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The Honorable Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor and
The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
to Receive Chair’s Award on September 14

Share a Table with Your Colleagues to Celebrate These Individuals 

Honoring two prominent careers in public service and their lifelong dedication to improving the lives of all Americans, CHCI Chair Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez has announced his selection for the 2011 Chair’s Award—Secs. Hilda L.Solis and Ken Salazar. 

This prestigious award, along with the Medallions of Excellence, will be presented at CHCI’s 34th Annual Awards Gala on September 14 in Washington, D.C.

“The 34th Annual Awards Gala honors Latinos who have had groundbreaking careers and whose leadership is demonstrated by their commitment to giving back to the community,” said CHCI Chair Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez.  “This year’s theme recognizes the importance of the Hispanic community uniting to fully embrace its growing clout in all facets of society and taking active leadership roles to ensure the future success of America.”

2011 Chair's Award-Hilda Solis 

The Honorable Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor

With passions that extend from affordable healthcare and stronger, working families to protecting the environment and promoting clean energy jobs, Secretary Hilda L. Solis has been serving the public since 1985.  Her most recent position as U.S. Secretary of Labor—a position she’s held since 2009—marks the culmination of a career that has been dedicated to improving the lives of others, especially Latinos. 

Solis was the first Latina elected to the California State Senate, and while in that position, she served as chairwoman of the California Senate Industrial Relations Committee where she led the 1996 battle to increase the state's minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.75 an hour.  She also authored a record 17 state laws aimed at combating domestic violence.


The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Secretary Ken Salazar has spent much of his career protecting America’s natural resources and beautiful spaces.  A fifth-generation Coloradan, Salazar's family settled in the American West before the United States was even a country.  Raised on a remote ranch that Salazar’s family farmed and ranched for nearly 125 years, Salazar grew up without electricity or a telephone and learned the values of hard work, family, and faith, while gaining a deep appreciation for the land.

Salazar has also spent his life serving the public through various elected positions.  Prior to being confirmed as the 50th secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior on January 20, 2009, Salazar served as Colorado’s 35th U.S. Senator.  He served on the Finance Committee, which oversees the nation's tax, trade, social-security, and health-care systems.  


2011 Chair's Award-Ken Salazar

CHCI’s Annual Awards Gala is the signature event in CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month Events that include the Public Policy Conference and Reyes of Comedy. It is the largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic bipartisan, public and private sector leaders in the nation.  The evening’s festivities include musical entertainment, remarks by figures of national prominence, and recognition of CHCI's highest honors, while supporting CHCI’s critical educational attainment and leadership development programs.

Once again, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have been invited to attend.  For the past three years, the President has addressed nearly 3,000 guests at the Gala.

Purchase your table or ticket today and plan to join CHCI in honoring its Chair’s Award Honorees:  Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. 


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.



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