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2018 THHI Hispanic Woman & Hispanic Man of the Year Gala

The Board of Directors of Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of Adri Colina as the 2018 Hispanic Woman of the Year and Tony Morejon as the 2018 Hispanic Man of the Year!!  Gala Oct 13

Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. will honor and recognize Adri Colina and Tony Morejon for their outstanding contributions to our community at the 31st Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. Gala on Saturday,October 13, 6:30 p.m., at the Hilton Tampa Downtown, 211 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, 33602.

To buy tickets to the gala and inquire about sponsorships and corporate tables, visit or contact Aileen Rodriguez, Chair of Gala
Committee; or Roxanna Rodriguez Harst, Co-Chair of Gala Committee.

The Gala is part of the festivities Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. holds during Hispanic Heritage Month,bringing together people in the Tampa Bay area community to celebrate Hispanic heritage and raise funds towards higher education scholarships for deserving Hispanic students.  The Hispanic Woman and Man of the Year Award is a lifetime achievement award that honors Hispanics
who have contributed significantly to the success of our community. These Hispanic women and men have excelled in their endeavors to advance, promote, maintain, and enhance our Hispanic heritage and who, by their outstanding contributions, have improved the quality of life for Hispanics in the Tampa Bay area.

Adriana “Adri” M. Colina was born in 1969 to parents Elsa Ciucio and the late Jack Ciucio, Sr. She is a proud 3rd generation Tampa native, a Tampeña of Sicilian, Spanish and Cuban descent; the ‘Tampa Trifecta’.   She graduated from Leto High School, obtained her AA degree in Liberal Arts from Hillsborough Community College, and her BA degree with honors in Human Resource Management from St. Leo University.  Adri is a 29 year public servant who began her City of Tampa career in 1989 in a clerical position while furthering her education. She has an extensive human resource, communications, public relations and financial background.  In 2015, she joined the City of Tampa’s Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management Department as their
Chief of Administration. She is a licensed State of Florida Real Estate Sales Associate and a Certified Manager of Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems. Today Adri oversees the City of Tampa’s Solid Waste Department’s $148 million budget, communications, public relations and outreach efforts, management of the City’s recycling and environmental programs, Audit & Contracts and Quality Control.

She is the creator, host and producer of ¿Qué Pasa Tampa?, the City of Tampa Television’s Spanish language television program. The program and Adri have been featured on Fox 13’s “What’s Right with Tampa Bay” and recognized by Tampa Bay Times columnist Ernest Hooper. She was also featured in the ‘Silhouettes’ column of La Gaceta.

Adri is a two-term Chairperson of the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Committee, which coordinates an annual celebration honoring City of Tampa Hispanic employees and raises funds towards scholarship endowments at USF and HCC for Latino students. A gifted public speaker, she has served as the guest speaker for the U.S. State Attorney’s Office Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration and was honored by the Latin American Fiesta Association as their 1st Woman of the Year in Community Service. In 2005, Adri became the youngest recipient of the City of Tampa’s Josephine Howard Stafford ‘‘Woman of the Year” award for outstanding commitment to her position and community.  Adri volunteers her time for causes that make a difference in the community. She speaks to Hispanic students at local high schools and motivates them to stay in school and excel. She has participated in events such as Paint Your Heart Out, Clean City Day, and served for many years as the chairperson of the Cuban Club’s participation in Ybor City’s Fiesta Day event.

She has served many community organizations, some of which include the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissions Human Relations Board, American Heart Association Community Board, the Mayor’s Hispanic Heritage Committee, City of Tampa Women’s History Month Committee, Cuban Club/Krewe of Mambi, United Way, Walk for Diabetes, and HCC Ybor Campus Alumni Committee. She has also served as Team Captain for the Susan G. Komen ‘Race for the Cure’ 5K Run/Walk benefiting breast cancer patients and survivors.
Most importantly, Adri is blessed and honored to be the wife of Carlos Colina and mother of two beautiful and talented girls; Jacquelyn and Marisa, and sister to Jack Ciucio, Jr.

Anthony “Tony” Morejon was born in 1958 in the Bronx in New York City to parents Rosa Rocio Morejon and Jose Antonio Morejon, who emigrated from Cuba two years earlier. Tony’s family moved to Tampa, Florida in 1970 and he graduated from Leto High School. Tony obtained his AA degree from Hillsborough Community College where he was later recognized as a distinguished Alumni, and a BA degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Tony began his government career in 1983 with the State of Florida working for the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services. His first assignment was in the Ruskin office and he rode the bus because he couldn’t afford the gas to get there. He met Hillsborough County staff and soon applied for a social worker position with Hillsborough County, where he worked an inner-city office for seven years. In 1994, Tony became Hillsborough County’s Hispanic Affairs Liaison and he continues to serve in this role today. He is responsible for establishing and
maintaining relations between Hillsborough County government and the Hispanic community. He also consults with different agencies on Hispanic issues on behalf of the community.
He is the current host of “Informes Latinos” since 1995, Hillsborough County’s longest running television program and Spanish language program conveying information about Hillsborough County Government and its services. He also serves as co-host for “Vistas” since 1999, an award winning television program dedicated to showcasing Hillsborough County’s Hispanic and Latin influences.

Tony has been honored for his public service with numerous awards, including the Matilda Martinez Garcia Leadership Award (2017), Tampa Hispanic Heritage’s Hispanic Man of the year for Public Service (2001 and 2004), the Hillsborough County Hispanic Man of the Year (1995), and Univision’s Exito de Lo Nuestro (1997).  During his distinguished 35 year career as a public servant, Tony has been instrumental in forging many of the Hispanic initiatives enjoyed today by Hillsborough County Hispanic employees and Hispanic community members.

He started the Hispanic Employee Council and served as council president for seven years, where he fought for employees who were disciplined for speaking Spanish. He was a founding member of the Hillsborough County Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship fund assuring Hispanic students were included in the organization. He was also instrumental in the formation and development of many Hispanic organizations that serve the Hispanic community, including the Latino Coalition, Latino Coalition of Florida, Hispanic Services Council, and Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF). Finally, Tony championed for and conducted the first Spanish language Hurricane and Disaster Seminar in 2004.

Tony has served many community organizations, some of which include L.U.L.A.C. (League of Latin American Citizens), NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials), Love and Hope Foundation, Club ARRIBA, was named Honorary Deputy for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, and is a Graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy.

Most importantly, Tony’s biggest source of pride is his family. He has three sons and is especially proud of his beautiful granddaughters Emmelina and Adalyn, who live here in Tampa.
About Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. (THHI) Established in 1979, THHI is the oldest Hispanic non-profit organization in Tampa Bay whose mission is to promote, preserve, and celebrate Hispanic heritage in Tampa Bay. THHI raises funds for higher education scholarships for deserving Hispanic students. To learn more, visit our website at and like us on Facebook at TampaHispanic.

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