Hispanic Heritage Foundation to Honor Hispanic Leaders and Role Models at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 24
Washington, DC--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--September 6, 2005--The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) today announced the 2005 Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees in recognition of their leadership and the positive impact they have made on the United States. This year’s recipients will be honored at a black-tie dinner and ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on October 24, 2005 in Washington, DC.
“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of these creative and committed individuals,” said Dr. Pedro Jose Greer, Jr., past Honoree for Leadership and current Chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “These are Hispanics who have reached for their dreams and unselfishly opened doors for so many others in the process. We are humbled and proud to honor these remarkable men and women who carry on the rich tradition of our past Honorees.”
For 19 years, the Hispanic Heritage Awards have been considered one of the highest honors for Hispanic Americans. Each year, the Honorees serve as a reminder, through their uncommon achievements, that no dream is beyond reach.
The 2005 Hispanic Heritage Awards recipients include:
-- Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, Arts Award; Maestro Brooks-Bruzzese is an international symphony conductor hailed as ‘Ambassador to Latin America.’
-- Dr. Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., M.S., Education Award; Dr. Delgado is an author and leader of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the largest and oldest organization of health care and human service providers to Hispanics.
-- The Honorable Carlos Gutierrez, Leadership Award; Secretary Gutierrez is the 35th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, promoting American business at home and abroad.
-- Soledad O’Brien, Vision Award; Ms. O’Brien is Co-Anchor of CNN’s American Morning, and the most visible Hispanic in television news.
-- Sports Honoree, pending confirmation.
Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees are nominated by more than 30 of the top national Hispanic organizations, including: National Council of La Raza, National Association of Hispanic Journalists, National Association of Hispanic MBAs, National Hispana Leadership Institute, ASPIRA, US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, MALDEF, LULAC, and NALEO, among others. Joining representatives from these organizations are business and community leaders, elected officials, celebrities and other notables. The distinction and event have been referred to as “the Kennedy Center Honors for Hispanics” and the special evening of cultural pride and celebration.
Honorees are selected in various categories and past Honorees include cultural icons such as Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Placido Domingo, Celia Cruz, Sammy Sosa, Isabel Allende, Anthony Quinn, Rita Moreno and Andy Garcia, in addition to educators, activists and community leaders such as Raul Yzaguirre, Delores Huerta, Henry Cisneros, Juan Gonzalez, Dr. Antonia Novello, and even an astronaut, Dr. Ellen Ochoa. With an eye toward the future, the Honorees share the stage with the national recipients of the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards. These young leaders have demonstrated a high level of achievement in classrooms and communities across the country and are positioned as role models for their peers.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is backed by a prestigious list of corporate sponsors, including Allianz Life (the official insurance company of the Hispanic Heritage Awards), American Airlines (the official airline of the Hispanic Heritage Awards), Astrazeneca, BB&T, CNN, David Chavez, Diageo, Dr Pepper, Erwin Gomez, ExxonMobil, Fannie Mae, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, JRG Communications, Kellogg, Lusvin J. Mayen (The George Washington University), MAPA Communications, NBC Universal/Telemundo, PencilBox, Inc., Southwest Airlines, SUBWAY® Restaurants, Volvo (the official car of the Hispanic Heritage Awards), and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) celebrates and promotes Hispanic pride, culture, accomplishment and leadership through national and regional educational and inspirational programs focusing on putting Hispanics in a position from which to lead. In 19 years, the Washington-based nonprofit has grown from a small photo-op at the White House commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month into a highly-respected organization with year-round programs including: the Hispanic Heritage Awards, which honors notable Hispanic leaders during a star-studded ceremony; the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards, a leadership program recognizing outstanding young Hispanic role models by rewarding them with thousands of dollars in educational grants; and the new LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) initiative which systematically provides corporate America with top Hispanic talent, using the Youth Awards as a feeder program, in an effort to bolster and diversify the workforce, with a focus on a management track.
NOTE: To sponsor the 19th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards and other Hispanic Heritage Foundation programs please call 202.861.9797.
For more information please visit www.HispanicHeritage.org
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