The New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc.

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The New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. cordially invites you to attend our College Awards Gala Dinner Dance, to be held on Thursday, August 20, 2015, at the Marina Del Rey in The Bronx; 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Dress Attire:  Semi-formal. 

R.S.V.P. & Payment must be made by Monday, August 3, 2015; [Payment Confirms Your Reservation].  Check should be made payable to:  New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc.  Tickets – $175.00 Per Person/(Table of 10: $1,750.00).  After August 3, 2015: $190.00/ticket ($1,900.00/table of 10).  Reservations / Information: Dara Lustgarten, President: 845-598-2510;  Rosalind Reyes-Medina, CFO: 917-432-4043.  You may email us at to receive the Gala Response Form.  For more details, please visit our Events section in our web site, where you can also download our Gala Response Form. 



Woman of the Year:  Milagros Baez O’Toole, Board Chair, Acacia Network, Inc. 

Man of the Year:  Dr. Robert Gonzalez, retired Assistant Commissioner of Education & Research, NYC Police Department 

Lifetime Achievement Award:  

Zoraida Graciani, Owner, Zoraida’s Coquitos and

Hector Ramos, New York/Puerto Rico Media Specialist 

Education Award:  Paulette Zalduondo-Henriquez, President, 100 Hispanic Women – Westchester Chapter 

Public Service Award:  Lt. Jorge Luis Torres, President, Hispanic Society, New York City Fire Department 

Special Recognition Awards:

Master Sergeant John Escalante, USMC

Joy L. Flores, Firefighter, New York City Fire Department

Juan Ortiz, Secretary/Treasurer, SSEU Local 371

Sgt. Elizabeth Quinones, USMC

Ana Soto, Educational Art Consultant, NYC Dept. of Education

We look forward to seeing you at our Gala.


EUNICE In February of 2015, the Board of Directors of the New York League of Puerto Rican Women welcomed Eunice Santiago as its Vice President.  Eunice has a Bachelors Degree of Applied Science from Boricua College, and for the past three years she has held the position of Executive Assistant / Operations Manager and Program Coordinator at Samaritan Village.  She has also worked at Boricua College and Sol Goldman Investments.  Eunice has performed extensive community service as a Teacher, in Community Outreach, and as an HIV/AIDS Intake Counselor.  But Eunice’ claim to fame is that she is the very first NYLPRW, Inc. College Award Recipient to be on our Board of Directors.  We are proud to have Eunice join our team.

The New York League of Puerto Rican Women, Inc. is pleased to announce that on October 11, 2014, we presented a record number of 16 College Awards to Puerto Rican undergraduate women selected for their academic excellence and service to the community.  Five of these College Awards were financed by our chief sponsor for the past six years:  the New York Yankees, to whom we are most grateful.  Our event took place at our College Awards Presentation Brunch held at Spoto’s Italian Restaurant in the Bronx.  A picture of our 2014 College Awards recipients  can be seen on our College Award page in this web site.

We are also proud to report that the League made history by being the very first Puerto Rican/Hispanic women’s organization to be recognized and honored by the New York Yankees, four years in a row.  The League was presented with their 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Community Achievement Award In Education, in on-field ceremonies at Yankee Stadium.  This recognition of the League, underscores the Yankees’ commitment to the League’s mission to empower Puerto Rican women through higher education.

Pictured are the five College Award Recipients sponsored by the Yankees together with  the NYLPRW, Inc. President, Dara Lustgarten:

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Five College Award Recipients sponsored by the Yankees in 2014

The League’s focus is on the Puerto Rican woman and her ability to provide a better life for herself and her family by obtaining a college degree.  The League strives to offer, annually, College Awards of $1,000.00 each to Puerto Rican undergraduate women with a GPA of 3.0 and no failing grades.  The League believes that if you educate a woman, you educatef a family.

We do this by depending solely on the support and generosity of the community, since we do not receive any government grants.  Our goal is to increase the number of College Award recipients each year.  In order to do so, we look to the generosity of our friends, members, supporters, contributors and sponsors to accomplish this goal.  The League asks that you spread the word throughout the community about our College Awards Program so that all eligible students can apply.

We welcome you to explore our web site for information on past College Award recipients, Gala Dinner Dances, and the Sponsorship / Contribution Form and College Award Application Form, both of which can be downloaded.  We encourage you to join the League in support of our College Awards Program, as a Member, Sponsor and/or Contributor, and to participate in our activities.  No contribution is too small.

We trust that you will continue to be one of our loyal supporters, and please accept our heartfelt thanks for your gracious generosity.

Con Cariño,

Dara Lustgarten, President


- Educate a woman, and you educate a family -