2010 CHCI 33rd Annual Awards Gala
CHCI is pleased to announce that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend CHCI’s 33rd Annual Awards Gala
President Barack Obama will address more than 3,000 guests at CHCI's 33rd Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.
CHCI is proud to announce Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will participate in CHCI's 33rd Annual Awards Gala festivities in Washington, D.C. on September 15, 2010.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to give remarks at CHCI's 33rd Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 15, 2010. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will attend the Chair's Private Reception prior to the Awards Gala, also at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Grammy-nominated recording artist and drumming legend Sheila E. featuring the E Family will headline the entertainment at CHCI's 33rd Annual Awards Gala. Sheila E. has been performing for close to four decades and her 1984 single "The Glamorous Life" was nominated for an American Music Award and a Grammy Award.
Former Kumbia Kings member and Latin pop sensation Irving "Pee Wee" Salinas will open the evening's program with a new single before performing the national anthem.
MEDALLION OF EXCELLENCE HONOREES
Activist, actress, philanthropist, and "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria Parker is the founder of EVA's HEROES, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of those with developmental challenges by providing an exclusive setting built on the four tenets of interact, grow, learn, and love. In addition, she is the national spokesperson for PADRES CONTRA el CANCER, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families. Together with her husband Tony Parker, Longoria Parker has also taken an active role in MAKE-A-WISH France, an organization that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. In addition to the many charities that Longoria Parker supports, she has also started The Eva Longoria Fund where she raises money, not only for her personal charities, but also to support causes all over the world. She is also an executive producer and host for the National Council of La Raza ALMA Awards, and is producing her first documentary HARVEST which focuses on the plight of the estimated 500,000 child farm workers, whose tireless efforts help feed America. Longoria Parker is involved with the United Farm Workers, the Dolores Huerta Foundation, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Bexer County Fine Arts Board, the Cesar Chaves Foundation, and was most recently selected by Speaker Pelosi for the National Museum of the American Latino Commission. Longoria Parker owns BESO restaurants, a fragrance line, "EVA by Eva Longoria," her own production company, UnbeliEVAble Productions, and an eco-friendly development firm in Portland, The GreenVille Project. Longoria Parker is also currently filming the feature film "Cristiada" in Mexico with Andy Garcia.
"I am truly honored to be recognized by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute with the 2010 Medallion of Excellence," said Longoria Parker. "I am humbled to receive this award from CHCI that places me among a distinguished list of past honorees that have been acknowledged for their leadership in improving our community and our society as a whole. My philanthropy is very important to me and I will continue to support essential causes that need my voice."
Arturo Sandoval is one of the most dynamic and vivacious musicians of our time, winning five Grammy Awards (nominated 10 times), six Billboard Awards, and an Emmy Award. Sandoval was a founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group Irakere, whose explosive mixture of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music caused a sensation throughout the entertainment world. He works nationally and abroad with university and institution music departments offering scholarships, exercise books, clinics and seminars, and works with the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences educational program.
"It is a great privilege and I feel overwhelmed to receive such a distinguished award," said Sandoval. "It is a wonderful honor and I feel very humbled. I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart."
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning actor, and a Grammy and Tony Award-winning composer. He is best known for writing and starring in the Broadway musical In the Heights, which opened on Broadway in 2008, and was a Pulitzer Finalist in 2009. Miranda also received the Medal of Honor from the National Arts Club in 2008. For two years, Miranda has been a part of the NYC Just Ask The Locals campaign, promoting travel to upper-Manhattan neighborhoods throughout the world. Miranda has also been actively involved with several national outreach organizations including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, The Woodhull Medical Center's Latina Suicide Prevention Program and DKMS Americas, an organization which recruits bone marrow donors for leukemia patients. He has been a supporter and volunteer for the Hispanic Federation for the past decade.
"I am sincerely grateful to be honored by Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, an organization that helps young Latinos achieve their dreams, and to Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez for being an inspiration to us all," said Miranda. "As our community increasingly gains power and influence, we must continue to give back and seek to inspire the next generation of Latino leadership."
Soledad O'Brien, CNN anchor and special correspondent, will serve as celebrity host of the event. O'Brien is a 2009 recipient of the CHCI Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service. She has reported breaking news from around the globe and award-winning, celebrated documentaries on the most important stories and issues facing the world today. O'Brien joined CNN in 2003 and has reported breaking news from around the globe and award-winning, celebrated documentaries on the most important stories and issues facing the world today. Last October CNN aired O'Brien's groundbreaking documentary series, Latino in America, exploring the cultural contributions and impact of Latinos. Her documentary, Rescued, about orphans in Haiti recently aired May 8th.
ANNUAL AWARDS GALA
CHCI's 33rd Annual Awards Gala will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on September 15, 2010, and is the largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic bipartisan, public and private sector leaders in the nation. Join national leaders, elected officials, corporate executives, educators, and entertainers as we gather to celebrate the achievements of the Latino community. As the hallmark event of Hispanic Heritage Month, the evening provides supporters and friends of CHCI an opportunity to network while honoring the annual Chair's Award(s) and the CHCI Medallion of Excellence honorees.