Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

WHITE PLAINS – El Centro Hispano, a pioneer in meeting the needs of Westchester’s ever increasing Hispanic population, will honor two renowned community partners at the Celebrating Autumn with El Centro Hispano Dinner Dance at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains.

Cabanillas & Assoc., Formé Medical Center to be Honored

Chris Cabanillas

More than 400 distinguished guests including civic leaders and supporters of the non-profit will be on hand at the elegant cocktail attire event to celebrate Cabanillas & Associates, P.C, a legal firm and Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care, a healthcare facility, both based in White Plains.

Accepting the honors on behalf of their firms will be Christopher R. Cabanillas, Founder and Principal of Cabanillas & Associates; Gina Cappelli, Founder and President of Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care and Maria M. Trusa, Chief Executive Officer of Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care.

Isabel E. Villar, founding Executive Director of El Centro Hispano which is celebrating its 43rd anniversary, said that the contributions to the Hispanic community of this year’s honorees will be recognized for the “positive, long-term impact they have been making in the lives of individuals and families.”

She noted that Mr. Cabanillas, a son of Hispanic immigrants, has not only been a strong voice and effective advocate for the immigrant community but “he has devoted his energies in supporting El Centro Hispano’s signature Scholarship Program awarded each year to promising, hard-working students,” adding: “For the past three years, Christopher and his associates have generously hosted our graduation ceremony for high school scholarship and college mentor scholarship recipients.  By recognizing these young and aspiring people in such a special and visible way, he is helping to fulfill our mission of encouraging and fostering tomorrow’s Latino leaders.”

Ms. Villar noted that Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care, under the leadership of Mses. Cappelli and Trusa, will be recognized for its long-time commitment to providing affordable, dignified and high-quality healthcare regardless of culture and economic background, especially the innovative Formé Medical Membership program. Launched in March 2016, for just $1 per day, it enables non-insured members to have access to quality healthcare providers at the urgent care facility as well as physical therapy services.

“Unquestionably, this is one very valuable and deeply appreciated service for Westchester’s uninsured population,” Ms. Villar explained. “We are very pleased to express our deepest appreciation to Gina, Maria and their team of medical specialists and support staff for helping to address the health and wellness needs of our community.”

The co-chairs of this year’s dinner dance committee are Kim Nichols, M.D.  and The Cappelli Family.

Tony Sanchez, celebrity host of New York City radio station La Mega, 97.9, will serve as the master of ceremonies and entertainment will be provided by the Bambo Blue International Band.

Guests will have an opportunity to fund the non-profit by participating in a live auction.

Tickets for Celebrating Autumn with El Centro Hispano—range from $185 per person to $15,000 for a table of 10.  To purchase tickets or to make a donation, visit www.elcentrohispano.org or call (914) 289-0500 after 12 noon, Monday through Friday.




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