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New York Yankees Legend Comes Up to Bat at Rumba 2016! : The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute’s Annual Fundraiser/Gala  

Bernie Williams GuitarThe Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute invites you to its annual fundraiser/gala, Rumba 2016!, to be held at the New York Athletic Club on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. This year, distinguished honorees include New York Yankees Legend Bernabé "Bernie" Williams; Lillian Rodriguez Lopez, vice president of sustainability and customer PAC support at The Coca-Cola Company; and Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation.

Rumba 2016! honors prominent Latino leaders who make a positive impact on our society. Mr. Williams is honored with the Magno Award for his achievements on and off the baseball field, including his musical and humanitarian pursuits. Latina trailblazer Ms. Rodriguez Lopez receives the Excelencia Award for her enduring tenure with the Hispanic Federation and her advocate work on behalf of Latino communities. Mr. Eduardo Martinez is being honored with the Compromiso Award for his global philanthropic efforts at The UPS Foundation. The Joseph A. Unanue Latino Institute's executive director, Denisse Oller, congratulates this year's honorees for being Latino role models and for their continuous service to the Hispanic community. Oller says, "We are delighted to recognize these three visionaries as we celebrate one more year of accomplishments at the Joseph A. Unanue Institute."

Raised in Puerto Rico, Mr. Bernabe "Bernie" Williams discovered his passion for music and baseball at an early age. During his 16-year career patrolling center field for the New York Yankees, Mr. Williams is a four-time World Series champion and a five-time all star. Throughout the years he spent with the Yankees, his passion for music never waned, and the sound of a guitar would often be heard emanating from the clubhouse or during team flights. After retiring, the Yankees honored Mr. Williams with a plaque at Monument Park located in Yankee Stadium, and he became one of 20 New York Yankees to have his number retired. The star center fielder earned his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music in May of 2016.

Ms. Lillian Rodriguez Lopez's trajectory 20-year career serving her community makes her an astounding individual to honor. Ms. Rodriguez Lopez previously served as president of the Hispanic Federation, a non-profit membership organization of 100 Latino health and human service agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Her tenure at the organization spanned 16 years, with seven years served as president. She also worked with various diversity councils at major corporations having served on the Nielsen, News Corporation, and Comcast councils. Currently she serves as Vice President, Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations at The Coca-Cola Company. Ms. Rodriguez Lopez has devoted her career to operate as a leader, role model and educator to the Latino community. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism from Fordham University.

Mr. Eduardo Martinez's vision, hard work and perseverance led him to become one of the top Latino corporate presidents in the country. Mr. Martinez joined The UPS Foundation in 1976 as a package handler in UPS's South Florida operation, where he subsequently entered the management ranks within the department. His continuous determination and enthusiasm eventually led him to his current position today as president. Mr. Martinez previously served as former chairperson and currently serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Humanitarian Response and on the UN Global Logistics Cluster's Logistics Emergency Team Steering Council. He also serves as principal representing UPS on the Corporate Board of Advisors for The National Council of La Raza organization, as well as an executive advisor. Mr. Martinez continues to serve as the chair of the Corporate Development Council for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Mr. Martinez is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Volunteer Effort and is chairperson of its Global Corporate Volunteer Council. Mr. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of Miami, Florida, and a Juris Doctor degree from the Nova Southeastern University Law School.

Rumba 2016! is an evening celebrating the Hispanic community while showcasing inspiring Latino leaders. Previous honorees include Mr. Roberto Llamas, former executive vice president and corporate officer at Univision Communication; Mr. Carlos A. Rodriguez, president and CEO at Automated Data Processing, Inc.; and Ms. Maria Elena Salinas, co-anchor of Noticiero Univision. We are delighted to have as masters of ceremonies WABC-NY co-anchor Mr. David Novarro and Univision-NY news anchor Ms. Adriana Vargas. This year's sponsors include Sam's Club, Coca-Cola, Goya, The UPS Foundation, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Enterprise and Northeast Remsco Construction, Inc.

The Institute wholeheartedly thanks its sponsors and friends, who continuously show support and make this annual event possible!

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For more information, please contact:

  • Denisse Oller
  • (973) 761-9422
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