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An excited Roberto Alomar is honoured at the stunning Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala

An excited Roberto Alomar is honoured at the stunning Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala

Posted by Juan Gavasa on October 17, 2014

A very excited Roberto Alomar, memorable baseball player of Puerto Rican descent, received the Visionary Award on behalf of the Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (THCC) Thursday night. The award represents recognition for his excelling trajectory on sports and his charitable work with children in need in Puerto Rico.  It set the stage for a moment filled with emotions during the brilliant gala celebrated at CBC’s Glenn Studio in Toronto, which more 200 people attended.

When receiving the award, Alomar, who formed part of the Toronto Blue Jays between 1991 and 1995 and is considered fundamental in both of the world championships that the Blue Jays obtained on 1992 and 1993, expressed his gratitude to the THCC for the prize. Right before the award was given, a vibrant video reminiscing his greatest moments with the Blue Jays was played.

“I have received a lot of awards throughout my professional life. But this is the greatest prize I have ever received because my Latino people have awarded it to me. I am proud of being Latino”, said 46 year-old Alomar. The sports star was visibly excited during his speech and received a loud round of applause from the public, who even cheered some of the plays showed in his past professional career video.

Alomar, who was born in 1968 in the Puerto Rican city of Ponce and today is the special advisor for the Blue Jays, pointed out that his six-month old daughter was born in Toronto and is a Canadian citizen.

Manuel Rodriguez, businessman of Salvadorian descent and President of the THCC, highlighted the role that Alomar plays in favor of the children of Puerto Rico, specially through the Roberto Alomar Foundation and the children summer camps organized in the cities of San Juan, Bayamon, and Salinas.

Mr. Rodríguez also emphasized the weight and importance that the Hispanic community of Toronto has gained the past 2 years. As an example, he used the Official Award received by the THCC from the Toronto 2015 Pan-American Games Committee.

During the gala, hosted by TV host Iván Wanis Ruíz, other awards recognizing the work of Hispanic entrepreneurs and businessmen from Toronto were given. An independent committee composed of members from Ryerson University was in charge of electing the winners between an ample list of nominees. The previous anxiety was resolved with the official announcement of the awardees.

In the Emerging Entrepreneur category, the THCC awarded Colombian cook Steven González; owner of Valdez Latino Street Food restaurant, while the Businessman Award was given to Mexican descent Salvador Alanis, owner of Bakery Communications.

The Small Business Award was awarded to Salvadorian descent Fidel Peña, owner of Underline Studio, while Cesar Palacio, of Ecuadorian descent and counselor to the city of Toronto, received the Professional Achievement Award. The Arts and Culture Award was given to the Cuban musician Hilario Durán. 

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