Cary, NC – While Diamante Inc. develops and promotes the Latino and Hispanic community across North Carolina, they are headquartered in Cary and held their yearly awards ceremony at the Cary Arts Center.
The 2016 Latino Diamante Awards were held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Cary Arts Center. The awards honor members of the Latino and Hispanic community for positive deeds that follow a variety of categories. This year’s winners were:
- Art & Culture – Banu Valladares, of Charlotte, NC
- Business – Alexis Padilla (La Mega 1310), of Durham, NC
- Community Involvement – N.C. Sli (UNC-CH), of Chapel Hill, NC
- Education – Mirtha Edwards, of Raleigh, NC
- Health & Science – Petra Hager, of Raleigh, NC
- Latino Advocate – Familias Unidas Charlotte NC, of Charlotte, NC
- Youth Accomplishment – Leonardo-Javier Aguilar, of Durham, NC and Marcella Pansini, of Mooresville, NC
- Lizette Cruz Watko Award – Eligio Peña of Durham, NC
The Youth Accomplishment Award also comes with a monetary scholarship.
In between award presentations, there were performances of arts and music. The event was hosted by WRAL’s Mikaya Thurmond.
Story by staff reports. Photos courtesy of Diamante Inc.