Kissimmee, FL – The Hispanic Business Council’s (HBC) 18th Annual Gala Osceola, presented by Walt Disney World Resorts, took place this past Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The presentation of the “Estrella”, “Amigo”, “Comadre”, “Empresario”, and “Presidente” Awards highlighted the formal evening.
This unique event once again achieved the Hispanic Business Council’s primary goal of uniting the various cultures of Osceola County as represented by its many businesses, from large corporations to small business owners.
Gala is a chance to officially recognize those that have excelled in making our community a better place as well as celebrating the diversity of the Hispanic culture.
Again this year, the Hispanic Business Council of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando joined forces to present the “Estrella” Award. This is an award of merit presented to outstanding, dedicated individuals who have contributed to the enrichment and overall growth of Hispanics in Central Florida or have excelled as a Hispanic Leader in the region in any of the following areas: arts, culture, entertainment, community outreach, not for profit, business, government, education and economic development. A selection committee represented by both chambers elected Sister Ann Kendrick as the recipient of this prestigious award. With the presentation of the “Estrella” Award, both organizations are taking a step forward in advancing collaboration practices and partnerships to promote Hispanic business success in Central Florida.
Monica Correa, from Bright House, was this year’s recipient of The “Amigo” Award. This award is presented every year to recognize a company/individual who has a track record of strong support for the Hispanic Community and businesses in Osceola County.
Stella Siracuza, from Tomato Express, was presented this year with the “Compadre” Award. The “Compadre” Award was created to recognize an organization/individual that demonstrated extraordinary support to the Hispanic Community.
The “Presidente” Award was presented to Pablo Rendic Olivieri, from Imagine Digital eXpressions by the Hispanic Business Council Chairman, Angel Soto, this award is presented to an HBC member that has gone above and beyond in support of the HBC.
The “Empresario” Award, is sponsored by Wyndham Worldwide. This award is in recognition to a Hispanic business specifically located at Osceola County. The recipient of the Businessman of the Year, was Nelson Mendez from Noi Café.
Everyone enjoyed an elegant evening of music, dance and entertainment presented by Flamenco De Perfil and Latin Wave Band. Gala Osceola was presented by Walt Disney World Resorts, and sponsored by Kissimmee Utility Authority, Wyndham Worldwide, and Florida Hospital. Other sponsors included Toho Water Authority, RMI, Florida Bank of Commerce, Osceola Regional Medical Center, Orlando Magic, Florida Technical College, and El Osceola Star Newspaper.
The Hispanic Business Council is an organization under the umbrella of the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce. Its mission is to provide leadership, education, networking and marketing opportunities for Hispanic businesses located in the Central Florida Area.
Serving Osceola County since 1924, the Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce is an association of business people whose priority is about improving the business and residential community, while improving and making their business more profitable.