In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month and in remembrance of the important contributions Latinos have made throughout the history of this nation, La Movida 1480AM will celebrate Madison’s 6th Annual Hispanic Heritage Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

The event will be hosted by the 24/7 Spanish-language radio station along with the Latino Chamber of Commerce and will feature attorney Mario Mendoza of Murphy Desmond as master of ceremonies. This year’s guest speaker will be Karen Menendez-Coller, executive director of Centro Hispano of Dane County.

Important leaders and representatives of local Latino and non-Latino institutions are expected to attend including special guests, City of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and City of Fitchburg Mayor Steve Arnold, who will give the proclamation of the event. For the first time this year, the Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee Consul Julian Adem Díaz de Leon, will also be in attendance.

The following distinguished individuals and entities will be recognized during the luncheon for their contributions. WLMV-La Movida 1480AM, Mid-West Family Broadcasting and The Latino Chamber of Commerce are proud to highlight their achievements.
◆ Community Institution of the Year: Christine Newman-Ortiz – Director of Voces de la Frontera
◆ Community Leader of the Year: Gloria Reyes – Deputy Mayor to Public Safety, Civil Rights and Community Services.
◆ Hispanic Achievement of the Year: Tania Ibarra, CPA – President, Latino Professionals Association
◆ The Amigo Award: A. David Dahmer – Publisher & Editor in Chief, Madison 365
◆ Hispanic Entrepreneurs of the Year: Teresa Ramos, Jose D. Ramos and Sandra L. Ramos-Magnani, Ramos Tax & Services, Inc.
◆ Making a Difference Award: Fabiola Hamdan, MSSW– Dane County Community Senior Social Worker, Joining Forces for Families
◆ Believe and Succeed Award: Valentina Ahedo – Associate Dean & Campus Manager, South & Downtown (Interim) Campuses Madison Area Technical College

WLMV-La Movida 1480AM is also broadcasting special programming throughout Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States in which local Latino personalities will be featured.

Each year, the United States honors the contributions that Latinos have made to the nation with a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration that runs from September 15 through October 15. This annual celebration was first established by the US Congress on September 17, 1968, with a weeklong event. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded this celebration to a month.

For more information about this event, contact or email Lupita Montoto at (608)441-3768 or at [email protected].