As he always has throughout the year State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Sr. and TEAM DIAZ hold different events called Abrazo's for the different heritages of the people of the Bronx. Last night it was the Abrazo Dominicano, and as usual Maestro's Grand Ballroom was packed with happy people to help celebrate Abrazo Dominicano.
Last night TEAM DIAZ members include State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Sr., Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Assemblyman Victor Pichardo, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Councilman Rafael Salamanca, and last night included Councilman Fernando Cabrera. The event begins with picture taking with members of TEAM DIAZ, the national anthems of America and the country being honored, the invocation, one or two speeches, then the honorees are presented. Afterwards the real party begins, as the dance floor is opened up.
The honorees for last night's Abrazo Dominicano were, for State senator Ruben Diaz Sr. - Mr/ George Alvarez, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo - Ms. Luz Tavarez, Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda - Mr. Michael Levalle, Assemblyman Victor Pichardo - Ms. Venecia Fernandez, and Councilman Rafael Salamanca - Henry Garrido. Some photos of the event are below.
Above and Below - Photo ops with TEAM DIAZ members.
Above and Below - More photo ops as members of TEAM DIAZ arrived.
Above - Reverend Carmen Hernandez with the two elected officials who represent her.
Below - J.C. Polanco stopped in to say hello, and then left for another event in a different room at Mastro's.
Above - Two of the young dancers.
Below - Another photo op.
Above - Honoree Nr, George Alvarez dances his way up front when introduced.
Below - Mr. Alvarez joins Senator Diaz on the podium..