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Keeping the Promise of Higher Education for Latinos


CHCI sends a special thanks to all of its partners and supporters for making the 15th Annual Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge a huge success.  CHCI raised more than $230,000 in support of its Scholarship Program for Latino youth. 

CHCI congratulates the Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge contest winners:


1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place
The Coca-Cola Company

Men’s Longest Drive
Pat Gliha, Amgen

Women’s Longest Drive
Rep. Laura Richardson

Men’s Closest to the Pin
Rep. Albio Sires
David Burns, Prudential

Women’s Closest to the Pin
Cristina Antelo, Walmart


Featuring Chi Chi Rodriguez presented by

DATE: Monday, May 2, 2011
LOCATION: The Courses at Andrews Air Force Base, MD
TIME: Shotgun Start 9:00 a.m.  

Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair
Rep. Joe Baca
Rep. Luis Gutierrez
Rep. Ed Pastor
Res. Comm. Pedro Pierluisi
Rep. Silvestre Reyes
Rep. Albio Sires

Lonnie Johnson, Senior Director, Federal Relations, ExxonMobil
Robert Chiappetta, Manager, Government Affairs, Toyota Motor North America
Orson Porter, U.S Director, Government and Public Affairs, Nike
Rudy Beserra, Vice President, Latin Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company 
Chuck Rocha, Communications Workers of America
Omar Vargas, Director, Global Policy and Government Affairs, PepsiCo
Lyndon Boozer, Assistant Vice President, Federal Relations, AT&T 

The Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge raises awareness and supports CHCI’s scholarship program by increasing opportunities for Latino youth to attend and complete higher education.

Each spring, golfers of all skill levels from across the nation join CHCI for its annual Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge held at Andrews Air Force Base’s prestigious courses located in the Washington, DC area.  The Fiesta de Golf Scholarship Challenge, now celebrating its 15th year, provides an opportunity for community and industry leaders to network and have fun while raising money to support CHCI's mission to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. Fiesta de Golf has grown in participation and revenue each year. In 2010, more than $285,000 was raised in support of the program thanks to the contributions of our partners through the tournament.

Since its inception in 2001, CHCI's Scholarship Program has invested nearly $3.3 million in the Latino community, awarding approximately $2.9 million in scholarships to over 1,000 students and distributing $400,000 worth of in-kind computers and software to community college and first year undergraduate scholarship recipients. Last year, applications for scholarships increased from 1,028 to 2,056. Learn more about the Scholarship Program.


Chi Chi Rodriguez presented by TOYOTA
We are thrilled to welcome back renowned World Golf Hall of Famer and humanitarian, Juan “Chi Chi” Rodriguez, who over the past four years has helped us raise more than $800,000 for scholarships. 

Mike "Radar" Reid, Senior PGA Champion 
Professional golfer Mike Reid is nicknamed "Radar" for his outstanding driving accuracy. Born in Bainbridge, Maryland, Mike began golfing after his father introduced him to the game at age five. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1976, the same year he turned professional. Mike won his first PGA Tour title at the 1987 Seiko Tucson Open. The following year, he won the prestigious NEC World Series of Golf. He became eligible to play the Champions Tour in 2004, and in 2005, he claimed his first senior title at the Senior PGA Championship. He won on the Champions Tour again in 2009, joining a distinguished list of players whose first two wins on the Champions Tour were in major championships. 

Steve Haskins
Professional golfer Steve Haskins has been golfing since he was 10 years old. He was active in several sports as a child, but began focusing on golf during high school. While in college at New Mexico State University, Steve was named to the All-American golf team. After turning professional, Steve competed successfully in Asia. In the mid-1980s, he returned to the United States and quickly established himself as one of the top mini-tour players in the country. He is a two-time winner of the Nationwide PGA Tour. In 2009, Steve challenged himself to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open—competing against 45 players for only one spot. He shot 64 to secure his place and went on to finish 22nd in the tournament.

Bernie Olivas, Executive Director, Sun Bowl Association
Bernie Olivas is currently the executive director of the Sun Bowl Association, a position he's held since 2001. A nominee for the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame, Bernie has been passionate about and active in sports his entire life. He earned 11 varsity letters in high school and was the 1971 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. As an adult, he has coached football, baseball, and basketball, and has been the official scorekeeper for the El Paso Diablos for 30 years. Under his direction, the Sun Bowl has grown to 25 annual events, expanded its roster of distinguished sponsors, significantly increased team payments from $1 million to $2 million, and remained a nationally-televised event among prime, post-season bowl games.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Shalimar Alio, Events Manager via email at salio@chci.org or by phone at 202-548-8789
Estefanie Maldonado, Events Specialist via email at emaldonado@chci.org or by phone at 202-548-8782