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24th Don Quijote Awards Finalists Announced at Dr. Phillips Center

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) — Source: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando // Excitement builds for the 24th Annual Don Quijote Awards as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) and Prospera revealed the finalists of the four categories, along with this year’s Lifetime Achievement and Hispanic Community Champion award recipients during a press conference that was held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The press conference was sponsored by Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and Wells Fargo.  

 

The Don Quijote Awards recognize businesses and individuals committed to excellence and to the development of Central Florida’s Hispanic community. The winner of each category will be announced at the 24th Don Quijote Awards Celebration on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at the Epcot’s World Showplace Pavilion. This black-tie award celebration will be from 6:00pm to midnight with Telemundo 31 news anchors Olga Aymat and Carlos Rausseo as this year’s masters of ceremony.

 

The 2021 Don Quijote Awards finalists are

Hispanic Business of the Year, Five Years or Less: 

This year's Don Quijote Awards Business of the Year-Five Years or Less finalists were announced at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

This year’s Don Quijote Awards Business of the Year-Five Years or Less finalists were announced at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

  • Capella Immigration Law, PLLCRepresented by Attorney Camila Pachón Roldán 
  • Prime Services LLCRepresented by the owner Milna Maldonado 
  • Vinali StaffingRepresented by its owners Ruth and Israel Vélez 

 

Hispanic Business of the Year, More than Five Years:

This year's Don Quijote Awards Business of the Year-Five Years or More finalists were announced at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

This year’s Don Quijote Awards Business of the Year-Five Years or More finalists were announced at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

  • Castillo Engineering Services, LLC, Represented by owners Richard and Christopher Castillo 
  • JIRACOR, Represented by owners Jeannette and Richard Coronado 
  • Total Nutrition TechnologyRepresented by company founder Lourdes McAgy  

 

Professional of the Year:

This year's Don Quijote Awards Professional of the Year finalists were announced at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

This year’s Don Quijote Awards Professional of the Year finalists were announced at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

  • Diana Almodovar, Deputy Director and County Engineer at Orange County Public Works Department 
  • Dr. Cyndia Morales MuñizDirector of Hispanic Serving Institution Culture and Partnerships at the University of Central Florida 
  • Karla MuñizExecutive Director of Strategic Workforce Integration at AdventHealth 

 

Excellence Award: 

This year's Don Quijote Awards Excellence Award finalists were announced at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

This year’s Don Quijote Awards Excellence Award finalists were announced at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

  • Dr. Luis Martínez-Fernández, Professor of History at the University of Central Florida 
  • Orlando Rolón, Chief of Orlando Police Department 
  • Carlos Torres, Uniform Patrol Division Commander at Orange County Sheriff’s Office 

The Hispanic Community Champion and Lifetime Achievement awards recipients are uniquely chosen by the Don Quijote Awards Selection Committee.

 

Hispanic Community Champion Award 

OUC CEO and General Manager Clint Bullock was announced as the 2021 Don Quijote Awards Hispanic Community Champion at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

OUC CEO and General Manager Clint Bullock was announced as the 2021 Don Quijote Awards Hispanic Community Champion at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

 

This award is given to a non-Hispanic individual who has led by example in supporting the progress of the Hispanic community in Central Florida. The recipient of this award is chosen by the Don Quijote Awards Selection Committee focusing on contributions to the Hispanic community; evidence of promoting Hispanic professionals, executives, and board members within the nominee’s respective organization and in the general community; demonstrated leadership or community involvement to benefit the Hispanic community; and honors or awards.

The winner of the 2021 Don Quijote Hispanic Community Champion Award is Clint BullockGeneral Manager and CEO at Orlando Utilities Commission – OUC The Reliable One. Bullock serves as the CEO and General Manager of OUC, Florida’s second-largest municipal utility. They provide electric and water services to approximately 400 thousand accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud, and unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Mr. Bullock began his career with OUC as a summer student and excelled in progressive roles during the past 30 years. His leadership has been integral in upholding OUC’s reputation as The Reliable One.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award 

Univision's Paul Gamache was announced as the 2021 Don Quijote Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

Univision’s Paul Gamache was announced as the 2021 Don Quijote Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando. Photo: Harry Castiblanco/Florida National News.

This award recognizes an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to the development and empowerment of the Hispanic community in Central Florida. This year the honor goes to Emmy Award Winner, Senior News Director and Producer at Univision Orlando Paul GamacheA pioneer in the local Spanish-language news market, Paul Gamache is one of the most trusted sources of information in Central Florida and a regional Hispanic icon for nearly three decades. 

Paul Gamache is a truly high caliber news professional and mentor for many young Latino journalists and interns that have had the privilege of working in the same newsroom with him. There is no doubt that when you speak of excellence and credibility in Spanish language news in the Central Florida market, there is one name that stands out: Paul Gamache – Senior News Anchor for Noticias Univision Orlando.

 

The Don Quijote Awards are made possible thanks to the support of Walt Disney World Resort, Wells Fargo, AdventHealth, Bank of America, Universal Orlando Resort, Florida Blue, Orlando Health, PNC Bank, VyStar Credit Union, Duke Energy, Fairwinds, Heart of Florida United Way, JP Morgan Chase, Kidsville Pediatrics, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Orlando Magic, T&G Constructors, Travel & Leisure, Valencia College, Addition Financial, The Trentham Santiago Group, University of Central Florida, Visit Orlando, Orlando International Airport, iHeart Media, Univision Orlando, Telemundo 31, La Prensa Newspaper, Florida National News among many more. For more information on the Don Quijote Awards, please visit www.donquijoteawards.com. 

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