October 10, 2017

RHBA Member Knits for Newborns

RHBA member, Grace Tillinghast, has been knitting hats for newborns at Strong Memorial Hospital for several years. Her participation in this project started when she became a grandmother. “Since my oldest grandchild was born at Strong, I have been knitting the little hats they wear at the neo-natal unit. I deliver them to the hospital every time I have one hundred ready, which is every four-five months.  Through the years, I have provided hundreds of hats to new babies in the Rochester area.”

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Hear about La Cumbre on Connections with Evan Dawson

RHBA members Annette Ramos and Jacklyn Ortiz appeared on the WXXI radio show “Connections with Evan Dawson” on Dec. 15. La Cumbre is an organization working to help Latinos become more engaged in civics, have a greater voice in local policy, and gain more educational opportunities for children of color.

The show previews La Cumbre’s Latino Holiday Celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 21 at MuCCC Theater, 142 Atlantic Ave.  The Connections show features a little music, a little spoken word, and plenty of discussion about how to achieve more inclusion in western New York. Guests were Orlando Ortiz and Annette Ramos, co-facilitators of La Cumbre’s Arts and Cultural Committee and Jacklyn Ortiz, member of Rochester City Council. You can listen to a podcast of the show here.

3 RHBA members honored by Latinas Unidas

Congratulations to Hilda Rosario Escher, Tabita Torres and Jere Fletcher for their awards at the Latinas Unidas 23rd Annual Reconocimiento Awards and Scholarships Luncheon on Nov. 1. [Read more…]

Latinas Unidas Business Expo includes RHBA members

by Jane Sutter

Three members of the RHBA participated in the recent 2nd Latinas Unidas Business Expo held on Sept. 22 in the atrium at the Rochester City Hall. [Read more…]

Ibero’s Annual Gala & Hispanic Scholarship Recognition Awards

On June 4th 2016, during Ibero American Action League, Inc. 21st Annual Gala & Hispanic Scholarship Recognition Awards, over 60 students of Hispanic descent received scholarships from the Hispanic Scholarship Endowment Fund and from local organizations and private donors as well. The Rochester Hispanic Business Association handed out 2 scholarships to two college-bound students.

RHBA Board members attending the event: Vilma Burgos-RHBA President, Lisa Martinez DeVinney, Sergio Esteban, Grace Tillinghast-Chair of the Scholarship Selection Committee, and Kelly T Mullaney-member of the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Congratulations to all the awardees and best wishes on their new endeavors!

Photos: Kelly T. Mullaney


RHBA member joins the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester Board

RHBA member joins the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester Board

Ms. Annette Ramos is presently Assistant Director of Education and Community Engagement of the Rochester Broadway Theater League and Executive Director of the Latino Theatre Company. [Read more…]

Arpa Llanera Demo and Recital

Latin American Harp Music Recital

Dr. Jorge Diaz Herrera will delight us with his Arpa Llanera Venezolana (Venezuelan Harp) on Sunday, November 1st at 2:00 p.m. at the historical  Chapel Hill at Prince Street.

Plan to enjoy the rich melodies of Latin American music performed on a unique variation of one of the world’s oldest instruments at a special recital to benefit the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. It’s a story over 500 years in the making since the Spaniards brought the first harp to the New World and the indigenous peoples of South America reinvented it using tropical woods and developing different playing techniques as you’ll discover from harpist/maestro, Dr. Jorge L. Diaz-Herrera.

Dr. Diaz-Herrera started playing the arpa (harp) as a young teenager in his native Venezuela and has performed at a variety of venues including, most recently, a recital at the Eastman School of Music’s Summer Music Camp.  When he’s not playing the South American harp, Dr. Diaz-Herrera is the 19th president of Keuka College having come to Keuka from Rochester Institute of Technology where he was dean of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, and professor.

Seats are limited, so don’t delay and miss this special program when one of our community’s foremost leaders shares his musical heritage.

Sunday, November 1st. 2:00 pm
Historic Chapel Hill
8 Prince Street, Rochester, NY 14607
(Same street of School of the Arts, towards East Avenue)
Tickets: $20 for Council members,  $25 general public. Patron tickets are $50.

You can purchase tickets online at the Council’s website: http://artsrochester.org/YouCan/join.htm

If purchasing tickets with a check, please mail to:
Arts and Cultural Council, 31 Prince Street, Rochester, NY 14607,
Write “Harp recital’ on the Memo line. Before Wednesday, October 28th.

The event is sponsored by Flower City Management, the Hispanic Business Association and the family of RHBA board member Grace Tillinghast.

Harp concert sponsors

RHBA College Scholarships

college imagesContinuing with a decade long tradition of investing in the education of our future leaders, RHBA awarded two scholarships to Hispanic students college bound.
The 2015 recipients are Aurora Ramos from Mercy High School and Lorenzo Aguilar from Webster Schroeder.  This year it is a coincidence that both scholars have started their collegiate life at Monroe Community College!

New RHBA Member: Rosemarie Gutierrez

RHBA welcomes new member Rosemarie Gutierrez, a  Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Nothnagle Realtors.

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New RHBA Member: Julio Vazquez

RHBA welcomes new member Julio Vazquez, chair of the board at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School.

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RHBA and Student Internships at MCC


 RHBA is partnering with Career Technical Education at Monroe Community College to offer student internships in a number of disciplines. RHBA members are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity if they are in need of interns at their business.

For more information, please click on the attachment.

CTE Internships Bookmark edited

Dr. Otero Named RIT Minnett Professor

Emeterio OteroRHBA member Dr. Emeterio ‘Pete’ Otero was named the 2013 Minnett professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology.


Dr. Otero, the dean of Monroe Community College’s Damon City Campus, was the 2011 RHBA Business Person of the Year.


The Minnett Professorship was established to bring distinguished Rochester area multicultural professionals to RIT campus to share their professional knowledge and experience with RIT’s students, faculty and staff.


Congratulations, Dr. Emeterio ‘Pete’ Otero!


Kelly Tovar Mullaney Wins Award

Kelly MullaneyKelly Tovar Mullany, an RHBA member and President of Working Art Media, received the 2013 Volunteer of the Year Award presented by the Ibero American Action League.

Kelly led her expertise to the design of the agency’s new website.  Kelly was a member of the RHBA Board of Directors until September.

Congratulations, Kelly!

Annette Jimenez Talks to School Children

Annette Jimenez talks at Discovery Charter School

RHBA member Annette Jimenez, a reporter from El Mensajero, recently visited Discovery Charter School in Irondequoit to talk the the students about being a journalist.

Annette shared with the third grade students that she was inspired by one of her elementary school teachers to become a journalist. As a child, she loved writing and found encouragement to continue improving her skills. When she was older, she ‘knew’ that she would become a professional writer.

Annette also discussed with the students the finer points of good writing and helped them develop some of their stories.

Vilma and Alfred Burgos’ Community Work with the 5K Race and Fitness Walk During the Puerto Rican Festival

The 5K Race and Fitness Walk takes place on Saturday morning during the weekend of the Puerto Rican Festival celebration. It honors the memory of SSGT Javier Ortiz.

Javier Ortiz participated in the first Puerto Rican Festival 5K Race in August of 2010. One month later he was deployed to Afghanistan and in November 2010, Javier was killed in action while leading his platoon of soldiers as a US Marine Staff Sergeant in Afghanistan.

Javier was brought home to Rochester where he was well received by the community. He was eventually laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. It was his wish to be buried here. Javier was 26 years old.

Javier actually represents all of the fallen soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our Freedom. Javier also brings to light the contribution of Latino Soldiers who have defended America in all of its worldwide conflicts for many years. [Read more…]