2015 Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards Gala

Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans

Luis Cartagena
Ruben Contreras
Joselito Gracia
Tille Hidalgo Lima
Manuel Santana Sr. 

Nuestra Familia

Ed Cohn
Kel Fligner
Leonard Hubert
Alyssa Wagner

Latino Military Service of Distiction

Anita Menchaca-Bratton
Pedro J. Muñoz

Special Awards

~ Special Recognition ~

Juan Andrade

~ Alma de la Comunidad ~

Anamaria Perales-Lang


In 1980, in fulfillment of the mandate to “secure appropriate recognition of the accomplishments of Hispanic/Latino people to this state,” Ohio Revised Code  121.32 (B), the Commission began presenting Hispanic Service Awards, which later became the Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award. 

Every year, Latino community leaders, friends and family gather from all around to meet in Ohio’s capital city to celebrate the annual Distinguished Hispanic Ohioans Gala, along with legislators, and other representatives of state government, including the Office of the Governor.