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Hispanic Woman and Hispanic Man of the Year Gala

Register and Purchase Ticket

Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. annually selects a Hispanic man and Hispanic woman for their life-time achievements. THHI recognizes the selected individuals at the Hispanic Woman and Hispanic Man of the Year Gala. The Mayor of the City of Tampa presents the Official Proclamation of the Hispanic Heritage Season at this event. THHI honors Hispanics, nominated by the community at large, who have excelled in their endeavors to advance, promote, maintain, and enhance our Hispanic heritage and who, by their outstanding contributions, have improved the quality of life in the Hispanic community. The community is encouraged to nominate individuals who have a strong curriculum vitae and are well-known in their industry or community. The Hispanic Woman and Hispanic Man of the Year Gala is a formal event. Great entertainment and food is included in the ticket price. Attendance usually includes the mayor, county commissioners, and prominent members of the community.

The public is invited to support the event with their attendance. The man and woman selected will be given the opportunity to address the audience and talk about their life experiences. The winners may be recognized for their work by media outlets. The winner’s attendance is complimentary. Please click on Man and Woman of the Year Nomination to submit a nomination. A photo of the individual being nominated is required. Only one nomination is needed for an individual, as additional nominations are disregarded. Judging is not based on the quantity of nominations for an individual, rather on the service and merits of the individual.

For questions about this event please contact Aileen Rodriguez, the Gala Committee Chair, by email: gala@tampahispanic.org.
THHI would like to thank this year’s event sponsors. Without their support and dedication to Tampa’s Hispanic community, this event would not be possible.

  • Minute Man
  • ABC Action News
  • CENTRO Tampa
  • USAmeribank
  • BB&T
  • USAmeribank
  • MDM Graphics Studio
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • La Maxima 92.5
  • Corbett Preparatory of Ids
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Tampa International Airport
  • Orange Grove Middle Magbet School of the Arts
  • Tampa Bay Times
  • OnJ Construction
  • Paper Application (not needed if you apply online): English
  • Address to send paper application: Gala Nominations
    c/o Dr. Luz P. Lono
    1411 Provincetown Cr
    Lutz, FL 33549.
  • The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Hispanic Man and Hispanic Woman of the Year has passed.
    That includes Electronically Submitted or written/Postmarked nominations.
  • Hispanic Woman and Hispanic Man of the Year Gala Date, Location and Cost for tickets: Hilton Tampa Downtown
    211 North Tampa Street
    Tampa, Florida 33602
    Saturday, October 7, 2017, 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
    (deadline to purchase ticket is September 30)
    Cost: $80 per person
    Corporate Table: $900 (table of 8)

    Please make check payable to:
    Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc.
    C/O Dr. Luz Lono
    1411 Provincetown Circle
    Lutz, FL 33549

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  • Past Hispanic Men & Women of the Year

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  • Nomination Criteria

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  • Nomination Form

    Form for nominating an individual for Hispanic Man & Hispanic Woman of the Year. MORE