MIAMI – April 3, 2014 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – Hispanicize 2014 and 3M will honor 20 Positive Impact Award winners during a momentous gala cohosted by award-winning NPR journalist Maria Hinojosa and nationally syndicated Univision radio host Enrique Santos. The Hispanicize Positive Impact Awards honors Latinos from across the country who have been selected for their selfless dedication to improving their communities. The awards gala will take place on April 3, 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel Miami at 7:30 pm.

Celebrities scheduled to present include renowned Mexican-American actor Edward James Olmos, news anchor Myrka Dellanos, Charytin y Felipe host Felipe Viel, radio DJ and journalist Humberto “El Gato” Calderon, and Telemundo actor Diego Schoening. Musical acts will provide a night full of entertainment, with performances from YouTube sensation Jorge Narvaez, Latin Grammy winner Sie7e, Miami’s Afro-Cuban funk sensation Suénalo and an electrifying closing performance from Grammy-nominated artist Sheila E.

“This year’s Positive Impact awardees reflect leadership, selflessness, perseverance and resilience,” said Manny Ruiz, CEO and organizer of Hispanicize 2014. “They are true heroes whose stories can inspire us to do more to drive change and overcome some of our community’s most critical challenges.”

Red carpet begins at 6:00 pm on the second floor of the Intercontinental Hotel Miami with gala beginning at 7:30 pm. Media who wish to cover the red carpet and the gala should RSVP at [email protected]

Over the last month, audiences have been voting online to help make the final selection for Positive Impact Person of the Year. The winner will be announced during the gala on April 3. The 20 honorees that will be honored this year include:

Henry Acosta – New Jersey

Maysa Duarte Akbar – Connecticut

Evelyn Alvarez – New York

Mycah Lee Arellano – Texas

Macedonio Arteaga – California

Saul Arvelo – New York

Mike de la Rocha – California

Virginia “Viky” Garcia – Texas

Father David Garcia – Texas

Dr. Anthony Gonzalez – Florida

Dr. Angelica Gutierrez – California

Jesus “Chuy” Medrano – Colorado

Oscar Menjivar – California

Gaby Pacheco – Florida

Martha Pedroso – Florida

Cristina Ramirez – Florida

Annette Ramos – New York

Rodri Rodriguez – California

Juan “Papo Swiggity” Santiago – New York

Isela Sotelo – California

About Hispanicize 2014
Now in its fifth year, Hispanicize 2014 ( (#Hispz14) is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, journalism, advertising, PR, technology, film and music. Co-chaired by award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa of NPR’s Latino USA and Patricia Pineda, Group Vice President of the Hispanic Business Strategy Group of Toyota Motor North America, Hispanicize 2014 is expected to gather more than 1,700 of the nation’s most influential Latino professionals from the industries of blogging, journalism, technology, music, marketing, film and business over four full days. Featuring U.S. Hispanic thought leaders and celebrities, the 5th anniversary edition of Hispanicize will be taking place at the InterContinental Miami hotel with several offsite events at major cultural venues.

The event 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 2014, a partnership of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), Hispanicize and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), will be held at the InterContinental Miami hotel, April 1-4, 2014 in downtown Miami.