CHCI Announces its 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Events

"Celebrating History, Heritage and the American Dream"

Soledad O'Brien, CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent, to Celebrity Host
CHCI 33rd Annual Awards Gala

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2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Events

CHCI today announces "Celebrating History, Heritage and the American Dream," as the unifying theme for its 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in Washington, D.C. on September 12-15, 2010.  CHCI hosts the nation's premier events commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month, drawing more than 3,000 Latino leaders from across the country to its Public Policy Conference, Reyes of Comedy, and 33rd Annual Awards Gala.

2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Events Schedule-at-a-Glance

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Nydia M. Velaquez"This year's theme reflects the historical contributions of Latinos in the United States as we join the celebration of Latin American landmark independence anniversaries all over the hemisphere and the 400 year anniversary of the founding of the city of Santa Fe," said Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, CHCI Chair.  "Our theme also embodies the Latino community's embrace of the American Dream and its commitment to the success of this great nation. We expect a huge turnout this year to hear from members of Congress, Cabinet secretaries, and other national leaders on how the Latino community will play an integral role in leading this nation forward in the 21st century."

CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien will celebrity host the 33rd Annual Awards Gala on September 15, 2010, capping off the week of events. O'Brien is a recipient of CHCI's 2009 Medallion of Excellence Award. She joined CNN in 2003 and has reported breaking news from around the globe and award-winning, celebrated documentaries on the most important stories and issues facing the world today. Last October CNN aired O'Brien's groundbreaking documentary series, Latino in America, exploring the cultural contributions and impact of Latinos. Her documentary, Rescued, about orphans in Haiti recently aired May 8th.

CHCI will kick off its 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month events with its annual Public Policy Conference at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on September 12- 14, 2010. 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 Nydia M. Velázquez will be joined by administration officials, Congressional Hispanic Caucus members, and national leaders in their fields. Key issues on the agenda include: corporate responsibility, economy and workforce, education, financial services, green economy, health, health care reform, immigration reform, international relations, labor, redistricting, and technology. An important component of the conference, the Ready to Lead (R2L) program, also educates and engages high school students in all these policy discussions while preparing them for college.

On the second night of the conference, CHCI will hold the 10th Annual Reyes of Comedy, which takes place at the Warner Theatre on September 14, 2010. This popular event features both established Latino comedians as well as emerging Latino talent for a night of exceptional entertainment.

The closing and premier event of the conference is CHCI's 33rd Annual Awards Gala to be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on September 15. This prestigious dinner and awards presentation 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.  Past participants include Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Rosie Perez, and many more.

Don't miss CHCI's hallmark Hispanic Heritage Month events. Register now or join us as a sponsor and support the next generation of Latino leaders.


 Opening Luncheon


 Ready to Lead Keynote Luncheon







2010 CHCI Hispanic Heritage Month Event Sponsors



















Merck and Company
NBC Universal
The Coca-Cola Company

Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation
General Electric

Raytheon Company
Telemundo Communications Group



Raytheon Company
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