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CHCI Announces 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month Events

"Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength, Leadership"

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CHCI is pleased to announce September 11-14 as the dates for its 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) events in Washington, D.C. This year's theme—"Keeping the Promise: Unity, Strength, Leadership"—celebrates CHCI's 34 years of positive change, and sets the organization's and community's sights on what is needed for a brighter future for all Latinos in the 21st century.

HHM is observed from September 15 to October 15. CHCI hosts the nation's premier events launching HHM, attracting more than 4,500 prominent Latino leaders from across the country engaged in all sectors to its Public Policy Conference, Reyes of Comedy, and Annual Awards Gala. Combined, these events represent the largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic leaders in the nation.

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"CHCI has been keeping the promise of the American dream to Latino youth for more than 33 years now," said Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair. "This year's Hispanic Heritage Month theme and events reflect the strength and immense contributions of Latinos to the United States while focusing on the unity and leadership we must continue to develop to ensure the future success of this great nation. We expect a record turnout this year to hear members of Congress, Cabinet secretaries, and other national leaders address the integral role Latinos will play in 21st century America across all sectors of the economy."

HHM events also represent an opportunity for CHCI to showcase its commitment to expanding opportunities for the next generation of Latino leaders. The conference and gala will highlight its highly competitive and nationally acclaimed Latino youth leadership development programs—Public Policy and Graduate Fellowship Programs, Congressional Internship Program, Scholarship Program—and R2L, a college readiness program for high school students. R2L's newest program, High School Latino Leaders in D.C., will also be featured.

CHCI's 2011 HHM events will begin with its annual Public Policy Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on September 11-13. The conference assembles Latino leaders, experts, and scholars to participate in high-level discussions in critical policy issue areas important to the Latino community and the nation.

This year, CHCI Chair Charles A. Gonzalez will be joined by administration officials, Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members, and national leaders in their fields. Key issues on the agenda include: education; employment, job creation and workforce training; health; immigration reform; and international relations. Additional issue summits spearheaded by CHC members will focus on: corporate responsibility; energy and the green economy; housing, wealth building, and financial services; redistricting; and technology and media. Attendees will benefit from participating in this important dialogue that helps shape issues of national concern.

On September 13, CHCI will hold its 11th Annual Reyes of Comedy at the historic Warner Theatre. This popular event features both established Latino comedians and emerging Latino talent for a night of exceptional entertainment. Event proceeds benefit CHCI's youth leadership development programs.

The closing and pinnacle event of the conference is CHCI's 34th Annual Awards Gala, which will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on September 14. This prestigious awards program recognizes CHCI's highest honors and celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of Latino leaders who are giving back to their communities. The gala draws more than 2,800 guests including federal and local elected officials, corporate and nonprofit leaders, and celebrities. Building on the inaugural success of last year, a post-gala concert will be held immediately following.

Registration for all HHM events is now open. This year, CHCI is introducing tiered pricing for alumni, which is based on an individual's years since program participation, and a new student rate. Special rates for nonprofit organizations and government agencies are also available.

Act now and save! Early bird pricing is available until July 1, offering discounts on everything from individual tickets to gala tables. Secure your ticket today for the nation's biggest Latino celebration.

About CHCI
CHCI is the premier Hispanic nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c)(3) leadership development organization in the country that educates, empowers, and connects Latino youth by providing leadership development programs and educational services. CHCI directly impacts the lives of more than 1,700 students and young professionals each year through its fellowships, congressional internships, scholarships, Ready to Lead (R2L®) college readiness program, and R2L NextGen program. CHCI NextOpp is its latest resource allowing young Latinos to save, search and share life-changing opportunities for Latinos across the United States.

The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. Visit www.chci.org, or join us on Facebook, Twitter , LinkedIn, YouTube, and Instagram.

Media Contact:
Scott Gunderson Rosa: (202) 548-5876