alejandro-sanz--aWashington DC was THE place to be on Wednesday night.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards were celebrated in a big way with special awards going out to those who represented and upheld our people the best in the last year.

Alejandro Sanz received the Vision award for using his celebrity to promote charitable works and America Ferrera won the Inspira award for her positive image of Latina women.

Juan Luis Guerra won the arts award for his pioneering pop style of merengue and bolero and Afro-pop/Latin fusion.

Mario Kreutzberger, we all know him as Don Francisco, was presented with the Legend award.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco won the sports award in recognition of his contributions to soccer while Monika Mantilla, a Colombian-born businesswoman who is president and CEO of Altura Capital Group, won the business award for her efforts to ignite the economic firepower of the Latino community.

Jaime Escalante, the innovative Los Angeles educator who died in March, was saluted with the math and science award for his groundbreaking work teaching calculus to inner city Latino kids.


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