Recipients Announced for Miami Beach 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Awards

(Miami Beach, FL) Sep 20, 2021 -

The Miami Beach Hispanic Affairs Committee has announced the recipients of the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Awards. The committee will honor these individuals at an awards ceremony on Oct. 7

“The awardees represent the high caliber of diverse Hispanic individuals this great city is fortunate to have,” explained Hispanic Affairs Committee Chairperson Gabriel J. Paez.

The awards will be presented at the Española Way Rotunda on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. The following individuals and businesses were chosen to be honored in various categories:

Adult Contributing to Success of Youth

  • Koren E. Illa


  • Oh Mexico Restaurant
  • Moises Bakery

Business Advocate

  • Ceci Velasco

Culinary Artist

  • Chef Jesus Paredes (El Chalan Restaurant)


  • Judith M. Sanchez-Lamothe
  • Julio Echemendia
  • Honorable mention: Dr. Raul J. Moncarz

Hispanic Community Member (Public Service)

  • City Manager Alina T. Hudak

In Memoriam Recognition

  • Sgt. Eduardo “Eddie” Perez of the Miami Beach Police Department

Public Safety Personnel (MBPD)

  • Crime Scene Supervisor Juan “JC” Pedroso

Public Safety Personnel (MBFD)

  • Deputy Fire Chief Digna Abello

Social Service Provider

  • Valerie Navarrete

The Hispanic Affairs Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the City Commission and the administration with respect to matters pertaining to the Hispanic community of the City of Miami Beach.