WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame musician Carlos Santana will receive the Medallion of Excellence at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's (CHCI) 22nd Annual Gala on September 15, 1999. Santana is being honored for his long-standing commitment and service to the Hispanic community. The award coincides with his latest CD, Supernatural, moving in to the top five on the Billboard music charts. Santana can also be seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Friday night, September 10th, performing his current top ten single, "Smooth," featuring Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20. "CHCI is very proud to recognize Carlos Santana. He has helped improve the status of the Hispanic community through his exemplary advocacy efforts and community service," said Congresswoman and CHCI Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. The award is also being given to Congressman Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Vice Chairman of the Democratic Caucus. "These two role models have touched many lives through their respective work and contributions to society as a whole..." Santana has been entertaining audiences for more than three decades. His latest musical project is the first studio album by Carlos Santana in nearly seven years and has surpassed the Platinum sales level and is on its way toward double-platinum. The CD is currently number 4 on the Billboard 100. Carlos' commitment to innumerable social causes and his use of music to heal and inspire millions are two reasons CHCI is awarding him the Community Service Medallion of Excellence. Realizing that education is the bridge to success in this country, he lends his time and money to Cada Cabeza es un Mundo (Each Mind is a World), a high school dropout prevention program for Latino students. "Carlos Santana has brought great credit and distinction to himself, through his profession and his commitment to the Hispanic community, in particular Hispanic youth," said Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. "He has used his success as a quintessential musician to create social change and elevate the minds of our youth." The Gala, Building Coalitions: A Kaleidoscope of Possibilities, will take place on September 15, 1999, at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. Geraldo Rivera, host of CNBC's Rivera Live and NBC correspondent, and Giselle Fernandez, former co-host of Access Hollywood, will serve as co-emcees. CHCI is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational 501 c (3) organization that administers educational programs for Hispanic college and post-graduate students. Their mission is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders. The toll free number to call for information about these educational opportunities is (800) EXCEL-DC. For further information regarding Santana, you can reach him on the worldwide web at www.santana.com.
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