Bronxites Have A Ball At Bronx Ball Gala

(l-r) Honoree Dr. Manny Villafana; emcee Sukanya Krishnan; honoree Selenis Leyva; Olga Luz Tirado, Bronx Tourism Council executive director; Borough President Diaz; honorees Prince Royce and Funkmaster Flex with Marlene Cintron, Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation president.
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Everyone had a ball at this year’s Bronx Ball Gala! The annual Bronx Ball Gala was held on Saturday, May 20 at the Pelham Split Rock Golf Clubhouse. The black tie event paid homage to the noteworthy Bronxites featured at this year’s Bronx Walk of Fame inductions: innovator Dr. Manny Villafana whose design and implementation of a device enhanced the pacemaker; actress Selenis Leyva from the Netflix series ‘Orange is the New Black’; DJ Funkmaster Flex who hosts a New York hip-hop radio show and singer/songwriter Prince Royce, writer of ‘Stand By Me’ and the recently released ‘Deja vu’, a duet with Shakira.

Actress Selenis Leyva (l) graciously accepted her award from Diaz.
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Prince Royce (l) proudly accepted his award from the borough president.
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Olga Luz Tirado (r) presented an award to Karen Meyerhoff, Wave Hill president.
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(l-r) Assembly members Mark Gjonaj and Marcos Crespo; Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie; Borough President Diaz with his wife, Hilda; honorees Selenis Leyva and Prince Royce; Senator Jose Serrano; Congressman Jose Serrano and honoree Dr. Villafana with his wife, Elizabeth.
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Prince Royce (c) received congraulations from Borough President Diaz and the borough president’s mother.
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(l-r) Juan Tavarez, Healthfirst site developer; Miosotis Munoz, Montefiore Community Relations manager; Assemblyman Crespos; Melissa Colon from United Healthcare; Juan Gabriel de Jesus, 40th Precinct Community Council president and Bishop Angelo Rosario, Church of God’s Children.
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