Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced today that Alfredo Thiebaud, a longtime borough business leader and philanthropist and the founder of Delicioso Coco Helado, would be posthumously inducted into the 2015 Bronx Walk of Fame.
“Alfredo was a friend, and he was someone the people of The Bronx could always count on for support. He created thousands of jobs during his career, and his business has become synonymous with summer in New York City. Honoring him with induction to the Bronx Walk of Fame is a special way for my office, and for the people of The Bronx, to honor his accomplishments and pay respects to his memory,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Mr. Thiebaud, who passed away following a tragic work accident in September 2014, founded Delicioso Coco Helado from his South Bronx apartment in 1967. Over the years the company grew to employ hundreds of individuals at any given time. His pushcarts became a summer staple in New York City, supplying kids of all ages with a tasty treat during the hottest months from a selection of dozens of flavors—including the coconut ice that made his company famous.
Mr. Thiebaud was also a well-known Bronx business leader and philanthropist, and was well known for his support of Little Leagues, youth groups and other community organizations.
Mr. Thiebaud will be officially inducted to the Bronx Walk of Fame as part of the 44th annual Bronx Week, a program of The Bronx Tourism Council. Bronx Week is an annual highly-anticipated 11-day event where the entire borough, including government, business, and the community-at-large, come together to celebrate “The Best of The Bronx” through festivals, concerts, health fairs, parades, performances and a host of other activities.
Bronx Week 2015 will take place from May 7-17. At the end of the 11-day celebration, our hometown heroes like Mr. Thiebaud are honored with induction into the Bronx Walk of Fame, where their names are emblazoned on a street sign to reside on the historic Grand Concourse forever.
For more information about Bronx Week 2015, visit ilovethebronx.com.