Mike Lopez, best known as AC Mike, media personality at WOND Radio and one of the Nuestro Pueblo winners.

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GALLOWAY — Ten community leaders will receive recognition at the 2021 Nuestro Pueblo Awards from 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at the Stockton Atlantic City John F. Scarpa Academic Center, 3711 Atlantic Ave.

This year’s theme is “A Night in Old San Juan.” It is sponsored by the Stockton Unidos organization and the Hispanic Association of Atlantic County (HAAC). It will also include music, food and dancing.


Jessica Grullon, Nuestro Pueblo Awards planning committee chair, said the event is designed to “promote community involvement and advancement of our Hispanic cultural heritage by recognizing individuals and/or organizations that are making a difference in ‘nuestro pueblo’ — our community.”

Highlighting the great culture and leadership in South Jersey’s Hispanic community.

This year’s honorees are:

Future Leader Award: Jetzaly Medina of Atlantic City, Stockton University Engelberg Scholar award recipient.

STEM: Kirby Ortiz, Stockton University Information Technology Services, has worked with the Latino community during the pandemic to assist with accessing online learning and virtual platforms.

Arts and Entertainment: Mike Lopez, also known as AC Mike, is a media personality on WOND Radio, Comcast 1090 and YouTube, known for his support of Atlantic City.

Community Service: Luis Rodriguez, President and Executive Director, La Casa Dominicana of Nueva Jersey.

Education: Yasnaya Lorick, teacher at Sovereign Avenue School, community activist and foster parent.

Entrepreneurship: Elvis Cadavid, Co-owner, Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House, which has awarded scholarships through Vagabond Charities.

Healthcare: Jenny Hernandez, AtlantiCare employee and co-chair of AtlantiCare Latinos Moving Forward (ALMA).

Nuestro “Amigo”: David Vinokurov, Senior Customer Outreach Specialist at South Jersey Gas.

Organizational “Amigo/a”: Atlantic Cape Community College for its work during the pandemic at the Atlantic City Megasite and other community outreach programs.

Public Service: Lt. Wilber Santiago, Atlantic City Police Department, first Latino lieutenant in the department and Commander of the Neighborhood Coordination Unit, he also served as executive director of the Atlantic City Police Athletic League from 2014-19.

Net proceeds will benefit Unidos and HAAC scholarship funds. Guests are encouraged to dress in tropical cocktail attire.

Tickets are $75 and can be purchased through the Unidos website at stockton.edu/unidos/. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact unidos@stockton.edu.

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