(ORLANDO, FL) December 10, 2017— The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) and Prospera co-hosted, for the twentieth consecutive year, the annual Don Quijote Awards gala. The event, whose top sponsors are Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and Florida Blue, took place on Dec. 9 at Epcot’s World Showplace Pavilion. The gala has become the premier event for the region’s Hispanic business community, where businesses and individuals are recognized for their vision, courage and impact on Central Florida—qualities exemplified by the classic literary character of Don Quijote.
A selection committee chose the winners among community nominees, based on professional accomplishments, financial success and growth, innovation, contributions to industry and community, demonstrated leadership, and professional honors and recognition. The recipients of the 20th Don Quijote Awards are:
Lifetime Achievement: Yolanda Londoño
Hispanic Business of the Year, Five Years or Less: Hispanic Family Counseling, Inc.
Hispanic Business of the Year, More than Five Years: Advanced IT Concepts, Inc.
Professional of the Year: Dr. Adalberto Torres, Jr., Nemours
Excellence: Adriana Comellas-Macretti
Hispanic Community Champion: Dr. Ron Piccolo, Department Chair of the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Florida
“It has been my privilege to serve as Chair of the 20th Don Quijote Awards,” said Senator Mel Martinez. “Central Florida has been my home, my workplace and my community, and I am proud to be part of an event that recognizes and celebrates talent, service and leadership in our region’s Hispanic business community. I have witnessed the partnership between the Hispanic Chamber and Prospera throughout the years, and the positive impact of their work in Hispanic-owned businesses and our community at large.”
The 2017 gala featured a red carpet as guests entered the cocktail reception, talented performers throughout the event from Disney and the community, a live band and DJ after the program, and a special tribute in honor of the unsung heroes of recent disasters, as well as the reconstruction of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria’s devastation.
The 20th Don Quijote Awards were possible thanks to the support of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Florida Blue, Florida Hospital, Orlando Magic, Universal Orlando Resort, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, CenturyLink, Orlando Health, Fields Auto Group, JPMorgan Chase, UPS, Univision Orlando, 98.1 Salsa y Más, AT&T, Herzing University, Nemours, OUC – The Reliable One, Tupperware Brands, University of Central Florida, and more. For more information on the Don Quijote Awards, please visit donquijoteawards.com.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. For over 20 years, HCCMO has strengthened the Central Florida Business Community by providing quality programs through their business model of networking, business development, exposure and recognition. Learn more at HCCMO.org or call 407-428-5870.
Prospera is an economic development, nonprofit organization that since 1991 has specialized in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs who want to establish or expand their business. In the last five years alone, Prospera has facilitated over $30 million in loans, trained over 23,000 entrepreneurs, provided business consulting to more than 8,200 entrepreneurs, and helped clients create or retain over 13,500 jobs. Its offices are located across Florida’s central, south and west coast regions, and in Charlotte, NC. Learn more at ProsperaUSA.org or call 407-428-5872.