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A Toast To Success

July/August 2004, HISPANIC BUSINESS Magazine
Hispanic Business Editor and Publisher Jesús Chavarría welcomes attendees to a “celebration of 25 years of service to a market segment we are very proud to serve.”
Hispanic Business Editor and Publisher Jesús Chavarría welcomes attendees to a “celebration of 25 years of service to a market segment we are very proud to serve.”

A balmy summer evening in New York provided the perfect setting for Hispanic Business magazine's 25th Anniversary Gala on June 10. Nearly 600 guests including corporate executives, CEOs, and elected officials from across the country participated. The black-tie celebration took place at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers, with stunning views of the Hudson River.

An elegant cocktail reception along the river opened the evening's festivities, followed by a sumptuous meal prepared by Chef Abigail Kirsch. Culture Clash, the nationally acclaimed comedy troupe, served as the Masters of Ceremony for the evening. Microsoft Corp. took the spotlight as the evening's main sponsor, with General Motors and Liberty Mutual also playing major sponsorship roles. Other key sponsors included McDonald's Corp., Coca-Cola Corp., United Parcel Service, Toyota, Delta Airlines, CNN, American Express, and Hatch & Parent.

Jesús Chavarría, editor and publisher of Hispanic Business, opened the ceremony to name the winner of 2004's Woman of the Year award – Jovita Carranza of UPS – by introducing presenter Daisy Expósito-Ulla of New York-based The Bravo Group. Ms. Expósito-Ulla joined with Mr. Chavarría and the audience in recognizing Ms. Carranza's achievement and also recognized the 2004 Elite Women who were in attendance.

Read the evening keynote address by Jesus Chavarria, CEO and Publisher, Hispanic Business, Inc.

Microsoft's Alejandra Calatayud delivered the keynote address and called the evening "as much a celebration of the magazine as it is a tribute to [Mr. Chavarría's] spirit and efforts to rally the cause of Hispanic entrepreneurship."

Combining inspiration with celebration, Hispanic Business presented a documentary about the groundbreaking magazine and the market it serves, paralleling the decades of growing Hispanic empowerment. In his speech, Mr. Chavarría recounted an entrepreneur's story – his own – about the lean early years of the magazine, the difficult steps of developing its message and identity, and its ultimate rise to national prominence. "How we will perform as national leaders in education, entrepreneurship, politics, the arts and athletics, and as plain citizens, is a story that we relish continuing to report," he said.

Durazo and Lizarraga

On the shores of the Hudson River, David Lizarraga of TELACU (left) shares a drink with Ray Durazo, CEO of Durazo Communications and chair of the Latin Business Association.

Attendees Arrive

Attendees arrive at the cocktail reception sponsored by Grey Goose Vodka and Corazon Tequila.

Martin Castro

Martin Castro, CEO of the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation.

Ruben Cardona makes point

Ruben Cardona (center) of accounting firm Withum Smith & Brown makes a point to Carlos Nazario (left) and Ruben Medina, both of Promesa Inc.

Crowd enters reception

At dusk, the banquet hall doors opened and the crowd entered a colorful salon splashed in exotic light patterns.

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