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    ‘Sesame Street’s’ Maria to Address Sold-out Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit

    Sonia Manzano, who has played Maria on Sesame Street for more than 30 years, will address a sold-out crowd at Duquesne University’s 5th Annual Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit on Friday.

     

    The Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit honors multicultural students at Duquesne for their academic achievements and leadership abilities. Six students will be honored at this year’s event.

    One of the first Hispanic characters on national television, Manzano is a staunch advocate for education, a best-selling children’s author who has been recognized for her efforts by the Association of Hispanic Arts and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, DC, among others. A member of the Sesame Street writing team, she has won 15 Emmys, and she continues to write scripts for children’s programs and literary ventures.

     

    When: Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m.

     Where: Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University, Forbes Ave. at Chatham Sq., Pittsburgh.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.