On Thursday, February 26, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., hosted his annual Dominican Heritage Celebration at Salsa Con Fuego, honoring Queens City Council Member Julissa Ferreras, Nestor Montilla Sr., Director of Corporate & Community Development at Lehman College, and Rosa Garcia, Entrepreneur and Owner of the Mott Haven Bar & Grill.
“With over 210,000 individuals of Dominican heritage calling this great borough their home, it is a proud moment to recognize the growing population and share their flavorful culture. With their growing businesses and exciting cultural celebrations, the history of this great community is being written each day in our borough,” said Borough President Diaz.
“I could not miss this for anything, because it is more than just being honored. I am here for a great man and the great borough of The Bronx. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. chooses to recognize the work of individuals everywhere and that is kind of him,” said Council Member Ferreras as she accepted her honor.
“I am very proud to be here, because Dominicans are productive citizens and each day they are getting more involved,” stated Mr. Montilla as he chatted with invited guests and co-workers at the event.
“I am humbled and surprised because when I was growing up, Dominicans were never really recognized and over the years that has changed,” added Ms. Garcia as they all smiled for a picture.
Vice-Consuls of the Dominican Republic in New York, the Honorable Victor Compres and the Honorable Cecilia Santana, were also recognized for their contributions in keeping Dominican culture and heritage vibrant in The Bronx and throughout the city.