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Lourdes University to host Diamante Awards



An event to honor the accomplishments of the local Latino community and to give out college scholarships is set for next week at the 2013 Diamante Awards hosted by Lourdes University in Sylvania.

This year’s event will be on Friday in the Franciscan Center, beginning at 6 p.m. First there will be a silent auction, then there will be the presentation of scholarships and awards at 7:30 p.m.

The University of Toledo’s Latin Jazz Ensemble will perform afterward. WNWO-TV, Channel 24 anchor Angi Gonzalez will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

This year, 31 students will receive scholarships. The students are from Bowling Green State University, Herzing University-Toledo, Lourdes University, Owens Community College, and the University of Toledo.

Local Latino/Latina leaders and organizations to be honored:

Corporation/Community Agency/Group: Queen of Apostles School

Queen of Apostles School has been a staple of excellence for many Latino families in South Toledo for more than 40 years. It is one of two original Central Cities Ministries of Toledo schools providing education to Toledo’s inner city youth. Today, many of its graduates go on to complete their high school education at exemplary programs at well-renowned Catholic high schools in the area.

Latino/Latina Youth Leadership (16-21 years of age): Natalia de Miguel Annoni

A junior at the Toledo School for the Arts, Natalia de Miguel Annoni was born in Louisiana to Argentinean immigrant parents. At age 9, Natalia began volunteering at Adelante, her mother’s previous place of employment as a way of connecting with other Latinos. For the past two years, Natalia has been an active volunteer at El Centro de la Mujer, a center founded by her mother Claudia and dedicated to empowering Latino women.

Latino/Latina Adult Leadership: Sesario Duran

Sesario Duran spent his youth as a migrant worker, tending farmland in Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio,and Oklahoma. His family went on to purchase land in Swanton and started a small-scale farm. After graduating high school, Sesario went on to serve in the United States Army, and then earned degrees from DeVry Technical Institute in Chicago and the University of Toledo. In the 1960s, he played a pivotal role in forming and shaping the Farm Labor Organizing Committee. Currently, he manages the Campaign for Migrant Worker Justice (CMWJ) Worker Center and advocates for migrants and immigrants.

Latino/Latina Adult Professional: Arturo Quintero

Honored U.S. Marine veteran Arturo Quintero received three Purple Hearts, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Combat Action Ribbon, and many assorted service ribbons for his two tours in Vietnam. He then obtained a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo. Throughout his accomplished career, he has served as managing attorney for ABLE, executive director for the Toledo Family Health Center, and associate CEO for Northwest Psychiatric Hospital. He also served as executive officer to the Toledo mayor, commissioner of Special Projects, and is currently an assistant prosecutor for Toledo.

The Sofia Quintero Arts and Cultural Center is named after Arturo’s late first wife, Sofia Alfaro Quintero. Sofia was the first Latina to serve as president of the Toledo Board of Education. Together, with his current wife, Gail Quintero, Arturo devotes much of his free time volunteering for the Quintero Center, where he serves as president of the board.

To celebrate the profound and lasting influence that Latinos have on American history, values, and culture, the Diamante (diamond in Spanish) Awards were founded in 1989 by IMAGE of Northwest Ohio, a local Latino advocacy group. The awards recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievements and service to Latinos. In 2003, the Diamante Latino Scholars Campaign was added into the awards celebration, a one-of-a-kind student scholarship fund sponsored by Bowling Green State University, Herzing University, Lourdes University, Owens Community College, and the University of Toledo. To date, the Diamante Latino Scholars Campaign has contributed approximately $1 million to Latino student scholarships in the region.

For more information about the Diamante Awards, visit

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