LOS ANGELES, CA – July 22, 2014 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – As part of its 75th anniversary, Moen Incorporated, today celebrated by honoring two Latino individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the lives of Latinos in their respective communities.

“We are delighted to honor Maria and Macedonio who serve as exemplary role models in the Latino community. Their passion and dedication to their communities is a testament to their leadership”

At a special ceremony held at the landmarked Boyle Hotel-Cummings Block, Moen spokesperson Joe Ramirez, presented the Moen Community Leadership & Excellence Award to two outstanding community leaders who have made a tremendous impact by guiding, mentoring and ensuring that the Latino families in their communities secure a better life.

Maria Cabildo, president and co-founder of the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC), has dedicated her career to helping Latinos achieve the American Dream through affordable housing and homeownership in her East LA community where she was born and raised. Since 1995 ELACC has captured and invested over $155 million in affordable housing and community development resources and organized the participation of hundreds of community residents in development decision making, community planning and anti-displacement efforts.

Macedonio Arteaga is the founder of Teatro Izcalli headquartered in San Diego, CA. In 1993, he and a group of friends founded the nonprofit organization designed to promote self-esteem and self-determination through arts and culture. Macedonio is a motivational speaker at schools and conferences sharing his story of the challenges he faced as a young Latino immigrant and how he learned to overcome the obstacles.

Andrea Maher, Moen senior marketing communications specialist, said, “We are delighted to honor Maria and Macedonio who serve as exemplary role models in the Latino community. Their passion and dedication to their communities is a testament to their leadership.”

Moen understands passion and leadership. In 1937, after burning himself at a sink with traditional single taps for hot and cold water, a young, determined Al Moen set about inventing a single-handle faucet designed to mix hot and cold. The invention, finalized in 1939, revolutionized the plumbing industry and set the stage for 75 years of innovation at a company later named after this strong-minded inventor. For more information, please visit: www.moen.com.

About ELACC:
The Mission of ELACC is to advocate for economic and social justice in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles by building grassroots leadership, developing affordable housing and neighborhood assets, and providing access to economic development opportunities for low and moderate income families. For more information, visit: www.elacc.org.

About Teatro Izcalli:

Since 1995 Teatro Izcalli, a San Diego based Chicana/o comedy troupe, has been performing throughout the United States at various local, state, and national conferences and venues from as far as New York City to the Centro Cultural de la Raza. Our focus, following in the tradition of La Carpa, Teatro Campesino, and Culture Clash is to present the traditions, challenges, opportunities, and issues related to Chicana/os. Our actos (sketches) and plays address issues such as racism, identity, higher education, health education, and representation of Latinos in the entertainment industry. For more information, visit: www.izcalli.org/teatro.