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Alumni Status for Substantial Discounts on 2012 Hispanic
Heritage Month Events

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CHCI is proud to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) by hosting the nation’s premier celebration of the Latino community.  This year’s theme—CHCI at 35: Keeping the Founders' Promise—pays tribute to the Institute's founding members whose vision has resulted in transformative programs that empower young Latinos and develop the next generation of Latino leaders—including you!

2012 marks the 35th anniversary of CHCI’s Annual Awards Gala, and during the past 35 years, CHCI’s programs have made a powerful, positive difference in the lives of more than 7,000 young Latinos.  CHCI's HHM events represent an opportunity to highlight these powerful programs, while raising critical funds to continue and expand opportunities for the next generation of Latino leaders. 

As direct beneficiaries of CHCI’s programs, we encourage you—our valued alumni—to participate and contribute in this year’s celebration.  CHCI and the CHCI-AA Executive Board have worked diligently to incorporate several alumni-focused events into this year’s celebration, which include both professional development and networking opportunities.  That said, we are confident that CHCI Alumni will find benefits from all of the Public Policy Conference sessions offered--view the full 2012 CHCI Hispanic Heritage Month Events Schedule.

If you cannot attend this year, we encourage you to make a donation to CHCI's $35 for 35 campaign through our convenient online donation portal.  Your support ensures that future generations of Latino leaders can benefit from the same programs that helped spark your success.

2012 Alumni-related Events (all events are located in Washington, D.C.)

Monday, September 10

8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
CHCI Alumni Association 9th Annual Young Latino Professionals Fundraiser
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Rotunda
Sponsors:  FedEx & Teach for America
Alumni Rate:  $40
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Tuesday, September 11

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Opening Luncheon - Latina Pioneers
Includes Presentation of the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Judge Liza Rodriguez-Duron (details below)
Ronald Reagan Building Atrium Hall
Included in Conference Registration
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2:45 – 4:30 p.m.
CHCI Alumni Association Next Generation Professional Development Session
Gaining a Competitive Advantage: The Value of Social Media in Uncertain Economic Times
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Sponsors:  Union Pacific & State Farm
Included in Conference Registration
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5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
CHCI Alumni Association National Business Meeting
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Free to CHCI Alumni

Wednesday, September 12

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
CareerLider LIVE
Ronald Reagan Building Atrium Ballroom
Free to CHCI Alumni

8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Reyes of Comedy - Honoring Rep. Silvestre Reyes as the Inaugural Inductee to the Reyes of Comedy Hall of Fame
Ronald Reagan Building Amphitheater
Free with Donation to CHCI's $35 for 35 Campaign - see details below

Thursday, September 13

5:30 – 11:00 p.m.
35th Anniversary Awards Reception, Gala, and Concert Finale
Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Hall D
Alumni Rate:  $300
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2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award - Judge Liza Rodriguez-Duron
Presiding Judge of County Court at Law #8

2012 Distinguished Alumnus-Judge Liza Rodriguez-Duron

The CHCI Alumni Association in pleased to announce that Judge Liza Rodriguez-Duron has been selected as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus.  Born and raised in Laredo, Texas, Judge Rodriguez has worked tirelessly over the years representing the State of Texas, and victims of crime in court.  Additionally, she has enjoyed a strong partnership with various law enforcement agencies.  She is also an active volunteer in her community, donating her time at her children’s elementary school and as a soccer coach for her neighborhood association.

As a CHCI 1993-94 Public Policy Fellow, Rodriguez lived in Washington, D.C. where she worked as a legislative analyst with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF).  Additionally, she volunteered at a number of organizations in the greater D.C. area.  Following her ten month fellowship, she returned to San Antonio to begin law school at St. Mary’s School of Law.

Rodriguez enjoyed an impressive ten-year career as a Bexar County Assistant District Attorney, spending her last year in the Family Justice Division, where she handled crimes against children.

Judge Rodriguez was elected to the bench November of 2010 and began her tenure on January 1, 2011.  During her first year in office, she was asked to serve on the DWI Curriculum Committee of The Texas Center for the Judiciary, which serves as the primary source of judicial education for judges throughout the State.  Most recently, Judge Rodriguez has submitted a grant request to the Bureau of Justice Assistance for over $450,000 in order to establish a DWI Court which would provide specialized supervision for persons charged with a subsequent driving while intoxicated offense.   Her vision for County Court #8 involves focusing on alternatives to incarceration, expanding the existing Adult Drug Court program in order to address public safety concerns and increase accountability and continuing to run an efficient court treating all those who come before her with respect and dignity.

CHCI is proud to honor such an amazing Latina on September 11.  Register Now to claim your seat in this celebration.


Laugh for a Great Cause at CHCI's Reyes of Comedy on September 12

Once again, CHCI’s Reyes of Comedy will showcase top Latino comedians, offering a night of exceptional entertainment that supports CHCI's youth leadership development and educational attainment programs.  Now in its 12th year, CHCI has assembled an all-star line up of talented comedians who will have you laughing in the aisles for this great cause.  Felipe Esparza, Alex Reymundo, Melissa Villasenor, and the evening's emcee and returning performer Erik Rivera, will pull from their own experiences to portray life as a Latino in the United States.  Meet this year's comedians

This year's event will also feature a tribute to Rep. Silvestre Reyes, one of the essential organizers and longtime supporters of the Reyes of Comedy showcase.

The 2012 Reyes of Comedy is an invitation only event this year, but here’s how you can become an insider! 

The first 100 alumni who make a donation of $35 or more will be given an exclusive invitation to attend this hilarious evening of comedy.  To take advantage of this special alumni-only offer, be sure to select “YES” to indicate you are a CHCI Alumnus and select "Direct support of CHCI’s Programs – Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of CHCI Awards Gala."

Donate Now and Secure Your Ticket! 

Win a Trip to CHCI's 35th Anniversary Awards Gala

2012 HHM Facebook Video Contest

Have you heard about CHCI's FANtastic Facebook contest?  It's our inaugural video contest and the grand prize is two tickets to the 35th Anniversary Awards Gala on September 13, complete with two FREE airline tickets courtesy of Southwest Airlines, our premier airline partner. 

HURRY!  Contest ends on August 22, so don't miss out on this great opportunity to be a part of this historic celebration!  Get Started Now... 


Volunteer Opportunities
Want to attend the 35th Anniversary Awards Gala for FREE?  Help CHCI by donating your time!  Learn more by reviewing the 2012 Volunteer Opportunities.

Can’t Make it to D.C. but Still Want to Show Your Support?
CHCI makes it easy for you to Donate online. All donations go directly to support programs – give and support the next generation of Latino leaders!

 We hope to see you in September!

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