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Roger Montoya Races To CNN Hero 2019 Finish Line

on December 4, 2019 - 8:00am

Roger Montoya of Moving Arts Espanola is a top 10 finalist for CNN Hero of the Year 2019. Courtesy/MAE 

CNN Hero of the Year 2019 Roger Montoya said, ‘when we lift just one child, we all rise’. Courtesy/MAE


MAE News:
ESPANOLA  Roger Montoya, founder of Moving Arts Espanola, is a top 10 finalist for CNN Hero of the Year 2019. 
The community is invited to a gathering Sunday, Dec. 8 at Buffalo Thunder to find out if he is the winner. The winner receives $100,000 to continue their work.
A live broadcast of the Anderson Cooper All Star Tribute Hero of the Year will be shown from New York City. Montoya will be in NYC and will send a streamed message just before the show. Montoya said that he believes “when we lift just one child, we all rise”.
Prior to the screening, Buffalo Thunder will host a free watch party for 1,000 guests in the ballroom. The party includes light food, a cash bar and dance and music performances provided by the youth of Northern New Mexico. The youth showcase pre-show will celebrate many local rising stars in leadership, the arts, academics and sports.
The party and pre-show start at 4:30 p.m. Confirmed line-up of the pre-show includes: Moving Arts Espanola, New Mexico School for the Arts, regional basketball and cheer squads from Pojoaque, Espanola and McCurdy schools, Espanola YMCA Teen Center Robotics Champions and Espanola’s favorite musical stylings by ‘Grupo Divino’.

The live broadcast begins at 6 p.m. for CNN Hero of the Year.