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Mayor honors community leaders at Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony

Mayor honors community leaders at Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony

Dr. Richard Tapia, from left, Jose Antonio Diaz, Mayor Annise Parker, Michael Olivas, Maria Teresa Castillo-Valle and Demetrius Navarro at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Dr. Richard Tapia, from left, Jose Antonio Diaz, Mayor Annise Parker, Michael Olivas, Maria Teresa Castillo-Valle and Demetrius Navarro. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Kristin Garcia Blomquist, from left, with Roland and Karen Garcia  at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Kristin Garcia Blomquist, from left, with Roland and Karen Garcia. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Nellie Fraga, from left, Bob Stein, Linda Toyota and Felix Fraga at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Nellie Fraga, from left, Bob Stein, Linda Toyota and Felix Fraga. Photo by © Kim Coffman
John Hernandez, from left, Terry Morales, David Ruiz and David Chaumette at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
John Hernandez, from left, Terry Morales, David Ruiz and David Chaumette. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Lenora Sorola Pohlman, from left, Daniel Morales, Lauren Soliz and Chris Canonico at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Lenora Sorola Pohlman, from left, Daniel Morales, Lauren Soliz and Chris Canonico. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Gordon Quan, left, and Manson Johnson at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Gordon Quan, left, and Manson Johnson. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Sofia Adrogue, from left, Sandra Guerra Thompson, Michael Olivas and Jim Thompson at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Sofia Adrogue, from left, Sandra Guerra Thompson, Michael Olivas and Jim Thompson. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Helen Cavazos, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Yolanda Black Navarro at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Helen Cavazos, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Yolanda Black Navarro. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Gilbert and DeeDee Garcia at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Gilbert and DeeDee Garcia. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Eric Andell, from left, Chris Daniel and Vince Ryan at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Eric Andell, from left, Chris Daniel and Vince Ryan. Photo by © Kim Coffman
Dr. Richard Tapia, from left, Jose Antonio Diaz, Mayor Annise Parker, Michael Olivas, Maria Teresa Castillo-Valle and Demetrius Navarro at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Kristin Garcia Blomquist, from left, with Roland and Karen Garcia  at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Nellie Fraga, from left, Bob Stein, Linda Toyota and Felix Fraga at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
John Hernandez, from left, Terry Morales, David Ruiz and David Chaumette at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Lenora Sorola Pohlman, from left, Daniel Morales, Lauren Soliz and Chris Canonico at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Gordon Quan, left, and Manson Johnson at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Sofia Adrogue, from left, Sandra Guerra Thompson, Michael Olivas and Jim Thompson at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Helen Cavazos, from left, Mayor Annise Parker and Yolanda Black Navarro at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Gilbert and DeeDee Garcia at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014
Eric Andell, from left, Chris Daniel and Vince Ryan at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards event October 2014

Rice University professor Richard Tapia, recognized nationally and internationally for his work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards Ceremony held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Among Tapia's many honors is the National Medal of Science, presented to him by President Obama. The Houston award held special meaning for the scientist who told the gathering that he felt "complete" after being recognized on his home turf.

Also receiving honors were University of Houston Law Center professor Michael Olivas for Education, Jose Antonio Diaz for Art in the Community, Demetrius Navarro for Community Activist and Maria Teresa Castillo-Valle for Youth Activist. All awards were presented by Mayor Annise Parker.

The Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board chairman Roland Garcia welcomed the crowd of more than 400 to the event that was chaired by Lauren Soliz and Lenora Sorola. KTRK Channel 13's Erik Barajas and Univision 45's Rebecca Suarez served as emcees of the evening that celebrated Houston's rich diversity and cultural heritage. 

The heavy-hitter crowd included Harris County attorney Vince Ryan, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, HISD board president Juliet Stipech, city councilman Dave Martin, Harris County treasurer Orlando Sanchez, Port Commissioner Theldon Branch, Metro chairman Gilbert Garcia, Hispanic Advisory Board co-chair Yolanda Black Navarro, Judge Jim Sharp and Judge Barbara Hartle.