|Boston Latino TV's 5th Annual Access Awards|
Boston Latino TV celebrated its 5th Annual Access Awards on June 28 at Boston's Royale Nightclub, honoring individuals who have exemplified excellence as part of Boston's diverse Latino community. Among the distinguished guests was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who proclaimed May 28th "Latino Media Day" at the 2009 Access Awards.
"I'm delighted to be here again this year to celebrate with all of you," Governor Patrick said to the crowd, "I've come to this event a couple of times and there is always a lot of energy, excitement and a lot of friends at this event. I'm glad to be back."
International Salsa singing sensation Frankie Negron headlined the night's entertainment, which also included performances by The Rev Girls, Samba Viva and Bachata duo Monchy and Nathalia.
The 2012 Access Awards were presented to a prestigious list of recipients who have distinguished themselves with honor within the Latino community:
- Governor Patrick bestowed a Governor's Citation to honor the 40th anniversary of El Mundo Newspaper to Alberto Vasallo Jr. that read, " Lifetime Acheivement Award in recognition of many years of service to the Commonwealth's Latino Community"
- The Influential Leader Award was given to Jaime Rodriguez, President of the Puerto Rican Monument Square Association
- The Make A Difference Award was given to Madeleine Steczynski, Co-Founder and Executive Director of ZUMIX
- The Community Networking Award was given to Colette Phillips of Get Konnected
- The Media Award was given to Sara Suarez, News Director at Univision Nueva Inglaterra
- The Visionary Award was given to ¿Oíste?
- The Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was given to Eric E. Liriano, Principal and Founder of Liriano Wealth Advisory Group, LLC
- The Artistic Expression Award was given to Grammy nominated Bachata duo Monchy and Nathalia