APM to Honor Leaders Who Have Made a Resounding Impact on the Latino Community at 50th Anniversary Gala

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WHAT: ​Over the course of its 51-year history, ​Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) has become a leader in helping Philadelphia families achieve their greatest potential with programs and services that address life’s challenges.

Originally planned to take place in September 2020, APM’s 50th Anniversary Gala is finally underway to celebrate a half-century of service to the community. Throughout COVID-19, the social services nonprofit has explored new ways to deliver programming and engage neighbors. Other 50th Anniversary festivities were re-envisioned throughout 2020 and 2021, including a virtual Speaker Series and Sugar Cane Festival.

The evening will be emceed by award-winning actress, singer-songwriter and dancer Ana Isabelle, who will appear in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film “West Side Story.” Honorees include activists and nonprofit leaders, health care pioneers, legislators and artists with connections to the Philadelphia area and who have made a resounding impact on the Latino community. The Gala will also feature a concert with two musical acts following the dinner and awards program.

This is a vaccine required event. Those interested in enjoying the celebration from the comfort of their homes will be able to access a free live stream at https://apmphila.org/about-apm/celebrating-50-years/.

WHO: Nilda Ruiz, President and CEO, APM

Pelayo Coll, Esq. Board Chair, APM

Ana Isabelle, Actress, Singer-Songwriter and Dancer

Award Winners

Blues Junior, Dance Band

Johnny Rivera, Salsa Singer

WHEN: Friday, December 3 at 5 p.m. (red carpet begins); dinner program at 6:15 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Fillmore Philadelphia, 29 E Allen St.

CONTACT: Barbara Beck, bbeck@sage-communications.com, 610-246-9167 (cell)

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