Raleigh- La Noticia will recognize four outstanding members of our community with the 2018 Latin American Excelente Awards at a special ceremony which will take place on Saturday, August 25th, at 6:00 p.m. at the hotel Hilton Raleigh/Midtown.

The winners

This year’s award winners are: Claudia Rojas. Claudia is receiving the Excelente Award in the category: Community Service Person of the Year for her dedication and commitment serving the Latino community for more than 10 years through many roles, specially as Manager of the UNC Center for Latino Health (CELAH) program. She has held this position since the inception of the program and has performed her duties with passion, energy and compassion, making a big difference in the lives of the more than 10,000 beneficiaries of the program.

Maria Fernanda Hoyos, is receiving the Excelente Award in the category: Businesswoman of the Year for her dedication to the community and her constant use of best business practices. She started working at Peoples Bank more than 11 years ago as a cashier and today holds the position of First Vice President and Sales Manager for the Eastern Region.

Carlos Liriano is receiving the Excelente Award in the category: Businessman of the Year for his more than 6 years giving financial advise and excellent customer service to members of the Latino community through his position as Branch Manager at Wells Fargo.

Mariann Juarez will receive the award of Student of the Year. She is a rising freshman at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she will be majoring in Physics. Her dream is to eventually become an astronomer. Mariann will also receive a scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to help her pay for college.

They will be presented with their awards at the Latin American Excelente Awards Gala.

The Excelente Awards Gala is a black tie event and is the signature event in the Latino community in North Carolina. La Noticia has been organizing this gala in Charlotte for 20 years and Raleigh for 6 years.

To know a little bit more about the Excelente Awards Gala in Raleigh please take a look at this video:


Some of the proceeds from the Excelente Awards Gala are sent back into the community in the form of scholarships to Latino students to help them pay for college. So far La Noticia has giving more than $200,000 in scholarships.

Facts about the Latin American Excelente Awards 2018
  • Date: Saturday August 25th, 2018
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown
  • 3415 Wake Forest Road
  • Raleigh, NC 27609
  • Dress code: Black tie. Ladies wear long gowns and gentlemen tuxedos.

Do not miss this opportunity to celebrate the most important Latino night in Raleigh.

Admission: $100 per person – $1,500 for a table sponsorship

To buy tickets:


Paola Jaramillo

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