It was the Annual TEAM DIAZ Abrazo in Honor of Garifuna-American Month. Well almost TEAM DIAZ as two members were missing. Newly elected State Senator Luis Sepulveda and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. were absent from the event for various reasons. No matter former State Senator now Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. took center stage and the Abrazo went on as you will see from the photos below.
Above and Below- As is custom the elected officials pose with members of the audience before the Abrazo.
Above - Another photo with the electeds.
Below - Members of the Garifuna Cultural Group Anyana Yankunu Dance Group performed.
Above - The invocation is given by Evangelist Dr. Mery Alvarez. What is Assemblyman Marcos Crespo thinking?
Below - The National Anthem is sung by Rosemary Bermudez.
Above - Without the Bronx Borough President 'In the House"', Assemblyman Crespo stands in for him to say a few words.
Below - The five honorees (l-r) Mr. Pablo Blanco, Ms. Daysi Fernandez, Ms. Luz F. Solis, Ms. Emi VAlerio, and Mr. Eduardo Solano.
Above - Honoree Eduardo Solano receives Proclamations and citations from the elected officials.
Below - Honoree Emi Valerio Receives her Proclamations and citations from the elected officials.
Honoree Luz F. Solis receives her Proclamations and Citations as did Honorees Ms. Daysi Fernandez and Mr. Pablo Blanco.