We are very proud to recognize Fernando Rodriguez with the President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Just a short while ago Diversity Richmond received a grant from the Laughing Gull Foundation to support intentional outreach to the Latinx community. We called Fernando who quickly said yes to chairing the event. The result was the hugely successful “ViVaRVA! Hispanic Music Festival,” which drew hundreds of people to Diversity Richmond.
The weekend prior, Fernando coordinated an awards ceremony for significant LGBTQ leadership in the Hispanic community. Both events joined countless numbers of people who had never connected with Diversity Richmond before.
Prior to the music festival, Fernando provided beautiful graphics, designs and guidance in the orchestration of our award- winning “Black and Bold Awards,” recognizing outstanding leadership of Black LGBTQ people. “Fernando is a dream volunteer who I wish I could clone,” shared Bill Harrison. “He sets a high standard for himself and strives for excellence which makes all of us look good. We are very pleased to recognize him with this award and in some small way share our deep appreciation for him”