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President Obama and First Lady to Attend CHCI’s 36th Annual Awards Gala

CHCI Chair Rep. Rubén Hinojosa announced today that President Barack Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, will address the largest Latino gala in the country at CHCI's 36th Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This marks five of the past six years President Obama has addressed the CHCI Gala, going back to when he was a presidential candidate in 2008.

“CHCI is very proud to welcome President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to our 36th Annual Awards Gala on October 2nd,” said Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, CHCI Chair. “His attendance reflects a strong commitment to the Latino community and to the future leaders that CHCI works so hard to develop each year. My colleagues in Congress and I look forward to working with the President to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year and continue our efforts to greatly improve the quality of life of Hispanics and all Americans.”

CHCI’s 36th Annual Awards Gala, themed “Our Time: A Strong America,” will convene the nation’s largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic nonpartisan, public, and private sector leaders. The evening’s festivities will include the presentation of the CHCI Medallion of Excellence awards to entertainer Salma Hayek Pinault and Dr. Juan Andrade, President of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. The CHCI Chair's Medallion Award will be presented to Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, Chancellor of the University of Texas System.

Emmy Award winning Telemundo journalist, Jose Díaz-Balart, will serve as celebrity host for the gala ceremony and five time Grammy Award® and Latin Grammy®-winning international superstar Olga Tañón will perform at the Gala Entertainment Finale.

Each year, the CHCI Annual Awards Gala is the hallmark event during Hispanic Heritage Month in Washington, D.C., and serves as the unifying event for the Hispanic-American community. Proceeds from the Gala benefit CHCI’s award-winning leadership development programs which include: Ready to Lead (R2L™), the Congressional Internship Program (CIP), the Public Policy Fellowship Program (PPF), and the Graduate Fellowship Program (GFP).

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About Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic Members of Congress, nonprofit, union and corporate leaders. For more information call CHCI at (202) 543-1771 or visit www.chci.org.

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