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Broadway Icon Chita Rivera receives Latina Legend Award from 100 Hispanic Women, Inc. at Annual Benefit Gala

Chita Rivera (R) receives the 100 Hispanic Women National Latina Legend Award from Nancy Genova (L) Photo by Daily Photography

Chita Rivera (R) receives the 100 Hispanic Women National Latina Legend Award from Nancy Genova (L) Photo by Daily Photography

Two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera received the inaugural LATINA LEGEND AWARD from 100 Hispanic Women, Inc. at their 19th Annual gala at Cipriani Wall Street on September 17, 2015. The Broadway icon was honored for her service representing the Hispanic community.

In her remarks, Ms. Rivera said  “Not only here in New York City but throughout the country, Hispanic women are giving new strength and energy to the world economy, whether it be in the arts, medicine, law or Wall Street.  We have made vital contributions and will continue to do so.  I feel that soon we will become not 100 Hispanic Women but 100 million Hispanic women all doing daring and exceptional things. We are ALL part of the American dream.”

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

“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, Inc. stated.

“The Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Family is especially proud that Dr. Magdy Mikhail was selected for the Honorable “Men” Cion award. Bronx-Lebanon’s Womens Health Center, under his leadership, is delivering exceptional services for the women of our community,” said Milagros Baez O’Toole, Executive Committee, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Board of Trustees/President Emerita & Founding Member of 100 Hispanic Women, Inc.

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.

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.

www.chitarivera.com

100hispanicwomen.org

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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 FebOne1960.com Blog, Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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