MIAMI, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizacion Internacional de Teletones (Oritel), the governing body and parent organization of Fundacion Teleton, and its president, Mario Kreutzberger, paid tribute to Emilio Azcarraga Jean, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Grupo Televisa and Founder of Fundacion Teleton Mexico, at a star-studded gala dinner held last night at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach.
Oritel recognized Azcarraga Jean, one of the most notable executives of Spanish-language communications in the world, with its highest honor, the "Grand Order of Solidarity Award," for his steadfast support of Fundacion Teleton, his tireless humanitarian work and his commitment to children with disabilities.
Fundacion Teleton is dedicated to raising awareness on the topic of children and youth with disabilities, and encourages the exchange of experiences and knowledge to help children and young persons with disabilities complete their successful rehabilitation and integration to society.
"The work and leadership of Emilio Azcarraga Jean are admirable, and Oritel is thrilled to have honored him for all he has done to raise awareness of the challenges and needs of children with disabilities," said Kreutzberger, better known as Sabado Gigante's "Don Francisco."
"I am humbled by the honor that Oritel has conferred upon me, but most importantly, energized by the fact that our work has inspired and motivated so many others to help the less fortunate," Azcarraga Jean said. "I thank Oritel for this very special tribute that I forever cherish."
In addition, Oritel announced that it will join forces with Univision to create Teleton Univision in the United States. It will be the organization's fourteenth chapter globally. Fundacion Teleton currently oversees 13 chapters across Latin America.
"On behalf of the Univision family, I congratulate Emilio on this honor that speaks to his commitment to giving back," stated Univision Networks President Cesar Conde. "I am also proud that this year, in collaboration with Televisa and with the support of our very own Mario Kreutzberger, Teleton Univision will launch its historic effort on our flagship network, and we will invest the money raised to help children in our communities throughout the United States. We will dedicate our leading media platforms to this important cause which is in line with our mission to empower the Hispanic community in the United States."
Over 700 VIPs from around the United States and Latin America attended the emotional tribute where guests also enjoyed sensational performances by Marc Anthony and Alejandro Fernandez.
Oritel's mission is to improve the aid for persons with physical disabilities in our continent, as well as look for the resources needed to offer them specialized, quality services for their treatment and rehabilitation, so they can achieve a holistic integration to society. The mission referred to as "Teleton," was created in 1978 by host Mario Kreutzberger (Don Francisco) in his native Chile, where he headed a 24-hour television program to help raise funds for the creation of rehabilitation centers for children and youth in the country. Twenty years later, the first international chapter for this effort was born to promote regional cooperation for disability awareness and to ensure that the proper services would become available throughout the continent. Today, Oritel is comprised of more than 90 rehabilitation centers in more than 12 countries, whose mission is to promote the development of services for persons with disabilities, from its medical network and technical training and coverage to technology integration, putting the organization on the path to becoming one of the largest humanitarian efforts in the world over the next few years. For more information, visit: www.oritel.org.
SOURCE Organizacion Internacional de Teletones (Oritel)