The annual banquet honors those who have made significant contributions to Wisconsin’s Hispanic communities.
The awards are for Hispanic Man of the Year, Hispanic Woman of the Year, Hispanic Youth of the Year, and Hispanic Family of the Year.
This year the Hispanic Woman of the Year is Dora E. Zuñiga, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County. She is being honored for her tireless efforts working with Latino children and families in the City of Madison.
Hispanic Man of the Year: Jose Ruano, retired official from Miller & Miller Coors. Ruano is being honored for his many years pushing for diversity at the company and supporting community programs around the state.
Hispanic Family of the Year: Pedro Martinez and his wife Joan and their three children of Hispanic Ministry for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Pedro and Joan organized Christmas dinners for prisoners and families at Fox Lake Correctional Institution and volunteered many years to support Cinco de Mayo and other community events.
Hispanic Youth of the Year: Caroline Maria Dannecker. Dannecker graduated with honors from Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School. She has been active at the school where she was captain of her swim team and volunteered for community events like street cleanup efforts.
They will all be honored at the 34th Annual Hispanic Awards Banquet, Saturday, October 11 at a dinner and reception at the Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago.
Tickets for the awards dinner are $75 per person. For more information call(414) 389-6002 or go to www.umos.org.