The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana Announces the Honorees of the 2019 Excelencia Gala Awards

NEW ORLEANS – The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL) announced the honorees for its Excelencia Gala on September 20. The celebration, which takes place during Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizes the leadership and community engagement of individuals and corporations within the local Hispanic community. It also raises funds for programs and services geared towards Hispanics.

Learn more about the 2019 honorees, below.

AT&T Louisiana is being presented with the Corporate Partner Award. AT&T Louisiana has increased employment and generated millions in tax revenue for the state. By partnering with the Connect America Fund, AT&T Louisiana has created internet connections for customers in traditionally underserved areas. Through their program Believe New Orleans SM , the men and women of AT&T in New Orleans are working with community leaders and organizations to impact historic New Orleans East, and support residents who are pursuing greater opportunities.

The Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company will receive the Community Leader Award for their contributions to the New Orleans area. Their Community Rewards program was established through the bank to give $75,000 to local non-profits through fundraising events and an annual silent auction. This company also partners with Crossroads NOLA to improve the foster care system for children and families.

Ronnie Mains, CRC Global Solutions has earned the President’s Choice Award. Through their CRC We Care Charity they provide food donations to non-profits, natural disaster relief, and Christmas gifts to children around the New Orleans area among other notable activities.

AnaMaria Uribe-Bech, MBA, is the founder and publisher of VIVA NOLA Magazine. This bilingual publication, available in digital and print, showcases Latino culture in the Greater New Orleans area. Uribe-Bech is being presented with the Small Business Award for building a strong media outlet and supporting the local community.

Meaghan McCormack, BBA, is a young professional who works at the World Trade Center New Orleans as the vice president of marketing and communications. McCormack was selected for the The Young Leader Award because of her extensive work in international business and trade. In her spare time, McCormack volunteers her time with Harry Tompson Center for the Homeless and the Edible Schoolyard.

The 2019 Excelencia Gala takes place on Friday, September 20, at 7 p.m., at the InterContinental Hotel (444 St Charles Avenue). It includes a dinner by chef Arthur Batiste, a silent auction, and a raffle, along with live entertainment from Julio y Cesar y Su Banda, that will be playing your favorite Latin and American music. Tickets can be purchased through


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