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Zavier Borja's award from Coors Light brings $10,000 to Latino Community Association

COURTESY PHOTO - Board President Zavier Borja wins award of $10,000 for his organization, the Latino Community Association.

Zavier "Zavi" Borja, LCA's board president, was recently selected as one of five Líderes (Leaders) of the Year by Coors Light, a division of the Molson Coors Beverage Company. Borja emerged as a winner in a national nomination process. The company sought individuals of Latino descent, age 21-39, who were active with a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that impacts the Latino community.

In its 16th annual Líderes program, Coors Light is "honoring remarkable Latino leaders who have dedicated their lives to making a long-lasting impact in their communities," the company said in a news release. Each winner takes home a $10,000 grant for their nonprofit organization.

"It's super humbling and exciting to be able to receive funds for the organization!" Borja said in an email.

Borja grew up in Central Oregon. Before joining the LCA board, he worked for several youth organizations. In 2019, he founded a chapter of Latino Outdoors in Central Oregon, and later worked with other organizations to create and run Vámonos (Let's go) Outside. Currently, he works for the City of Bend as a community relations manager.

The other winners are:

Cristina Garcia, Latino Verde, Union City, N.J.

Joan Marie Godoy, The Miami Foundation - Accelerating Social Impact Fund, Miami, Fla.

Maryanne Piña-Frodsham, The Concilio, Dallas, Texas

Ileana Ruiz, Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility (HACR), Chicago

Information provided by the Latino Community Association.

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