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2011 CHCI Hispanic Heritage Month Events Summary

With combined attendance of more than 4,500 people, the Public Policy Conference, Reyes of Comedy, and Annual Awards Gala demonstrated how effectively CHCI is Keeping the Promise through unity, strength, and leadership.  Once again CHCI’s premier events launched the national celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

CHCI would like to thank our generous sponsors and event attendees.  Through their support of our Hispanic Heritage Month events, CHCI is able to fulfill its mission of Keeping the Promise to develop the next generation of Latino leaders by raising the majority of our revenue to fund CHCI’s critical activities—Ready to Lead (R2L), Scholarships, Congressional Internship Program, Public Policy Fellowship Program, Graduate Fellowship Program, and our robust online Education Center.

Relive all of CHCI's Hispanic Heritage Month events, especially these key highlights:

2011 HHM-President and First Lady Obama 

CHCI Alumni Celebrate 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month

Thanks to the generous support of Southwest Airlines, State Farm, Union Pacific, Ibarra Strategy Group, Enitial Advanced Communications, Green for All, Corona, and the Walt Disney Company, the CHCI Alumni Association had a strong and visible presence during CHCI’s 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) celebration.  We are especially proud of the level of support, engagement and participation of alumni throughout the week’s events!  (More)

Walmart Renews Commitment to Latino Education and Career Development

Second $1 Million Gift to CHCI Continues Year-Round Internships for Latino Undergraduates

CHCI recently announced a new $1 million grant from Walmart to continue the fall and spring semesters of its award-winning Congressional Internship Program (CIP) through 2015. Walmart's $1 million donation in 2009 allowed CHCI to expand its traditional summer program to conduct three internship sessions each year, effectively doubling the reach of the internship program. Since the program's expansion, 55 CHCI Walmart Congressional interns have benefited from this life-changing experience. (More)

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The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation Gives Largest Individual Donation in CHCI's History

CHCI proudly announced the creation of the Cisneros Family Endowment, representing the largest contribution from an individual donor in CHCI's history. The endowment, made possible by a generous pledge of $700,000 from The Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation, will provide support for two Latino students from California to participate in CHCI's Congressional Internship Program every year. 

"CHCI is honored to receive this generous gift from the Cisneros Foundation to benefit the future leaders of our country," said Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, CHCI Chair.  (More)



Dario O. Marquez Gift Funds Two Congressional Internships

CHCI is honored to announce a $75,000 gift from Dario. O Marquez, Jr.  Mr. Marquez is a successful businessman, committed to the development of young Latino leaders.  This generous gift is a three-year pledge to support two students to participate in CHCI’s Summer Congressional Internship Program.  (More)

Support CHCI's Mission to Develop the Next Generation of Latino Leaders

Keeping the Promise is a five-year campaign to raise $43 million to strengthen and expand the reach and scope of our high school college readiness program, annual scholarships and other college attainment efforts, and professional development programs, including internships and fellowships.

Our programs draw from a national group of young Latinos and provide the financial support, resources, and direct work experience on Capitol Hill to develop a pipeline of highly talented young Latino Leaders. 

You can help CHCI succeed in its mission by making a donation directly to CHCI’s Keeping the Promise campaign.

Your contribution will make a critical difference in preparing the next generation of Latino leaders and in building the nation’s competitive edge globally.

CHCI is tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. All grants and contributions to CHCI are tax deductible to the extent permitted by federal law. 

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Upcoming Events

November 2011

November 5
Ready 2 Lead
Univeristy of California - Merced, CA

November 16
CHCI Fall 2011 Congressional Interns Graduation Ceremony

Washington, D.C.

December 2011   

December 7
CHCI Holiday Party--Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Washington, D.C.

December 10
Ready 2 Lead
St. Francis College - Brooklyn Heights, NY

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