Carlos Santana to Receive Congressional Medallion of Excellence As Supernatural Moves Top Five

Santana Makes an Appearance on The Tonight Show

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Sep 08, 1999, 01:00 ET from Carlos Santana

    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

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