Emmy Award-Winning Univision News Anchor Maria Elena Salinasto Serve as Celebrity Host of Hispanic Heritage Month's Most Prestigious Event
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) announced today that Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, will serve as its exclusive media partner for the 35th Anniversary Awards Gala on Thursday, September 13, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The event, themed "CHCI at 35: Keeping the Founders' Promise" is the largest and most prestigious in the Latino community, gathering more than 2,500 of the most powerful leaders in support of CHCI's leadership development programs and educational services for Latino youth and young professionals. Emmy Award-winning Univision News anchor and 2006 CHCI Chair's Award recipient Maria Elena Salinas will serve as celebrity host of the Gala, where CHCI will present its highest honors, the Medallion of Excellence Awards and its Chair's Award, as well as pay tribute to its 35 years of successfully developing the next generation of Latino leaders.
"CHCI is thrilled to continue its work with Univision to celebrate more than three decades of supporting Latino youth in their academic pursuits," said Esther Aguilera, CHCI President & CEO. "Univision's ongoing support of CHCI demonstrates the company's commitment to educating and preparing America's fastest-growing demographic so that they may become the leaders of tomorrow and help ensure the future success of our nation."
The gala partnership adds to CHCI's long-standing relationship with Univision's Es El Momento initiative and complements Univision's support of CHCI programs and events throughout the year. Univision has supported CHCI for more than a decade and currently sponsors CHCI's Ready to Lead® program for high school students. The company also has served as a long-time media partner with CHCI, producing public service announcements promoting its scholarship, fellowship and internship programs, and providing other in-kind support to the organization.
"Univision is proud to once again partner with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute as part of our long-standing partnership with CHCI and our 50 year legacy of service to the Hispanic community and investing in our youth," said Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks. "Through the work of CHCI and of our Es El Momento initiative, we are able to provide the resources our youth needs to further their education goals."
CHCI programs serve nearly 1,700 young Latinos annually. Many are first in their family to go to college, and the majority comes from families with annual incomes of less than $45,000. CHCI's unique model of educational services and leadership development – promoting college readiness, supporting college attainment and providing direct access to the most powerful network of Latino leadership – helps ensure career success and has put thousands of young people on a pathway to achieving the American Dream.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(c) (3) organization, provides leadership development programs and educational services to students and young emerging leaders. The CHCI Board of Directors is comprised of Hispanic members of Congress, nonprofit, union, and corporate leaders. For more information call CHCI at (202) 543-1771, visit www.chci.org, or join us on Facebook, Twitter (chci), and LinkedIn.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country reaching 96% of U.S. Hispanic households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 88% of U.S. Hispanic households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavision, the country's leading Spanish-language cable network, as well as Univision telenovelas, a new 24-hour cable network dedicated to novelas, Univision Deportes Network, a new 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports and a suite of six cable offerings - De Pelicula, De Pelicula Clasico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Clasico TV; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company's platforms; Univision Television Group, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Hispanic radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive Media, a network of national and local online and mobile sites including Univision.com, which continues to be the #1 most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. online Hispanics, Univision Movil, a longstanding industry-leader with unique, relevant mobile products and services, and Univision Partner Group, a specialized advertising and publisher network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit www.univision.net.
SOURCE Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute