Visionary Flora Montes is a proud Latina from the South Bronx whose entrepreneurial, philanthropic, and artistic endeavors make her a force to be reckoned with.

She is the Founder of Bronx Fashion Week and culinary school graduate; a published poet who has performed and produced shows for the famed Nuyorican Poet's Café and other NYC venues. Flora serves on the Bronx Museum of The Arts’ Community Advisory Board and the Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society. in the Bronx.

Flora’s rise from the adversity of her less than ideal childhood has inspired her dreams to change the world. She uses her artistic abilities to inspire and support vulnerable communities such as homeless children and victims of domestic violence. Her generosity and vibrant spirit have garnered her many awards and commendations. Some of her accolades include being named One of the 25 most influential woman in NYC by the Bronx Times; being hailed as a South Bronx ambassador of culture by the NY Times and a Gamechanger Entrepreneur by Lord & Taylors Wacoal America; as well as recognition from local and city government officials like Councilman Andy King and Mayor Bill de Blasio for her efforts in leading Bronx Fashion Week.


I had the pleasure of meeting John Rivera through a job search on a telephone call which turned into a 2-hour conversation about our lives and the loss of a child since I too had experienced that loss & while it was through different means the pain of losing a child is one and the same. I can honestly say an instant genuine friendship formed, I saw first hand his passion to honor his son's memory and the determination to find a cure for DIPG and I knew in my heart that I had to help not only because everything happens for a reason but because I believe that our meeting was meant to be for a greater purpose. I also saw first hand when I volunteered at the gala in 2017 the hard work that goes behind the Cristian Rivera Foundation and the love and compassion that goes behind assisting these parents dealing with this deadly disease and in some way, my daughter would be smiling from heaven in complete agreement as it is my mission to honor her also through my actions.

Thank you honored..