2010 ALMA Scholarship

Congratulations to the 2010 ALMA Scholarship recipients Jose “Cheche” Turrubiartez and Ignacio V. Maldonado

In 2003 Tony Alvarado-Rivera and I co-founded the ALMA (Association of Latino Men for Action) Scholarship. This year I volunteered as co-chair of the ALMA Scholarship Committee, a group of dedicated Latino men that included ALMA President-Julio Rodriguez, Kenny Martin-Ocasio, Jaime Pérez Pineda, Carlos Rinconeno and Ray Contreras. A special thanks to Board Member-Patrick Harms, Jaime Pérez Pineda and Edwin Corbin-Gutiérrez for their additional work that made the scholarship awards reception a success. Here is a brief recap I wrote of the awards reception for the ALMA website.

On Aug. 19 a group of friends and supporters attended the Association of Latino Men for Action (ALMA) Scholarship Awards Reception at Circuit Nightclub in honor of Jose “Cheche” Turrubiartez and Ignacio V. Maldonado. Mothers of both awardees were present as each student received his $1,000 check by ALMA President, Julio Rodriguez for their outstanding leadership in the Latino LGBTQ community. These funds are made available to each recipient to help them pursue their educational goals at a university, college or trade school.

The program featured, a charming performance by Matt Rivera, who was named 2010 Windy City Gay Idol earlier this summer after out-singing 24 contestants at 11 different Chicago gay bars. Along with Matt, two of Circuit Nightclub’s very own entertainers Veronica Zaid, who did two sensual numbers and Eddie Couture, who performed a visual spectacle as a blue character from the movie Avatar, brought the evening to a spectacular close.

ALMA for the past seven years has been able to provide the ALMA Scholarship to young Latino gay and bisexual men for their work on behalf of the Latino LGBTQ community, because of the dedication of our scholarship committee members, the advocacy of our young scholars and the financial contributions of all our supporters. Please consider making a monetary donation to ensure the future of the ALMA Scholarship.


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