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Hispanic Heritage Month Honorees

| November 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Union Bank, N.A., partnered with KPBS to celebrate local heroes who are making a difference to enrich the lives of others. The honorees are announced as part of the ongoing 2011 Cultural Diversity Partnership which recognizes and pays tribute to 16 local heroes from eight diverse areas who are making a difference by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region, and the world. The 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month honorees are ­­Richard Nares of Mission Hills and Rachel Ortiz.

Richard Nares is the executive director of the Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), which he founded along with his wife Diane in 2003 after losing their son Emilio to leukemia. Nares turned the tragic experience into a program that assists children fighting cancer throughout Southern California.

Richard Nares of Mission Hills receives honors for his devotion to a cause.

Rachel Ortiz is the founder and director of Barrio Station, a youth program that saves the lives of thousands of troubled young people by offering them alternatives to delinquency

Rachel Ortiz director of Barrio Station, earns recognition.

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