Hispanic Heritage Awards at Int’l Mall Sept. 21-22

Swirl of color in folkloric dance at last years Hispanic Heritage celebration.

Hispanic Culture and fall fashion come alive at Miami International Mall with the Eighth Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration created in partnership with the City of Doral, Sept. 21-22.

The community will experience the diverse cultures and flavors of various Latin American countries through colorful, energetic fashion shows and interactive entertainment as local leaders are recognized through the Hispanic Star Awards.

The free and dynamic celebration of style also spotlights fall fashion trends from Mall retailers during a fashion show Friday at 7 p.m.

The celebration, presented by Miami Dade College, and sponsored by Telemundo 51, United Healthcare and Beauty Salons of America, provides a showcase of authentic folkloric music and dance performances, a parade of native dresses from South America, Central America and the Caribbean, as presented by the City of Doral.

The celebration kicks off Friday night with the “Fashionia – Noche deHonor” VIP Charity Reception with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Liga Contra el Cancer “League Against Cancer” and the Simon Youth Foundation. The invitationonly event with a $35 charity donation begins with the announcement of the Hispanic Star Award honorees.

A blue carpet and champagne reception at 6 p.m. is followed by the “Hispanic Star” award presentation and fashion show 7 p.m. The event honors a group of extraordinary Hispanic individuals through a vibrant, show-stopping presentation of the hottest fall fashion looks.

Each Hispanic Star Award nominee is recognized for their selfless contributions to their community and how they earned a stellar reputation for their tireless work on important community projects in South Florida.

“To honor and recognize outstanding leaders’ helps make the Hispanic Heritage Celebration our largest community event of the year,” said Alein Cadalso, general manager of Miami International Mall.

Six award winners to be announced Sept. 12 include outstanding Hispanic educator, health professional, philanthropist, small business leader, artist and junior Hispanic community leader (age 16-19).

On Sept. 22, the event continues with a fashion show at 12:30 p.m., continuing at 1p.m. with culturally-inspired festivities including authentic folkloric music and fiery dance performances, country heritage exhibits, art and flag displays, live entertainment and a spirited parade of native dresses from South America, Central America and the Caribbean.

Throughout the day shoppers can also catch looks from participating retailers including, bebe, Sears, The Limited, Cotton On, and Beauty Salons of America.

For more information, tel. 305-593- 1775 or visit www.simon.com, www.facebook.com/MiamiInternationalMall

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