A Celebration of Outstanding People

Ft. Lauderdale FL– November 1, 2010 — The Pan American Development Foundation’s second-annual Heroes of the Hemisphere celebration was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who attended the event on the Celebrity Cruises’ Solstice in Ft. Lauderdale.

Joining PADF at the 2010 Heroes of the Hemisphere celebration were actress Gabrielle Union, actor Jimmy Jean-Louis, former NBA player Olden Polynice, celebrity chef Ron Duprat, actress and Cover Girl model Dania Ramirez and television host Maria Elvira Salazar. Univision’s Satcha Pretto returned this year as the mistress of ceremonies

Nicole Orelus receives the award from actor Jimmy Jean-Louis. (Photo by Steve Levine.)

The 2010 Heroes of the Hemisphere honorees were:

  • Henrique Gelinski of Brazil;
  • Flor Nancy Muelas of Colombia;
  • Monserrat Guzman of Mexico;
  • Nicole Orelus of Haiti;
  • Amarilys Castillo of the Dominican Republic.

Colombia pop star Marre performed at the 2010 Heroes of the Hemisphere celebration. The 19-year-old singer, songwriter has performed throughout Latin America and the United States where she has a large (and growing) following.

Celebrity Cruises hosted the event aboard its luxurious Solstice, which was docked at the Port of the Everglades in Fort Lauderdale for this exclusive gala. The event included live entertainment, cocktails, lunch and the second annual awards ceremony.

About Heroes of the Hemisphere
PADF works each day with individuals in Latin American and the Caribbean who are making a significant difference in their communities. They help the survivors of natural disasters, strengthen civil society and create economic opportunities for the most vulnerable among us. To celebrate these remarkable individuals, PADF has created a marquee event called Heroes of the Hemisphere that tells their stories.

Olden Polynice, Gabrielle Union, Jimmy Jean-Louis and Satcha Pretto (Photos by Steve Levine of Steady 70 Photography)

About HUFH
Hollywood Unites For Haiti is a non-profit charitable aid organization based in Los Angeles that that is lead by Jimmy Jean-Louis. www.hufh.org.

About PADF
PADF is a non-profit organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries.

The 2010 Heroes of the Hemisphere honorees with their awards: (from left) Henrique Gelinski of Brazil; Flor Nancy Muelas of Colombia; Monserrat Guzman of Mexico; Nicole Orelus of Haiti; and Amarilys Castillo of the Dominican Republic.

PADF is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Haiti. With nearly three decades of work on the ground, PADF now manages a large portfolio of activities ranging from community-driven development to protecting human rights.
Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere.
www.padf.org

Contact:
Michael J. Zamba
Senior Director of Communications
Pan American Development Foundation
padf-dc@padf.org
Tel. (202) 458-3969
Donations: (877) 572-4484
Text HEAL to 50555
www.PanAmericanRelief.org