Monday, August 25, 2014

CYNTHIA LÓPEZ, Commissioner of NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, to Receive 2014 HOLA Advocacy Award

Commissioner of NYC Mayor’s Office of
Media and Entertainment
to receive 2014 HOLA Advocacy Award

at the 2014 HOLA Awards Gala and Benefit 

The 2014 HOLA Awards will take place on Monday, October 13, 2014
at the Battery Gardens, located in NYC's Battery Park

Commissioner of New York City
Mayor's Office of Media and
Entertainment Cynthia López.
August 25, 2014 (New York, New York) — The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), the nation’s longest running active arts advocacy organization for Latino actors, is pleased to announce that it will honor the Commissioner of New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Cynthia López with the inaugural HOLA Advocacy Award. She will join Emmy and Obie winner, five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein, actress Ana Ortiz, triple threat Bianca Marroquín, actor Pedro Pascal, actress Cierra Ramírez and WNBC-TV anchor Sibila Vargas at the Fifteenth Annual HOLA Awards Gala and Benefit. The HOLA Awards will take place on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6:30pm at The Battery Gardens, located on the waterfront overlooking New York Harbor in Battery Park (opposite 17 State Street in lower Manhattan). Sponsorship opportunities are still available. A limited number of individual tickets are available at $150.

Cynthia López will receive the 2014 HOLA Advocacy Award. She is the Commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment. She joined the City of New York from American Documentary | POV, where she served as executive vice president and co-executive producer of the award-winning “POV” (Point of View) documentary series. She has received many prestigious awards including the 2013 Industry Award from Chicken & Egg Pictures, Prism Award, and many others. In 2013, the Imagen Foundation cited her as one of the top 20 most influential Latinos in entertainment. She is the recipient of eight News and Documentary Emmys.

Obie and Emmy winner Héctor Elizondo, currently starring in ABC’s “Last Man Standing”, will receive the 2014 Rita Moreno HOLA Award for Excellence. Five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein, currently treading the boards on Broadway in Cabaret; and Ana Ortiz, star of the television series “Ugly Betty” and “Devious Maids”, will receive the 2014 HOLA José Ferrer Tespis Award. Bianca Marroquín (currently on Broadway in Chicago, and a judge on Univision’s celebrity dance competition series “¡Mira Quién Baila!”) will receive the 2014 Raúl Juliá HOLA Founders Award.

Pedro Pascal (of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” and the upcoming Netflix series “Narcos”) will receive the HOLA Excellence in Television Award. Cierra Ramírez (of the ABC Family series “The Fosters”) will receive the HOLA Emerging Artist Award. HOLA will present its Excellence in Media Award to WNBC-TV anchor Sibila Vargas.

In addition to the above awards HOLA will also continue its annual tradition of honoring the best of Latino theater in New York with noncompetitive awards encompassing multiple winners in each category. HOLA is at the forefront in recognizing the high caliber work being offered across New York’s growing and thriving Latino theatrical stages.

A list of the 2013-2014 theater awardees can be seen HERE.

Individual tickets are $150 and can be purchased in advance by calling (212) 253-1015 or by going to Sponsorships are also available and can be purchased by calling A.B. Lugo at (212) 253-1015 or via e-mail at

The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA) is an arts service/advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the presence of Hispanic artists in entertainment and media through the cultivation, education and recognition of emerging artists.HOLA strives for an accurate, informed and non-stereotyped portrayal of the full spectrum of Latino culture and heritage in the entertainment and media industries.

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