12th Annual Gowns & Guayaberas Dinner Honored Scholarship Recipients at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Lake Buena Vista, Fla., October 22, 2011 – The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando (HHSFMO) held its12th Annual Gowns & Guayaberas dinner at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort to celebrate this year’s HHSFMO scholarship recipients.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts was title sponsor of the dinner, which welcomed 350 community leaders and government officials. The annual event serves as a fundraising vehicle for HHSFMO, allowing continued support to the college dreams of talented Hispanic students in Central Florida.

“The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund has awarded $630,000 in scholarships to some extraordinary students over the past 12 years,” said Tanya Easterling, senior manager of Market Development for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida and HHSF board member. “Their resilient stories of dedication, commitment and passion for education are a source of inspiration for our entire community.”

This year’s program featured keynote speaker Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. who encouraged the students to serve as examples of Hispanic achievement and leadership. The Brigadier General also challenged the students to pursue their career aspirations and to give back to their community by volunteering as mentors.