Latino Student Fund Honors Leon Harris, Others 

The Latin Student Fund Annual Gala was held May 24 in the exquisitely lighted nave of the National Cathedral, beginning with cocktails and wine courtesy of Wide World of Wines. Guests enjoyed Latin music and a silent auction followed by a seated dinner catered by Design Cuisine. Peruvian Ambassador Oswaldo de Rivero Barreto and Vivian Pliner de Rivero Barreto were honorary patrons.

NBC 4 News Anchor Leon Harris emceed the event and began with a moment of silence for the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. Board Chair Fernando Barrueta and LSF President & CEO Maria Fernanda Borja delivered welcoming remarks. Goya Director of Public Relations Rafael Toro was the keynote speaker. Upon receiving the Philanthropy Award, Harris quipped, “Thank you for letting me eat.”  Other awardees were Pinkie Dent Mayfield of Graham Holdings Co., and Calvin Hawkins of Prince George’s County Council. Henry Acha and Melanie Delgado spoke of the assistance they had received from LSF, which provides eight programs under three programmatic areas: post-secondary success, academic support and family resources.  

Brian Mack, Angela Franco, Nelly Carrion and Juan Jara. Photo by Norwood Photography. 


Mario Acosta Velez, Pinkie Mayfield and Maria Fernanda Borja. Photo by Norwood Photography. 


Jeyben Castro and Maria Fernanda Borja. Photo by Norwood Photography.









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