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Chair’s Dinner Highlights 35th Anniversary in 2012

CHCI Chair Charles A. GonzalezCHCI Chair Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez ushered in the new year with an intimate networking reception and private dinner on January 23.  During the evening, Rep. Gonzalez shared with guests the many accomplishments of 2011, and then his turned attention to the future and ways to keep the promise to the next generation in 2012 and beyond.  He called on each attendee to unite and support CHCI’s mission, noting that for the nation to succeed, the Latino community must succeed. The time to help open doors, promote educational attainment, and provide access to young Latinos is now, and support for CHCI is critical.

The event also celebrated the organization’s 2012 theme—CHCI at 35: Keeping the Founders’ Promise—which is a tribute to the small, but powerful, group of Hispanic members of Congress whose vision of bringing the American Dream to more Latinos resulted in the formation of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in 1978.

Throughout its 35 years, CHCI has honored the founders’ legacy by offering transformative programs that empower young Latinos and develop the next generation of Latino leaders.  CHCI continues to expand its existing programs—Ready to Lead, Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships—and creates new programs such as High School Latino Leaders in D.C. to reach more emerging Latino leaders, providing them with greater opportunities to succeed.  And the result is an organization that has made a powerful, positive difference in the lives of more than 6,000 young Latinos.

Senator Robert MenendezSen. Robert Menendez echoed Rep. Gonzalez’s remarks as he spoke about the important work of CHCI, stressing the excellence of CHCI programs in providing opportunities, empowerment, and leadership development to young Latinos.  He also emphasized the necessity of continued support of educational attainment initiatives for young Latinos and how crucial funding CHCI is to accomplishing this goal.

Other guests included Rep. Joe Baca, Rep. Ben Ray Luján, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, CHCI’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council, and other leading change makers in the Latino community, who are committed to improving the future of Latinos.  Special thanks were given to the evening’s generous sponsors—TOYOTA, The Coca-Cola Company, Walmart, and Merck & Co.—for their continued support of CHCI’s programs.

TOYOTA Representatives with Rep. Lucille Roybal-AllardCHCI Chair Rep. Gonzalez also took the time to thank the 35th Anniversary Awards Gala host—PepsiCo and the PepsiCo Foundation—and Univision, the exclusive gala media partner—for already committing its support to the gala, which is an important source of funding for CHCI programming.

CHCI just released the 35th Anniversary Awards Gala sponsorship opportunities, which lists a variety of ways that companies can receive visibility, recognition, and networking access while supporting CHCI’s crucial mission. 

Contact Gretchen Class at gclass@chci.org to learn how your company can help develop the next generation of Latino leaders. 

View the Photo Gallery from the Chair’s Dinner.