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Vikki Carr and José Hernández to be Honored
with Medallions of Excellence on September 14

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Renowned singer and philanthropist Vikki Carr and former NASA astronaut José Hernández will receive CHCI's 2011 Medallions of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service at CHCI’s 34th Annual Awards Gala on September 14 in Washington, D.C.

This year's Hispanic Heritage Month theme is “Keeping the Promise:  Unity, Strength, Leadership.”  The CHCI Gala is the pinnacle celebration of the outstanding accomplishments made by Latinos who have not only succeeded in their individual careers, but that also serve as positive role models and empower Latino youth.  All events support CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs.


Legendary Latin Vocalist Vikki Carr

Three-time GRAMMY® winner and legendary star of the stage and screen Vikki Carr has captivated audiences nationally and abroad for over 50 years with her melodic voice.  The El Paso, Texas, native has performed for the Queen of England, five U.S. Presidents, and U.S. troops in Vietnam.

Respected as an artist and humanitarian, Carr’s commitment to education and leadership development for Latino youth extends throughout her career.  She established the Vikki Carr Scholarship Foundation in 1971, which offers scholarships to Latino students in California and Texas to pursue their dreams of a college education.  To date, the foundation has awarded more than 280 scholarships totaling over $25 million.  


NASA Astronaut José Hernández

Engineer and astronaut José Hernández has been a lifelong advocate of Latino youth pursuing their dreams and offers his own success story as evidence that hard work and education offer lasting rewards. 

Hernández, who was a field laborer as a child, was the first person to use Spanish language in space through his tweets during the 2009 Space Shuttle mission STS-128.  He founded the Reaching for the Stars Foundation to provide scholarships to students pursuing careers in science and engineering.  His foundation mirrors the assistance he received as a student through the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program, which helps students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds attain degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields. 



Emmy®-award winning journalist and veteran Univision anchor Teresa Rodriguez will serve as the Gala’s celebrity host. She is the first woman ever to host a national primetime Spanish-language newscast and attendees will be charmed as she hosts the evening’s festivities.

Purchase your table or ticket today and plan to join CHCI in honoring its Medallion of Excellence Honorees Vikki Carr and José Hernández, in support of CHCI's mission to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. 

Exclusive sponsorship opportunities are also available! Act now and be part of CHCI’s landmark Hispanic Heritage Month events.


Keeping the Promise is a five-year campaign to raise $43 million to strengthen and expand the reach and scope of our high school college readiness program, annual scholarships and other college attainment efforts, and professional development programs, including internships and fellowships.

Our programs draw from a national group of young Latinos and provide the financial support, resources, and direct work experience on Capitol Hill to develop a pipeline of highly talented young Latino Leaders. 

You can help CHCI succeed in its mission in any of the following ways:

1. Purchase a table at the CHCI 34th Annual Awards Gala. Invite your colleagues to a premier evening of networking and award-winning entertainment, while supporting CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs. The Annual Awards Gala is the signature event of CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month Events.

2. Purchase two gala tickets and donate them to CHCI to allow emerging Latino leaders the opportunity to experience this signature Hispanic Heritage Month Event.


However you choose to direct your support, your contribution will make a critical difference in preparing the next generation of Latino leaders and in building the nation’s competitive edge globally.

CHCI is tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. All grants and contributions to CHCI are tax deductible to the extent permitted by federal law.

Important Dates

September 11-13
Public Policy Conference
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

September 12
Ready to Lead (R2L)
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

September 13
11th Annual Reyes of Comedy
Warner Theatre
Washington, D.C.

September 14
34th Annual Awards Gala
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.



Opportunities to Sponsor 2011 HHM Events

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