President and First Lady Obama

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
Confirmed to Attend CHCI's Gala
Reserve Your Table or Ticket Today!

Post-Gala Concert Announced
Party with GRAMMY®-winning Salsa Superstar Gilberto Santa Rosa
as he Salutes Latin Music Legends

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-Award Winning Recording Artist Luis Enrique and
 2010 Latin GRAMMY® Nominee Prince Royce

Emmy® -Award Winning Journalist Teresa Rodriguez

The Honorable Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior 
The Honorable Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor

Vikki Carr
José Hernández

GRAMMY® -Award Winning Recording Artist Gilberto Santa Rosa

Known as the Prince of Salsa, GRAMMY®-award winning recording artist and Latin music legend Luis Enrique will charm attendees with his romantic songs at the nation’s premier Hispanic Heritage Month Event, CHCI’s 34th Annual Awards Gala.

Luis Enrique will join Latin music sensation Prince Royce for an amazing evening of entertainment at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., hosted by Emmy-award winning journalist and Univision anchor Teresa Rodriguez.

Don't miss this opportunity to join Luis Enrique, Teresa, and Prince Royce in supporting CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs while networking with the nation's powerful Latino leadership.  Reserve your table now!

Born in Nicaragua, Luis Enrique immigrated to the States in 1978 and was one of Latin music’s first pioneers of the romantic “salsa sensual” style. He laid the groundwork for salsa and Latin pop artists to follow, such as Marc Anthony, La India, and Victor Manuelle. He started his career in the late 1980s and achieved success in the 1990s earning the title "El Principe de la Salsa” (The Prince of Salsa). Winner of a GRAMMY® Award, two Latin GRAMMY® Awards, three Lo Nuestro Awards, and two Billboard Latin Music Awards for his last album “CICLOS” and many more awards in the past, Enrique is versatile musician, who is considered to be one of the best percussionists of Latin music.  His new album, “SOY Y SERE," was released on July 19.

Latin music’s hottest new singer-songwriter Prince Royce will kick off CHCI’s 34th Annual Awards Gala by performing the national anthem and a special musical tribute.  The 22-year-old musical sensation has created a unique genre by blending the Dominican Republic bachata sound with contemporary pop, rhythm, and blues.  Winner of four 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards and three 2011 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, Prince Royce’s rendition of “Stand by Me” became the first bachata song to be played on English-language pop radio stations in the U.S. His self-titled debut album, “Prince Royce,” became a mainstream success as it climbed to the top of the music charts.  In April 2011, it became the number album one in the country, an extraordinary achievement for an emerging Latin artist.

Emmy® -award winning journalist and veteran Univision anchor Teresa Rodriguez will serve as the Gala’s celebrity host. She is the recipient of eleven Emmy awards, eight for news-oriented specials and three for investigative and feature reporting. Rodriguez co-anchors Univision’s primetime award-winning weekly newsmagazine program, “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now), featuring investigative and consumer stories on a number of important issues facing U.S. Hispanics, as well as interviews with leading newsmakers, politicians, and celebrities. She also hosts a weekly special segment on Univision's national newscast "Noticiero Univision” (Univision News) titled "Primer Plano" (Foreground), an in-depth news report on a current national and/or international issue. She is the first woman ever to host a national primetime Spanish-language newscast and is the best-selling author of "The Daughters of Juarez," a true story of serial murder south of the border.

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 is Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength, Leadership.  

CHCI’s Annual Awards Gala is the largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic bipartisan, public and private sector leaders in the nation.  As the premier event of Hispanic Heritage Month events, CHCI supporters and stakeholders have the opportunity 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.

Once again, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have been invited to attend.  For the past three years, the President has addressed nearly 3,000 guests each year as the keynote speaker.

Schedule of Events:

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

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  34th Annual Awards Gala*

9:00 – 11:00 p.m.  2nd Annual Post-Gala Concert*

*Ticketed Event

Dress Code:  Black Tie 


Keeping the Promise is a five-year campaign to raise $43 million to strengthen and expand the reach and scope of our high school college readiness program, annual scholarships and other college attainment efforts, and professional development programs, including internships and fellowships.

Our programs draw from a national group of young Latinos and provide the financial support, resources, and direct work experience on Capitol Hill to develop a pipeline of highly talented young Latino Leaders. 

You can help CHCI succeed in its mission in any of the following ways:

  1. Purchase a table at the CHCI 34th Annual Awards Gala. Invite your colleagues to a premier evening of networking and award-winning entertainment, while supporting CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs.  The Annual Awards Gala is the signature event of CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month Events. 
  2. Purchase two gala tickets and donate them to CHCI to allow emerging Latino leaders the opportunity to experience this signature Hispanic Heritage Month Event.
  3. Make a donation directly to CHCI’s Keeping the Promise campaign

However you choose to direct your support, your contribution will make a critical difference in preparing the next generation of Latino leaders and in building the nation’s competitive edge globally.

CHCI is tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. All grants and contributions to CHCI are tax deductible to the extent permitted by federal law.