MIAMI, FL – October 7, 2014 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – 3M will return as the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Positive Impact Awards, which will take place during Hispanicize 2015, the nation’s premier Latino trends event for bloggers, marketers, journalists, musicians, filmmakers and tech leaders. Now in its sixth year, Hispanicize will take place in Miami at the InterContinental Miami Hotel from March 16-20, 2015.

“When we partnered with 3M to do this program, we simply had a vision to tell the inspiring stories of Latinos who excel at doing good, but we couldn’t have imagined what an empowering and profoundly moving program this would become for the event”

Nominations for the awards are being accepted online through December 8, 2014 at Five honorees will be chosen from those nominated by a panel of leaders from various industries, including Hispanicize 2015 advisory board members. Audiences will later have the chance to vote online for one honoree to be recognized as Positive Impact Person of the Year at the awards gala on March 19, 2015 in Miami.

“When we partnered with 3M to do this program, we simply had a vision to tell the inspiring stories of Latinos who excel at doing good, but we couldn’t have imagined what an empowering and profoundly moving program this would become for the event,” said Hispanicize founder Manny Ruiz.



Dr. Anthony Gonzalez is known throughout the nation for his advancements in robotic surgery, but in many underserved communities, he’s known simply as Dr. Tony.

Several times a year, he leaves his ginormous job as chief of surgery at Baptist Hospital of Miami and heads to the impoverished villages of Northern Haiti, where he repairs hernias, cuts out tumors and performs other life-saving procedures at no cost. In his hometown of Miami, he offers many of his services pro-bono, helping those who lack good medical care.

Dr. Gonzalez’s unyielding devotion to vulnerable patients is at the heart of the Hispanicize Positive Impact Awards, which honors outstanding Latinos who work tirelessly to uplift their communities.

Dr. Gonzalez, who was among the 2014 award winners, said he loves the personal connections he makes through healing. “It allows me to serve with the gifts given to me by God,” said Gonzalez, who is also the medical director for the Living Hope Haiti Christian Mission.

“3M is able to make a strong connection with the Latino community through the powerful, uplifting work of these winners,” said Stephen Sanchez, 3M’s global communications manager. “That’s why it is such an honor to sponsor these awards and be affiliated with this event.”

Hispanicize 2015 is expected to gather more than 2,100 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals over five days. The event will take place in downtown Miami.

National Call and Criteria for Nominees

Following is the criteria for Positive Impact Awards nominees:

— Nominees can be of any ethnicity (part or whole), resident status, educational level, age, work and/or professional background.

— Candidates can be nominated in one of several categories, including: education, child welfare, medicine, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), community welfare, human or equal rights, youth leader (under 25 years of age), or other area that may not fit these categories.

— Nominees do not have to be affiliated to any nonprofit or organization, although nonprofit organizations are encouraged to nominate their most outstanding volunteers.

— There are no age restrictions. The nomination of teenagers and young adults is strongly encouraged.

— Aspiring candidates can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else.

— Special consideration will be given to individuals who achieve their magnanimity through volunteerism.

— The top five finalists will be asked to produce two letters of recommendation and submit a two-minute video on YouTube explaining their work and what the nomination means to them.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Sponsorship information is available by contacting [email protected] or calling 203-364-4779.

About Hispanicize 2015
Now in its sixth year, Hispanicize 2015 Week ( (#Hispz15) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in journalism, blogging, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship. A production of the Hispanicize companies that include the Latina Mom Bloggers network, Being Latino, Hispanicize Wire and the Hispanic PR Blog, is a launch pad for creative endeavors, new products, technologies, marketing campaigns, films, books and more targeting Latinos in the U.S. and/or Puerto Rico. Hispanicize 2015 is a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

About 3M
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