Media Advisory: Roswell Park Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Join RPCI to celebrate the Hispanic culture and contributions of community leaders
Monday, September 16, 2013

WHAT: Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the RPCI Hispanic Employee Network & Resource Group will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m.

WHERE: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, David C. Hohn, MD, Lecture Hall (located on the first floor of the Research Studies Center at Carlton & Elm Streets)

NOTES: National Hispanic Heritage Month is dedicated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, as well as from Central and South America.

RPCI’s free, public event includes:

  • Discussions from Hispanic community leaders in the WNY region, including Dora Esplugas, a member of Vive la Casa; Ramon Luciano, an RPCI retiree and volunteer; Charley Torres, president of the Puerto Rican & Hispanic Day Parade of Western New York; and Eugenio Russi, director of Hispanic United.
  • Singing and dancing performances by Baila Salsa Dance Company (Calvin & Fanny), Las Drama Queens, Jennifer Arroyo, and Laurie Krupski.
  • David A. Rivera, Niagara District Common Council Member, will receive an appreciation award for his tireless dedication and close ties to the Hispanic community. Councilmember Rivera, former president of the Puerto Rican-Chicano Committee, as well as Hispanics United of Buffalo, has identified economic development, housing stock improvement, sustainable waterfront development, and youth programming opportunities as his top priorities.
  • Dinner reception featuring traditional Spanish cuisine.

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The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1898, RPCI is one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org. Follow Roswell Park on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Contact: 

Tara Yates, Director of Public Affairs
716-845-5747; tara.yates@roswellpark.org