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2012 CHCI 35th Anniversary Awards Gala

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Join the largest and most prestigious gathering of Latino leaders in the nation.


Emmy® Award-winning Univision News Anchor &
2006 CHCI Chair’s Award Recipient Mar
ía Elena Salinas

George Lopez
Lt. Col. Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch (ret.)

Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

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MEDALLION OF EXCELLENCE HONOREE Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch was born and raised along the border in a small barrio in Laredo, Texas. After graduating from Hardin Simmons University, Kickbusch entered the U.S. Army as an officer. Read More...

MEDALLION OF EXCELLENCE HONOREE George Lopez is a multi-talented entertainer whose career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. In 2012, Lopez will host Fox’s new dating series "Take Me Out."  Read More...

2012 CHCI CHAIR'S AWARD RECIPIENT Dr. Q is an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting edge research to cure brain cancer. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and over 40 book chapters and has edited two books on stem cells. Read More...

Purchase your table or ticket today to support CHCI's educational attainment and leadership development programs and honor Consuelo Kickbusch, George Lopez and Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa as they receive CHCI's Highest Honors on September 13. 
Sponsorship opportunities are also available to demostrate your commitment to the next generation of Latino leaders. 

2012 35th Anniversary Gala-Celebrity Host Maria Elena Salinas

Emmy® -award winning Univision news anchor and & 2006 CHCI Chair’s Award recipient María Elena Salinas is the most recognized Hispanic female journalist in the United States.  Named by The New York Times as “the voice of Hispanic America,” for three decades, Salinas has informed millions of Hispanics in the United States, along with 18 countries in Latin America.  As co-anchor of the highly-rated “Noticiero Univision” (News Univision) and the primetime news magazine “Aqui y Ahora” (Here and Now), she has handled some of the most challenging assignments in modern-day journalism.

Salinas’ work has earned her several journalistic awards including three national Emmy Awards and one regional.  In 2007, Salinas made history by co-hosting both the first ever Democratic and Republican candidate presidential forums in Spanish on the Univision Network. Her influence reaches beyond television. Salinas is a radio analyst on Latino issues and is one of few Hispanic syndicated columnists in the United States, where her column is published in both Spanish and English, as well as on Univision.com and her own website, MariaESalinas.com.

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. This year’s theme—CHCI at 35: Keeping the Founders' Promise—pays tribute to CHCI's founders, whose unique vision has resulted in transformative programs that empower young Latinos.  This year's gala also celebrates 35 years of developing the next generation of Latino leaders.  It is the largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic nonpartisan, public and private sector leaders in the nation who convene to network while celebrating the achievements of the Latino community. The evening’s festivities include musical entertainment, remarks by figures of national prominence, and recognition of CHCI's highest honors—the annual Chair's Award and the CHCI Medallion of Excellence awardees.  These awards celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of Latino leaders who “keep the promise” to their communities through their extraordinary efforts.  All events support CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs.

Schedule of Gala Events*:

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Awards Gala General Reception

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  35th Anniversary Awards Gala

9:00 – 11:00 p.m. Gala Concert Finale

*All Gala Events are ticketed events. 

Dress Code:  Black Tie 

CHCI is tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Federal ID # 52-1114225. CHCI does not attempt to influence legislation and does not employ or retain any registered lobbyists.  All grants and contributions to CHCI are tax deductible to the extent permitted by federal law.