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2/20/2017 MEDIA ADVISORY: Rep. Diaz to host celebration of 173 years of Dominican Republic independence, heritage
STATE HOUSE — In conjunction with the Dominican Independence and Heritage Award Committee, Rep. Grace Diaz (D – Dist. 11, Providence) and former Senator Juan Pichardo will host the Dominican Republic Independence Anniversary and Heritage Celebration Thursday, Feb. 23, at 5 p.m. at the State House. The celebration, which will commemorate the anniversary of the Dominican Republic’s independence, will be held in the governor’s State Room. 

The Dominican Republic declared its independence from Haiti on Feb. 27, 1844.

This year’s ceremony will recognize outstanding individuals who represent the best of the Dominican-American community’s efforts to make Rhode Island a better place, including iris Yinette Corporan for outstanding contribution to Dominican art, Marisol Camilo for outstanding Dominican business leadership, Maria Isabel Brito for outstanding Dominican professionals in journalism, Aida Patricia Crosson for outstanding Dominican community leadership service, Reyna Zapata for outstanding Dominican leadership in education, Amara C. Aleman for outstanding Dominican youth talent, Apolinar de la Cruz for outstanding contribution to Dominican sport in Rhode Island, Silka Disla Fabian for outstanding Dominican public servant in Rhode Island, and Director of Kids Count Elizabeth Burke Bryant for outstanding contribution to the Dominican community in Rhode Island.

This year’s keynote speaker will be New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Coperland. She was elected to the New York City Council in 2009, as the representative for District 21. She is the first woman, first person of color and the youngest to chair the Council’s influential Committee on Finance, which oversees the City’s $82 billion budget process as well as the Department of Finance, Comptroller’s Office, Banking Commission, Tax Commission, Department of Design and Construction, and the Independent Budget Office. The daughter of Dominican immigrants, Ferreras-Copeland is a leading voice on matters of immigrant and women’s rights, responsible economic development and transparency in government.

Representative Diaz and former Senator Pichardo are the founders of the Dominican Independence Award Committee and annual celebration, which has shed light on the many contributions of Dominican-Americans in Rhode Island for the last 13 years. 

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903