Mr. Joe M. Gonzalez, Esquire selected to receive the Matilda Martinez Garcia Leadership Award

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The City of Tampa Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Joe M. Gonzalez, Esquire as the recipient of the annual Matilda Garcia Leadership Award in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the Tampa Bay community.
Mr. Gonzalez is a respected attorney who has served the Tampa Bay area for more than 30 years. In the 1980’s, Mr. Gonzalez helped to establish new organizations that would honor, promote and celebrate, Tampa’s unique Hispanic Heritage.  He became one of the founding members of Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc., which originally was part of a “Sister Cities’ Program”.  In addition, he was a charter member of the City of Tampa Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council (MHAC), which was established in 1983, by then Mayor Bob Martinez. His distinguished community service has included the Sheriff’s Hispanic Advisory Council, the Tampa Police Chief’s Citizen Advisory Committee, The University of South Florida Hispanic Advisory Council, the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (Founder), the Hispanic Defense League, the Hillsborough County Planning Commission and many more.
The Matilda Garcia Leadership Award will be presented to Mr. Gonzalez at the 18th Annual Latinos Unidos luncheon.  The proceeds from this event will benefit the City of Tampa Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Council scholarship programs at various institutions of higher learning in Tampa including University of Tampa, University of South Florida, and Hillsborough Community College.  This year’s keynote speaker of the Latinos Unidos Luncheon is Mr. Jorge M. Perez, Founder and Chair of The Related Group.  The luncheon will take place at noon on Wednesday, May 18th at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.
This event is proudly sponsored by Florida Blue, Helios Education Foundation, Bright House Networks, Tampa Electric, Publix Supermarkets, Suncoast Federal Credit Union, Tampa International Airport,  Frontier Communications Corp., Tampa Bay Rays, Wells Fargo, ABC Action News Positively Tampa Bay, The Tampa Tribune,, CENTRO Tampa, Univision Tampa Bay, Telemundo Tampa, Allegra Printing, 92.5 FM Maxima, WEDU/V-me and Clear Channel Outdoor.
To obtain more information about the luncheon, please contact Maribel Ramos Garrett, (813) 765-4492, Judy Alicea (813) 205-5081or Cindy Toselli with the City of Tampa at (813) 274-7058.
For additional information, contact:
Cindy Toselli
(813) 274-7058