Awards Gala Host
Wednesday, September 13 – Washington Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate achievement and commemorate four decades of empowering Latinos to lead in every sector of American life. Our Awards Gala is the largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic nonpartisan, public and private sector leaders and supporters in the nation. For one special evening, these individuals gather to honor the tremendous accomplishments of the Latino community. CHCI’s Awards Gala is the perfect ending to our Hispanic Heritage Month events and an incredible kick-off for the national observation of Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins on September 15.
This year, CHCI will be celebrating its 40th anniversary during the Awards Ceremony. As we recognize this milestone, we will highlight Hispanic culture and heroes with live entertainment and the Medallion of Excellence Honorees and the 2017 Chair’s Award Honoree.
CHCI’s unwavering mission is to develop the next generation of Latino leaders by providing opportunities for educational attainment and leadership development. It was instilled by our founders and continues to guide our every decision as we strive to put more young Latinos on the pathway to the American Dream. We invite you to celebrate our accomplishments and support our future efforts at the 40th Anniversary Awards Gala.
5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
40th Anniversary Awards Gala Chair’s Private Reception (By invitation only)
5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
CHCI 40th Anniversary Awards Gala General Reception (Open to all Gala guests)
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
CHCI 40th Anniversary Awards Gala
8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Gala Entertainment Finale (Open to all Gala guests)
10:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Post-Gala Celebration (Open to all Gala guests)
CHCI Announces its 2017 Medallion of Excellence Honorees and the 2017 Chair’s Award Honoree
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and its Chair Congressman Joaquín Castro announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cástulo de la Rocha will each receive a CHCI Medallion of Excellence award at the upcoming CHCI 40th Anniversary Awards Gala in the nation’s capital on Wednesday, September 13.
Honoring a prominent writing career that spans more than 40 years and her lasting positive effect on both the Latino community and the greater American society, Congressman Joaquín Castro, CHCI Chair, has announced his selection for the 2017 Chair’s Award—Sandra Cisneros.
Awards Gala Entertainment Finale
Showcasing Special Guest – Paulina Rubio
Multi-talented singing sensation takes center stage for a private performance.
Singer, record producer, presenter, actress, model and Mexican businesswoman, Paulina began her musical career as a member of the Timbiriche group in 1981, from which she separated in 1991 after having recorded ten studio albums.
In the 1990s, she prepared her solo career and signed a contract with EMI, with whom she released four studio albums that proved to have considerable success in the Mexican territory. The Golden Girl, Paulina’s debut album, sold one million units after several re-releases over the years in countries like Mexico, the United States and Spain.
In 2000, Rubio signed with Universal Music Group. She then released Paulina (2000), which sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide a year after its publication and helped Paulina gain considerable recognition in Europe and Asia as well as North and South America. Today, Paulina has sold over 1.3 million copies.
After Paulina’s success, she released her sixth studio album (the second under Universal) and the first English-language album, Border Girl (2002), which went Gold in the U.S. In 2004 and in 2006 she released her next studio albums, Pau-Latina and Ananda, respectively, which consolidated her among the most important artists in the Latin American region. In 2009 Paulina released Gran City Pop and in 2011 she published Brava!
Paulina Rubio has sold more than 8 million albums, which makes her one of the most successful Spanish speaking artists in history. Various media outlets such as Univision and Terra Networks have included her among the most influential Latin celebrities.
Paulina has been a host/judge on numerous international TV shows including the X Factor, The Voice and most recently La Apuesta with Televisa. She has experience in modeling and acting and is positioned as the most followed Mexican celebrity on twitter with more than 10 million followers.
Facebook – 4,747,530 Likes
Twitter – 11.3 Million Followers
Instagram – 774,000 Followers
Spotify – 3,287,672 Monthly Listeners