Fuerza! Celebrates Latin Culture & Influence in PGH Communities

Published On August 4, 2015 | By Megan Brown | Community
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On Saturday, August 15, a benefit party will be held to support the upcoming season of community-based work and events at Cafe Con Leche, an organization that connects Pittsburgh’s Latin community to the city by promoting its culture. Titled Fuerza!, the event will be hosted at Allentown’s Hardware Store at 744 E. Warrington Ave. from 6-10PM.

Earlier this summer, Cafe Con Leche called on community members to nominate 10 Latinas who make an impact on their community in the Greater Pittsburgh area. The event will be held to honor those Latinas, and to celebrate Latin influence and diversity in Pittsburgh, all while raising money for Cafe Con Leche. 

The Pittsburgh Latina community has an abundance of members working in various industries, from non-profit sectors, to corporate organizations. The chosen individuals will be recognized for their hard work and leadership at Fuerza!.

The awardees include: Giselle Fernandes, Jose Miguel Juarez, Carolina Loyola Garcia, Geña Nieves, Paulina Jaramillo, Monica Mendez, Marisol Wafuerza 1ndiga Valentin, Keyla Christina Nogueira Cook and Cindy Fernandez. Read below for bios and highlights on a few of this year’s chosen individuals:

Keyla Christina Nogueira Cook, a native of Juquitiba, São Paulo – Brasil, has lived in Pittsburgh for the past three years. She is the owner and operator at pop-up Brazilian restaurant, Feijoada To Go, and creator of Projeto Madre Latina–a photo project that celebrates Pittsburgh Latina mothers and their journey through motherhood. Cook also works in Administrative Coordination at Carnegie Mellon University.  

Carolina Loyola Garcia, a resident from Santiago, Chile, shares her knowledge of media and the arts in her classes as an Associate Professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University. She also practices as a filmmaker, performer and multidisciplinary artist.

Guatemalan American Jose Miguel Juarez volunteers as a paramedic for Operation Safety Net, providing medical services to the homeless in Pittsburgh’s Latin community, all while attending fuerza 5Pitt’s School of Medicine.

You can read more about each individual being recognized on Cafe Con Leche’s webpage.

The cocktail party event will be catered by La Palapa, and includes authentic Latin beverages and live entertainment.

Tickets are $35, include a food and drink ticket, and all proceeds will benefit Cafe Con Leche. Additional, optional donations are always welcomed.

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