Spring Gala

Gala Purpose:

The purpose of Círculo de la Hispanidad’s Spring Gala is to raise funds to support agency programming and its Scholarship Fund.  Over twenty different programs and services are provided to children, youth, individuals and families through six central service areas including: Education & Career Services, Health, Housing, Crisis Intervention Programs, Violence Prevention and Youth Development. Services are offered out of three different office locations, including two in Hempstead and one in Long Beach, New York.  Círculo’s Scholarship Fund has provided Hispanic high school graduates with financial support in their pursuit of higher education.  Círculo has provided scholarships since its inception in 1980, helping youth to realize their dream to attend college.  The agency has distributed close to $400,000 for this purpose.


Gala History:

Círculo initiated its Spring Gala in 2000, as the agency’s main fundraising event to support programming and scholarships.  However the history of Círculo’s fundraising efforts began in 1981 through its Annual Summer Hispanic Festivals.    These festivals featured musical artists from different countries, ethnic food, folkloric dance, and art.  Círculo also sponsored several mega-festivals including one at Nassau Beach, in Lido, New York, featuring artists such as Marc Antony, Enrique Iglesias and others.  Funds raised were also used to support Círculo’s dream of having its own Center.  This dream was finally realized in 2010 with the inauguration of Círculo’s “Green Center”, in Hempstead, New York, a 35,000 square foot facility.

This year we are excited to honor the following individuals at our 2019 Spring Gala

  • Angel Cepeda, President, Blue Mountain Consulting Group Inc.
  • Néstor Chopin, CPA, President, Néstor Chopin, CPA, PLLC.
  • Robbie Donno, Founder & Director, Gift of Life, International.
  • Anthony Mirando, Vice President, Triple Crown Foods Inc.
  • Frank L. Regnante, Co-Founder, Gift of Life, Inc.
  • Veronica Renta Irwin, Esq., Partner, Irwin & Streiner, LLC.
  • Luis Valenzuela, Ph.D., Long Island Region Advocate, Healthcare Education Project 1199 SEIU & GNYHA


Circulo de la Hispanidad is grateful to its sponsors who help make the Gala successful year after year.  Your sponsorship gift is one that keeps giving and giving.  With your help Círculo de la Hispanidad continues to serve vulnerable populations, helping to improve the lives of individuals and families as they move towards greater stability.  Also with your assistance Círculo supports youth scholarships for young students are pursuing their education at the university level or in qualified vocational programs.  When you give the gift of sponsorship, you become part of a greater whole, doing good by helping to transcend barriers and touch lives.

To become a Sponsor

Círculo de la Hispanidad welcomes the support of sponsors.  We offer sponsorship packages at many levels.  As a 501 (c) (3) organization, your donation is entitled to tax exemption to the extent of the law.

 How can you support us?

  1. By purchasing a ticket and attending the Gala: Click HERE to download order form
  2. By purchasing Journal Ads: Click HERE to download order form
  3. By donating items for the Raffle;
  4. By sponsoring a student for $500, $1,000 or 1,500 or any other amount.
  5. If you cannot attend, you can make your tax-deductible donation at Círculo’s website http://cdlh.org/donate/ using Paypal.

Círculo de la Hispanidad's 39th Anniversary Spring Gala

Planning Committee Members

Mr. Charles Bergman Jr., Sales Manager, Beyond Green

Mr. Rodolfo (Rudy) Cano, Community Relations Specialist Nassau County, Fidelis Care

Mr. Angel Cepeda, President, Blue Mountain Consulting Group, Inc.

Mrs. Candice Cepeda, Speech Language Pathologist, Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Ms. Lea Cipriano, Paralegal,  Irwin & Streiner, LLC

Mr. Peter Chaitkin, Field Sales Specialist, Sunrun

Mr. Néstor Chopin, CPA, President, Nestor Chopin, CPA, PLLC

Ms. Anahi DeCanio, President, NAHREP

Ms. Lia Di Angelo -Allan, Executive Floral Designer, Westbury Floral Designs

Mr. Louis Diez, Realtor, Exit Realty United

Mr. Robbie Donno, Founder/Director, Gift of Life International

Mr. Luis Figueroa, Former Deputy Mayor, Village of Hempstead

Ms. Aviva Franz, Honoree Supporter, Anthony Mirando

Mr. Anthony García, Lead Political Organizer for Long Island, 1199SEIU-UHWE

Ms. Norma Giler, Group Director-Senior Vice President, Signature Bank

Mr. Steven Gillen, President,   Taprogge America Corporation

Ms. Blanca Leonor González, School Aide Coordinator, Evergreen Charter School

Mrs. Nancy Iglesias, President / Owner, N Studios, Ltd

Ms. Lilliana Kayali, Accountant, Liliana Kayali- Accounting Services

Ms. Lisett M. Knox, Director of Finance & Operations, Evergreen Charter School

Ms. Karina Labanda, Founder and Director, Hispano America News

Ms. Karin Lemon, Paralegal, Irwin & Streiner, LLC

Mr. Luis López, Vice President, Labor Council of Latin American Advancement

Mr. Jack M. Martins, Partner, Harris Beach PLLC

Mr. Hector Martínez , Treasurer,  Círculo Board of Directors

Ms. Maggie Martínez Malito, MMM Development Strategies.

Mr. Louis Medina, LMSW, President, National Association of Puerto Rican/ Hispanic Social Workers

Mr. Anthony Mirando, Vice President, Triple Crown Foods/ Ace Endico

Mrs. Nina L. Mirando, Honoree Supporter, Anthony Mirando

Ms. Margie Ottaviano, Honoree Supporter, Anthony Mirando

Mr. Joshua Poveda, Director of Hospitality & Culinary Ser., Círculo de la Hispanidad

Mr. Frank Regnante, Co-Founder, Gift of Life Inc.

Ms. Griselda Renta, Honoree Supporter, Veronica Renta Irwin

Mrs. Veronica Renta Irwin, Esq., Partner,  Irwin & Streiner, LLC

Ms. Elizabeth Sabatiele, Bookkeeper, Nestor Chopin, CPA, PLLC

Mr. Henry Salgado, Out Coordinator, Office of N.Y. Senator Kevin Thomas

Dr. Luis Valenzuela, Long Island Region Advocate, Healthcare Education Project 1199 SEOI & GNYHA

Carina Vizhnay, Event Coordinator, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield






You can create the tabs as follows:

Individuals Tickets:

  • Individual tickets cost $ 225 each
  • Purchase a table of ten tickets for $2,250
  • Purchase two tables for a total of twenty tickets for $4,500


Program information for lower part of the site:

That Gala begins at 8:00 pm and ends 1:00 am.   Black tie is optional.

8:00 pm

Cocktail Hour and Hors d’Oeuvres


8:30 pm

Official Pictures with Honorees and Elected Officials


9:00 pm

Program Begins in the Ballroom


10:00 pm

Dinner is Served


12:00 pm

Raffle and Silent Auction Winners announced


1:00 am

Gala Ends


About Us:

Círculo de la Hispanidad is a nonprofit community based organization that has served the Nassau County Long Island community since 1980.

Círculo de la Hispanidad is a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) community-based organization established nearly forty years ago.  It started with one Youth Program and today offers support to thousands of families and children annually in the following areas in Nassau County:


  • Education
  • Housing
  • Youth Programs
  • Summer Camp
  • Cultural Programs
  • Domestic Violence
  • HIV/AIDS Services
  • After School Support
  • Adult Education
  • Recreational Programs