The National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) held its annual Education Leadership Awards ceremony, honoring six distinguished leaders in education, and 30 high school and college students whom are recipients of the organization’s 2015 Scholarship Awards.

The event was held at Time Warner Center.  State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. and NPRDP’s Board of Directors were in attendance.

The honorees for the night were:

*  Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez, CUNY Queens College, President

*  Ms. Michell Tollinchi-Michel, Dean for Academic Enrichment & Community Initiatives, BarnardCollege

*  Dr. Betty Rosa, Regent, Twelfth Judicial District (Bronx County) Regents Office

*  Dr. Milga Moralez, Vice President of Student Affairs, CUNY Brooklyn College

*  Ms. Lisette Nieves, Lingo Ventures LLC, Partner

*  Ms. Lilliana Hernandez, Former Chief of Bilingual Education at DOE, Bank Street, Teachers College Bilingual Education Institute

For the full list of 2015 Scholarship winners, click here.

Some of the honoree

Some of the honorees standing around Lorraine Cortés-Vásquez, presideta del DNPR. Photos Vincent Villafañe.

NPRDP’s Scholarship Awards Program was created to promote the pursuit of higher education within local communities.  In 2015, the organization has doubled the total dollar figure and number of scholarships awarded from the previous year to 30 scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each.

In celebration of the 2015 class of scholarship winners, Boxing Champion Miguel Cotto, Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions will be contributing $5,000 to NPRDP’s Scholarship Program.  Cotto, who is scheduled for a boxing match vs. Daniel Geale on Saturday June 6th, at Barclay’s Center, was designated the Parade’s 2015 Athlete of the Year, and will march on June 14th, on Fifth Avenue.  Last night he sent an inspirational message via video to NPRDP’s 2015 Scholarship recipients.

All photos by Vincent Villafañe.

 
PARADE AND RELATED SPECIAL EVENTS 
 
MAY/JUNE 2015 
 
 
DATE:
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
6:00PM – 10:00PM
EVENT:
Educational Leadership Awards
 
DESCRIPTION:
NPRDP will honor six distinguished  leaders in education, and 30 high school and college students whom are recipients of the organization 2015’s Scholarship Awards. Leaders to be honored include:

  • Dr. Felix Matos Rodriguez, CUNY Queens College, President – Education Ambassador
  • Ms. Michell Tollinchi-Michel, Dean for Academic Enrichment & Community Initiatives, Barnard College – Education Leadership
  • Dr. Betty Rosa, Regent, Twelfth Judicial District (Bronx County) Regents Office – Education Leadership
  • Dr. Milga Moralez, Vice President of Student Affairs, CUNY Brooklyn College – Special Recognition
  • Ms. Lisette Nieves, Lingo Ventures LLC, Partner _ Special Recognition
  • Ms. Lilliana Hernandez, Former Chief of Bilingual Education at DOE, Bank Street, Teachers College Bilingual Education Institute -Special Recognition
VENUE:
Time Warner Inc.
One Time Warner Center
10th Fllor Conference Center – Screening Room
New York, NY 10019
(Entrance on 58th between 8th & 9th Avenue)
ADMISSION:
By invitation only.
 
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DATE:
Saturday, May 30, 2015
12:00PM – 6:00PM
 
EVENT:
152nd Street Cultural Festival
 
DESCRIPTION:
Celebrate Puerto Rican Culture with this exciting outdoor, all-day festival featuring live music entertainment, ethnic food, arts & crafts, family-fun activities, and a boxing exhibition by Olympic athlete Felix Verdejo.  This year, Salsa Star Frankie Negrón leads a line-up of Salsa, Jazz, and Bomba & Plena performances.  Guest stars include:
  • Alma Moyo – Bomba & Plena
  • Papo Vazquez and the Mighty Pirate Troubadours – Jazz
  • Hector Montalvo Y Su Salsa Mayor – Salsa
  • Viva Mas – Pop
  • Candela – The Voice of Latin America (Que Bonita Bandera)
VENUE:
East 152nd Street
Between Jackson and Tinton Avenues
Bronx, NY 10455
 
ADMISSION:
FREE. Open to the public.
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DATE:
Saturday, June 6, 2015
 3:00PM – 5:00PM
EVENT:
Rising Stars Challenge
DESCRIPTION:
Winners from the 2015 NPRDP Scholarship Competition compete in the final challenge, where one young lady and one young man will be crowned Prince and Princess of the 2015 National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Categories include interviewing skills and dressing for success.
VENUE:
Macy’s, Mall at Bay Plaza
200 Baychester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10475
ADMISSION:
FREE. Open to the public.
 
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DATE:
Sunday, June 7, 2015
4:00PM
EVENT:
Annual Mass
 
DESCRIPTION:
The traditional Catholic Mass that marks the start of «National Puerto Rican Day Parade Week in New York».  This year NPRDP celebrates a «Misa Jíbara», with music provided by the Tuna Mayagüezana.
 
 
VENUE:
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Fifth Avenue (Between 50th and 51st Streets)
New York, NY 100222
ADMISSION:
Open the the Public. RELIGIOUS CEREMONY. 
 _______________________________________
 
DATE:
Friday, June 12, 2015
6:00PM
 
EVENT:
Annual Gala Fundraiser 
 
DESCRIPTION:

Join the 2015 National Puerto Rican Day Parade honorees for a glamorous night of luminaries, entertainment, and speeches celebrating distinguished Puerto Ricans in Corporate America, as well as cultural pride and empowerment.  Proceeds will benefit NPRDP’s Scholarship Program.  Special performance by Ivy Queen and Andrés Jiménez.

 

VENUE:

New York Marriott Marquis Hotel

1535 Broadway, Main Ballroom, 6th Floor
(Between 45th and 46th Streets)
New York, NY 10036
ADMISSION:
$500 (going towards the NPRDP Scholarship Fund).  Reservation and Black Attire required. Visit www.nprdpinc.org
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DATE:
 Sunday, June 14, 2015
11:00AM
EVENT:
2015 National Puerto Rican Day Parade
DESCRIPTION:
58th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York.  One of the largest parades in the nation, with over 2 million spectators.  Featuring:
  • Rita Moreno (Grand Marshall)
  • Victor Manuelle (Parade King)
  • Roselyn Sánchez (Parade Queen)
  • Andrés Jiménez (Godfather)
  • Ivy Queen (Godmother)
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda (Orgullo Puertorriqueño)
  • Ivonne Coll (Lifetime Achievement in TV & Film)
  • Martina Arroyo (Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts)
  • Dr. Marta Moreno Vega (Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Culture)
  • Tito El Bambino (Ambassador) 
  • Darlene Rodriguez (Ambassador)
  • Luis Jiménez (Ambassador)
  • Katiria Soto (Ambassador)
  • Yan Ruiz (Ambassador)
2015 Parade Themes:  «Un Pueblo Muchas Voces/One Nation, Many Voices», and «Celebrating Afro-Boricua Heritage».
2015 Special Awareness Campaign: Environmental and Social Justice Crisis at Caño Martín Peña Canal in San Juan.
VENUE:
 Fifth Avenue
(From 44th Street to 79th Street)
New York, NY 10075
ADMISSION:
 FREE.
 
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Note:  For more information please visit www.nprdpinc.org. Follow NPRDP on Twitter: @PRparadeNYC, Instagram: NPRDP, #PRparade, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalPuertoRicanParade

THE BOARD OF THE NPRDP:

Lorraine Cortés Vázquez
Chairperson

Ululy Rafael Martinez
Vice-Chairperson

Carmen Pacheco
Secretary

Rosa J. Guitiérrez
Treasurer

Maria Elena Girone

Sandra A. Garcia-Betancourt

Anthony Diaz

Edwin López

Louis Maldonado

María Cristina Marrero

Orlando Plaza

Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyes

Rossana Rosado

Myra Santiago

Vincent Torres