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Black-tie dinner, awards help to kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City

People at the Blanco y Negro Gala on Friday included Rebeca Nunez (center), who was celebrating her 8th birthday. She is pictured with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, and her sister (left), Angelica, and Bette Beaver. They were among hundreds of people at the black-tie ball at the Westin Crown Center hotel.
People at the Blanco y Negro Gala on Friday included Rebeca Nunez (center), who was celebrating her 8th birthday. She is pictured with Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, and her sister (left), Angelica, and Bette Beaver. They were among hundreds of people at the black-tie ball at the Westin Crown Center hotel. The Kansas City Star

Blanco y Negro Annual Awards Gala helped kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month in Kansas City.

Hundreds of people attended the black-tie event Friday at the Westin Crown Center hotel with dinner and dancing to live music. Nine high school and college students received Tony Aguirre Scholarships.

People also got to cheer when special honors were presented. Carla Medina received the Dorothy Gallagher Award for outstanding contributions to the Guadalupe Centers Inc., the sponsor of the event.

Theresa Torrez, a Guadalupe Centers board member, received the Dr. Thomas Purcell Award for her contributions to the Guadalupe Centers. Edgar Palacios picked up the T. Pat Rios Award for his work in the Kansas City area Latino community.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 124 received the Business of the Year Award for its contributions in the Latino community.

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Events are planned throughout the Kansas City area to celebrate the community’s Latino history and heritage.

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