Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, economic development coordinator for the City of Doral, one of the four leaders to be recognized.

Four leaders will be recognized for their dedication to the South Florida community during ‘Noche de Honor’, the kick-off reception to the 6th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Presented by TACA Airlines at Miami International Mall, on Fri., Oct. 1 at 6 p.m.

One nominee will be chosen as the recipient of the coveted Noche de Honor award and will join some of South Florida’s most celebrated leaders as the third individual to receive this award.

Nominees for the 2010 Noche de Honor award include:

Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, economic development coordinator for the City of Doral

Dr. Alejandro Badia, M.D., F.A.C.S., Badia Hand to Shoulder Center

Raul Pino, general manager at Marriott’s Villas at Doral

Ana Maria Rodriguez, director of government and community relations for Baptist Health South Florida ‘

“Miami International Mall is thrilled to recognize these outstanding leaders as part of the 6th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, our biggest community event of the year,” said Maria Prado, mall manager, Miami International Mall. “It’s not everyday that individuals are recognized for their efforts in making the communities in which they live and do business a better place, but this year’s nominees truly exemplify what it means to be a Hispanic role model.”

The recognition will take place at the ‘Noche de Honor’ VIP cocktail reception, a special fundraising event featuring a high energy fashion show and a taste of the nations with authentic cuisine from  The Knife Restaurant, Patacon, Mondongos, Braseros, Los Olivos, Mrs. Mendoza, Le Café Limoge, Cali Caracas, Cao Chocolote and Polar Beer. Tickets are $35 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the League Against Cancer (La Liga Contra el Cáncer), a not-for-profit organization that provides free medical care for all cancer patients in need, and the Simon Youth Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that helps at risk children in communities with a Simon Mall to earn a high school diploma and scholarships for college.

The celebration will continue on Sat., Oct. 2 and Sun., Oct. 3 with family-friendly activities, country exhibits, arts and flag displays and more from 12 noon to 5 p.m. each day. Together with the City of Doral, attendees will enjoy authentic folkloric music and dance performances and a high-energy fashion show featuring the latest fall looks from Miami International Mall’s most popular retailers on Sat., while on Sun., a ‘Parade of Native Dresses,’ which will showcase traditional outfits from South American, Central America and the Caribbean, will wind its way through the mall.

Sponsors of the 6th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Presented by TACA Airlines include Telemundo 51, El Nuevo Herald, the City of Doral, the Doral Business Council, Leon Medical Centers, Miami-Dade County, Baptist Health, the Doral Golf Resort and Meza Azul.

For additional information, including sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets for ‘Noche de Honor’, contact Llessir Mendoza at (305) 593-1775  or