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CHCI Announces 2014 Medallion of Excellence Honorees


CHCI is proud to announce that it will present its 2014 CHCI Medallion of Excellence Awards to television anchor and host José Díaz-Balart and union activist Eliseo Medina at its 37th Annual Awards Gala on Thursday, October 2, 2014. With the theme Building Our Future, Together, CHCI celebrates its annual Hispanic Heritage Month events from September 30 to October 2, 2014, drawing more than 3,000 leaders from across the country to its Public Policy Conference, Reyes of Comedy, and Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. 

2014 Medallion of Excellence In the Arts, Entertainment, Music or Sports

José Díaz-Balart, celebrating his 30th year in television broadcasting this year, is one of the most respected and experienced voices in U.S. Hispanic journalism. He is the News Anchor of “Noticiero Telemundo” and the Host of “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart,” Telemundo’s current-affairs program focused on topics of interest to the Hispanic community.  In May of 2014, Díaz-Balart was tapped by MSNBC to host its 10 a.m. hour from Miami. He also has a deep sense of civic service. He is an Education Champion for NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content’s new nationwide pro-social campaign, Aprender es Triunfar, aimed at closing the Latino student achievement gap, especially in STEM education. Read more

2014 American Dream Medallion of Excellence in Education, Science, Medicine or Civil Rights

Eliseo Medina is described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most successful labor organizers in the country” and was named one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful Latino Leaders” in Poder Magazine. In 2013, he was one of the leaders of the Fast for Families movement where he fasted for 22 days on the National Mall in support of immigration reform. As the International Secretary-Treasurer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Medina led the union’s efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform that rebuilds the nation’s economy, secures equal labor and civil-rights protections for workers to improve their wages and work conditions and provides legal channels and a path to citizenship. Medina’s work to help grow Latino voting strength in the 2012 elections is widely recognized as a key factor in propelling the 2013 debate in Congress over commonsense immigration reform. Read more

CHCI’s Medallion of Excellence awards are presented to an individual who conducts himself or herself in an exemplary manner and who serves as a role model and standard-bearer for the Latino community, particularly Latino youth. The individual must have at least a 15-year record of contributions and accomplishments in his/her field with solid leadership and community involvement. The qualifying factors are philanthropic and civic engagement through the initiation or support of programs that benefit the Hispanic community as a whole in the United States.

The 37th Annual Awards Gala will also feature a performance by legendary East Los Angeles Chicano rock band Los Lobos, celebrating its 40th anniversary of recording in 2014.

Purchase Your Gala Table Now!

Don't wait! Demonstrate your support early and join the discussion, participate at a higher level, and align your brand with CHCI's mission to Develop the Next Generation of Latino Leaders®. Early-bird discounts expire on July 11, 2014.

Awards Gala Supporter Level (Seats 10)

Corporate Rate
Early Bird Rate: $8,500
After July 11, 2014: $10,000

Government/Nonprofit Rate
Early Bird Rate: $6,000
After July 11, 2014: $7,500

Contact Gretchen Class at gclass@chci.org or 202-548-5865. 

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. Donations to CHCI may also be made through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) 30620.