Sebastien De La Cruz and UTPA Mariachi Aztlán to Perform at CHCI’s 36th Annual Awards Gala

CHCI is honored to have 11 year-old Sebastien De La Cruz – the “golden cowboy” and award-winning University of Texas-Pan American’s (UTPA) Mariachi Aztlán perform during this year’s 36th Annual Awards Gala, on October 2 in Washington, D.C. Young Sebastien first captivated our hearts in 2012 with his appearance on the highly televised show "America's Got Talent", then again when he made national headlines after singing the National Anthem at games three and four of the NBA Finals. This year, he will be singing the U.S. National Anthem to our Gala guests. Following the anthem, audiences will be treated to the sonorous melodies of award-winning UTPA Mariachi Aztlán. Since 1989, the UTPA mariachi program has promoted Mexican folk music and culture. Its growing reputation as one of the country’s top non-professional groups granted them the opportunity to perform for President Barack Obama in 2010.

The evening’s festivities will include the presentation of the CHCI Medallion of Excellence awards to actor, director, and producer Salma Hayek Pinault, and Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. The CHCI Chair's Medallion Award will be presented to Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, Chancellor of the University of Texas System. To top it all off, Emmy Award winning Telemundo journalist, Jose Díaz-Balart, will serve as celebrity host for the gala awards ceremony.

Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available

CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month Events remain our most important source of program funding. Sponsor opportunities exist for any size budget and demonstrate your company’s commitment to Developing the Next Generation of Latino Leaders®, while providing great visibility for your company and excellent networking opportunities for your guests.

For more information, contact Gretchen Class at (202) 548-5865 or

Look Who's Coming to CHCI's HHM Events

CHCI Chair Rep. Rubén Hinojosa
Hon. Shaun Donovan, HUD Secretary
Sen. Michael Bennet
Sen. Richard Durbin
Sen. John McCain
Sen. Robert Menendez
Sen. Charles Schumer
Rep. Xavier Becerra
Rep. Tony Cardenas
Rep. Joaquin Castro
Rep. Judy Chu
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
Rep. Donna Edwards
Rep. Marcia Fudge
Rep. Pete Gallego
Rep. Joe Garcia
Rep. Raul Grijalva
Rep. Luis Gutierrez
Rep. Zoe Lofgren
Rep. Ben Ray Luján
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
Rep. Grace Napolitano
Rep. Pedro Pierluisi
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
Rep. Raul Ruiz
Rep. Linda Sanchez
Rep. Loretta Sanchez
Rep. José Serrano
Rep. Albio Sires
Rep. John Yarmuth
Rep. Nydia Velazquez

Important Dates

All events will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

September 30-October 1 
Public Policy Conference

September 30
Ready to Lead (R2L) 

October 1
13th Annual Reyes of Comedy

October 2
CHCI 36th Annual Awards Gala

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