Celebrating the Latino Community: Spanish Catholic Center Holds Annual Gala and Awards

May 19, 2004

The Spanish Catholic Center of the Archdiocese of Washington (Centro Catolico Hispano) will hold its annual gala and will honor groups and individuals who have generously supported the Center’s work and the Latino community in the Washington metropolitan region, including the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Federal Association; Grupo TACA; and Maria Teresa Meyer:

Saturday, May 22, 2004
6:30 p.m. (reception)
8:00 p.m. (awards presentation)
Organization of American States
Hall of the Americas,
17th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC

This year’s gala theme is Love without Borders (Amor sin Fronteras).

During the gala, the Monseñor Oscar Romero Award will be presented to the Order of Malta, Federal Association. This is the local affiliate of an international Catholic lay order that is dedicated to defending the faith and serving the poor. The Order of Malta has generously supported the Spanish Catholic Center by providing professional-volunteers and ensuring low-income immigrants have access to necessary medicines through the Order’s pharmaceutical program.

The airline, Grupo TACA, will receive the Robert and Lucía Lado Award for its philanthropic commitment to advance the Latino community. Finally, the Miriam Armas Award will go to María Teresa Meyer for her efforts to promote and support the Latino community.

The Spanish Catholic Center was founded in 1967 to serve the growing community of Latino immigrants through health care, immigration, employment, education, economic development and social services. While open to all people in need, the Center primarily serves low-income, new immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean. Last year, the Center assisted 40,000 clients from 80 countries. This week, Rev. Don Lippert, OFM Cap, executive director of the Spanish Catholic Center, was named Vice President for Mission of Catholic Community Services, the new parent corporation for the Center and three other agencies: Catholic Charities, Anchor Mental Health and the Kennedy Institute.

For more information on the Spanish Catholic Center, call 202-939-2437.

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
[email protected]