excellence Award; Rose Rodriguez, New York State Chief Diversity Officer will receive the Public Service Leadership Award; the Every Woman Wellness has been selected to receive the Groundbreakers Award and will be accepted by Dr. Juana L. Cuevas, Dr. Lisette Lugo and Dr. Monica Simons; and the annual “Men-Ción” Honorable Award will be presented to Dr. Magdy Mikhail, Chair of the Department of OBY/GYN and Women’s Health at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center.

As part of the program, there will be a special tribute to Presidenta Emerita and Founding Member Milagros Baez O’Toole for her leadership and guidance since the inception of the organization.

“We are extremely proud of Chita Rivera’s outstanding accomplishments, the many years of commitment from Milagros Baez O’Toole, and the amazing work of all this year’s gala honorees”, Nancy Genova President of the 100 Hispanic Women National, Inc. stated.

100 HISPANIC WOMEN NATIONAL, INC. is a non-profit, non-partisan women’s organization dedicated to guiding Latinas towards excellence in leadership by fostering educational enrichment and creating opportunities to promote personal and professional advancement.  It is through the annual gala that the organization raises the much needed funds to support the organization’s efforts to secure scholarships for our young scholars.

For further information and/or to purchase tickets for the gala, email or call the office directly at (646) 852-9665.

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Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Blog, Jade Magazine and

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