International Latin Music Sensation Olga Tan to Heat Up CHCI's 36th Annual Awards Gala

CHCI announced the performance of five time Grammy Award® and Latin Grammy®-winning international superstar Olga Tañón at its 36th Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The entertainment finale is brought to the CHCI stage by Toyota and Anheuser-Busch.

The "Woman on Fire," as she is known around the world, made a voice for the more than 11 million immigrants demanding fair immigration reform in this country. By creating a powerful social media campaign, she brought awareness of the issue to millions around the world. Tañón's voice was so impactful that several other entertainment stars and personalities joined in her efforts to make a stand for the unheard voices.

A multi-faceted artist, Olga Tañón's energetic rapport has come to characterize her amongst millions of listeners. Tañón has stood out from an early age and is established as a leading Latin performer. Her albums have sold millions of copies, earning fans across the Americas and in Europe.

Tañón has had many honors bestowed upon her. With more than four million albums sold worldwide, and numerous awards and recognitions, Olga Tan~o´n has become an icon in the Latin music industry through her voice, talent, charisma and spirit. This passionate mother, wife, philanthropist and artist, has established herself as a woman of power and influence. An inspiration and voice to millions worldwide she has been able to garner the devotion of legions of fans and shows no signs of stopping as she continues marking her history in fire!

Tañón will join 2013 Medallion of Excellence honorees Salma Hayek Pinault and Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. along with the 2013 CHCI Chair’s Medallion Award recipient Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa, at the 36th Annual Awards Gala. Emmy Award winning Telemundo journalist, Jose Díaz-Balart, will serve as celebrity host for the gala ceremony.

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 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.

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