Rosario Dawson To Receive An NCLR Alma Award Honor for New ‘Outstanding Commitment to Cause & Community’

Dawson will be recognized for her outstanding commitment to community advocacy as a Board of Directors member for The Lower Eastside Girls Club and her activism through Voto Latino


Sonia Alcantara – member of The Lower Eastside Girls Club – will introduce and present Award to Dawson


New York – Actress and activist Rosario Dawson, will receive the “Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community” honor at the 2013 NCLR ALMA Awards® ceremony.  The show will broadcast LIVE on MSNBC as a one-hour televised prime-time special on Friday, September 27,2 013, at 10:00 ET/7:00 PT. Dawson will be recognized for her distinguished activism for the country’s Latino community through her work for The Lower Eastside Girls Club and Voto Latino.

As a native New Yorker who was raised in a tenement in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Dawson has dedicated her time and efforts to serve as a role model and inspiration to young people via her tireless support for The Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City and her steadfast commitment to social issues in her role as co-founder of Voto Latino. Sonia Alcantara, member of The Lower Eastside Girls Club will attend The 2013 ALMA Awards, introduce and present Dawson with the “Outstanding Commitment to Cause and Community” award. Alcantara, like Dawson, grew up in New York’s Lower East side and because of Dawson was inspired to strive for greatness and contribute to her community. Alcantara is currently enrolled in college.

“Rosario is a real-life inspiration and role  model to other young people and members of The Lower Eastside Girls Club — who like her – grew up in a humble home, and with the determination to succeed and give back to the community that gave her so much,” said Lyn Pentecost, Executive Director of The Lower Eastside Girls Club. “Tonight is a great night for Rosario and everyone at The Lower Eastside Girls Club joins the chorus of voices in congratulating Rosario for her courage and fortitude and raising awareness about the issues of importance to young people and the Hispanic community. We are all very proud of Rosario!”

About the Lower Eastside Girls Club

The Lower Eastside Girls Club was founded in 1996 to address the historic lack of services available to girls and young women on the Lower East Side.  Girls Club programs fall into three overlapping categories that work to build ethical, entrepreneurial and environmental awareness and leadership. Through an ever changing and age appropriate menu of activities and workshops in the arts, science and technology, health and wellness, literacy, world of work and civic engagement, the organization helps girls discover their individual skills and passions. The Lower Eastside Girls Club, which will be opening the Celebrate Café training program and community café in early 2014, also runs several social venture businesses: The Art+Community Gallery, La Tiendita Fair Trade and Girl Made Gift Shop at the Essex Market, and the Sweet Things Bake Shop.  For more information about the LESGC, please visit or follow on Facebook and on Twitter.

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Elia Esparza is a leading expert in communications and journalism targeting the burgeoning Hispanic market and has produced and written dozens of articles. President and CEO of Always Evolving PR and a Communications Specialist, Elia, incorporates her 18 years experience in the areas of entertainment and education public relations, and marketing. promotions, market research and translations (Eng/Span).