We are thrilled to announce that Billy Ocasio and Dr. Ramón García have been voted the 2024 Outstanding Community Leader Award recipients!

Nomination statement from the Board of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture (edited):
“Mr. Ocasio’s dedication to the Puerto Rican community in Humboldt Park and Chicago over the past 30+ years has been nothing short of remarkable. From spearheading affordable housing initiatives and the development of the iconic Paseo Boricua flags and Puerto Rican streetscape to founding the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, his vision and leadership have transformed and empowered the community.”

Nomination statement from the Dominican American Midwest Association (edited):
“Dr. Ramón García has been instrumental in advancing the Dominican American Midwest Association’s mission of empowering Dominicans across various facets like culture, education, politics, and economics since its founding in 1999. His establishment of the Dr. Ramón García Educational Award has provided critical support for students to pursue higher education and community development.”

Please join us in celebrating these exceptional community leaders and their tireless work to create positive change! The Chicago Cultural Alliance will recognize Billy Ocasio and Dr. Ramón García as the 2024 Outstanding Community Leaders during the awards ceremony of the 2024 MOSAIC Gala this summer.

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