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Multi-talented Entertainer George Lopez to be Honored
with Medallion of Excellence on September 13

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CHCI is pleased to announce September 10-13 as the dates for its 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) events in Washington, D.C.  This year's theme—CHCI at 35:  Keeping the Founders’ Promise—pays tribute to CHCI’s founders, whose unique vision has resulted in transformative programs that empower young Latinos and develop the next generation of Latino leaders.

Television, film, standup comedy and late-night television star George Lopez will receive CHCI’s 2012 Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service at CHCI’s 35th Anniversary Awards Gala on Thursday, September 13.  Emmy Award-winning Univision news anchor and 2006 CHCI Chair’s Award recipient María Elena Salinas will serve as celebrity host of the gala, which is the pinnacle celebration of the outstanding accomplishments made by Latinos who have not only succeeded in their individual careers, but who also serve as positive role models and empower Latino youth.  All events support CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs.

2012 HHM Medallion of Excellence George Lopez

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2012 Medallion of Excellence Honoree

George Lopez is a multi-talented entertainer whose career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. In 2012, George will host Fox’s new dating series “Take Me Out” and will debut his third solo stand-up special on HBO.

Lopez’s film credits include “Rio,” “The Smurfs,” “Valentine’s Day,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua,” “Swing Vote,” “Henry Poole Is Here,” and “Balls of Fury.” For two seasons, Lopez hosted “Lopez Tonight,” a late-night television talk show on TBS after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in Warner Bros. Television’s groundbreaking hit sitcom “George Lopez.” Additionally, Lopez is a two-time GRAMMY® nominee for his standup albums, “El Mas Chingon” and “Team Leader.” In May 2004, his autobiography “Why You Crying?” entered The New York Times Best Sellers Top 20.

In 2006, Lopez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, Time magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities.  Lopez has received the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award and was named Honorary Mayor of Los Angeles. Other honors include an Imagen Vision Award, the Latino Spirit Award and the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award.  The Lopez Foundation, founded by George, was established to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children and adults confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease, organ donation, and the military. 

Purchase your table or ticket today to honor George Lopez as he receives a Medallion of Excellence award on September 13.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available


About CHCI’s Hispanic Heritage Month Events
Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is September 15 to October 15.  To commemorate this important annual celebration of the Latino community, CHCI convenes more than 3,000 Latino leaders from across the country at events held in Washington, D.C.  For CHCI, it also represents an opportunity to feature its highly competitive and nationally acclaimed Latino youth leadership development programs, including two fellowship programs, a congressional internship program, scholarship awards, and two programs for high school students—Ready to Lead, a college readiness program, and High School Latino Leaders in D.C., an expenses-paid, weeklong experience in our nation's capital.

“As we celebrate CHCI’s 35th anniversary, it is fitting that this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme and events reflect our founders’ original vision to create opportunities for Latino youth and celebrate the immense contributions of Latinos to the United States,” said Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair. “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 the future success of America.”

CHCI Chair Charles A. Gonzalez

View the 2012 HHM Events Schedule at a Glance


CHCI kicks off its 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month events with its annual Public Policy Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The conference assembles Latino leaders, experts and scholars to participate in timely discussions of major policy issues affecting the Latino community.  This year, CHCI Chair Charles A. Gonzalez will be joined by administration officials, Congressional Hispanic Caucus members, and national leaders in their fields.  Key issues on the agenda include: corporate America, economy and workforce, education, health, immigration, labor, media, mental health, STEM, telecommunications, and more. 

On September 12, CHCI will hold its 12th Annual Reyes of Comedy also at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.  This popular event features both established Latino comedians and emerging Latino talent for a night of exceptional entertainment.  This year’s event is a sponsor-only benefit and all proceeds support CHCI’s youth leadership development programs.  Many sponsorships offer Reyes of Comedy tickets as a benefit.  Learn more about sponsoring an HHM Event and select the one that's right for your organization. 

2012 35th Anniversary Gala-Celebrity Host Maria Elena Salinas

The closing and premier event of the conference is CHCI's 35th Anniversary Awards Gala to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Thursday, September 13. 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 2,500 guests including federal and local elected officials, corporate and nonprofit leaders, and celebrities. Emmy Award-winning Univision news anchor and 2006 CHCI Chair’s Award recipient María Elena Salinas will serve as celebrity host of the Gala. Another outstanding after party, featuring exceptional Latino entertainers, will be held immediately following the gala.

Join CHCI in Celebrating 35 Years of Keeping the Founders’ Promise
CHCI's HHM Events remain our most important source of funding, so your participation is critical!  Individual registrations and sponsorships support our transformative programs that empower young Latinos and shape them into future leaders.  Join 35th Anniversary Gala Host PepsiCo and Gala Exclusive Media Partner Univision in Keeping the Promise to the next generation.  If your company would like to demonstrate its support of educational attainment and leadership development for young Latinos during Hispanic Heritage Month, view the donor opportunities and contact Gretchen Class at 202-548-5865 to pledge your commitment.

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 Early bird pricing is available until July 2, offering discounts on everything from individual tickets to gala tables.  Secure your tickets now for the nation’s largest Latino celebration.

Important CHCI Hispanic
Heritage Month
Dates

July 2
Early Bird Registration Ends

September 10-12
CHCI Public Policy Conference
Ronald Reagan Building &
International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 11
Ready to Lead
Ronald Reagan Building &
International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 12
CareerLider LIVE
Ronald Reagan Building &
International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 12
12th Annual Reyes of Comedy
Ronald Reagan Building &
International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 13
CHCI 35th Anniversary Awards Gala
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

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