GFDD/Funglode Receives Recognition for Its Work with the Dominican Community in New York

February 20, 2015

Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and its sister institution in the Dominican Republic, Fundación Global Desarrollo y Democracia (Funglode), received an award at the 5th edition of the Herencia Dominicana (Dominican Heritage), where the institution was recognized for its work with the Dominican community in New York. The event was held on February 19 at the Marina del Rey in the Bronx, New York.

Yamile Eusebio,
Director of GFDD office in New York, which received the award on behalf of the organization, stressed that "we work to strengthen the link between the Dominican community in the United States and the Dominican Republic, to narrow the distance, by offering our community a variety of initiatives that raise the pride of Dominicans and allow us to maintain closeness to our roots”.

GFDD took the opportunity to present a sample of the photographic exhibition of the book New Perspectives: Dominican Republic. The photos displayed allowed attendees to know in detail the beautiful landscapes of the Dominican Republic.

The gathering included various performances; including representations of Dominican dances as well as the musical
interpretation of bachata and merengue. The event, organized by the Board of Directors of the Gran Parada Dominicana del Bronx, was headed by its Director, Felipe Febles and Vice Director, Rosa Ayala.

During the event the work of various personalities who have contributed to the development of Dominican heritage was recognized as well. Among the honorees where: Architect Eduardo Selman, General Consul of the Dominican Republic; Jay Hershenson, Senior
Vice Chancellor and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY); Ramona Hernández, of the City University of New York (CUNY); Juan Villar, Principal of Gregorio Luperon School; Endy Rodriguez of Noticiero Telemundo and Merijoel Durán of Univision, among others.

The Herencia Dominicana awards were instituted five years ago and are part of the celebrations held to honor the work that public figures and institutions are doing in favor of the
Dominican community in the United States and the world.