Salma Hayek Pinault and Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. to receive CHCI Medallion of Excellence Awards


Actress, producer, director and philanthropist Salma Hayek Pinault and lifelong educator Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute, will receive CHCI’s highest honors, the Medallion of Excellence, at the 36th Annual Awards Gala on October 2.

This year's Hispanic Heritage Month theme is “Our Time: A Strong America.”  The CHCI Gala is the pinnacle celebration of the outstanding accomplishments made by Latinos who have not only succeeded in their individual careers, but that also serve as positive role models and empower Latino youth.  All events support CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs.


Salma Hayek Pinault is an international superstar, not only for her Emmy-winning and Oscar nominated talent on and behind the screen, but also for her passion as a philanthropist and community activist.  She is highly active in raising awareness about violence against women and discrimination against immigrants, and since the birth of her daughter, she has added campaigns helping children to her list of charity works through the Salma Hayek Foundation.

Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. is co-founder and president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), which engages in nonpartisan civic participation to promote education, research, and leadership development.  Originally from Brownwood, Texas, Dr. Andrade’s strong work ethic and perseverance has taken him from picking cotton and working in meatpacking plants, to receiving the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Bill Clinton, and the National Ohtli Award from the Mexican government.


About CHCI Hispanic Heritage Month Events

CHCI kicks off its 2013 Hispanic Heritage Month events with its annual Public Policy Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on September 30-October 1. This year, CHCI Chair Rep. Hinojosa will be joined by administration officials, Congressional Hispanic Caucus members, and national experts and scholars to participate in timely discussions of major policy issues affecting the Latino community.  To complement the conference, CHCI’s Ready to Lead (R2L) program educates and engages high school students in policy discussions while preparing them for college. 

On October 1, CHCI will hold its 13th Annual Reyes of Comedy.  This popular event features both established Latino comedians as well as emerging Latino talent for a night of exceptional entertainment.  This year’s event is a sponsor benefit only and all proceeds support CHCI’s youth leadership development programs

The closing and premier event of the conference is CHCI's 36th Annual Awards Gala. This prestigious dinner recognizes CHCI’s highest honorees 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.

Important Dates

September 30-October 1
Public Policy Conference

September 30
Ready to Lead (R2L)

October 1
13th Annual Reyes of Comedy

October 2
CHCI 36th Annual Awards Gala


Purchase your table or ticket today to honor Salma Hayek Pinault and Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr.  

Sponsorship opportunities are also available



Early bird pricing is available until July 1, offering discounts on everything from individual tickets to gala tables.  

Secure your tickets now for the nation’s largest Latino celebration! 

All events support CHCI’s educational attainment and leadership development programs.

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