Abrazo Boricua Honors Local Trailblazers

(l-r) Ramel Johnson, Rafael Benitez, Luis Valenzuela, Jose Vargas, Miguel Felix and Robison Perez were ready to party.
Photo by Miriam Quin

Local elected officials and residents toasted several distinguished Puerto Rican trailblazers at a prestigious ceremony.

Hosted by Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr.; assembly members Marcos Crespo, Luis Sepulveda and Victor Pichardo, Councilman Rafael Salamanca and Senator Marisol Alcantara, the annual ‘Abrazo Boricua in New York’ was celebrated on Thursday, June 8 at Eastwood Manor Caterers.

This year’s honored leaders were the Bronx Historical Society‘s Angel Hernandez; Dr. Howard Rosas, Hebrew Home of Riverside-River Health South consultant; Julia Garced Rodriguez, Community Board 9 member; Angel Caballero, Davidson Community Center executive director and Jenny Rivera Lozada, Aguila, Inc. director.

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