On Wednesday, September 13, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and CHCI Chair Congressman Joaquín Castro will present Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cástulo de la Rocha CHCI Medallion of Excellence awards at the 40th Anniversary Awards Gala in Washington D.C. Sandra Cisneros will receive the 2017 Chair’s Award.
CHCI’s highest honor, the Medallion of Excellence, is bestowed upon individuals who are Hispanic American role models and exemplify unparalleled accomplishments, civic leadership, and service to the greater American society.
“Lin-Manuel Miranda and Cástulo de la Rocha have both made powerful contributions to our nation and changed countless lives. We are honored to recognize them, especially as we celebrate CHCI’s 40th anniversary,” said Congressman Joaquín Castro, chairman, CHCI.
“Lin-Manuel has inspired many Americans through his work and advocacy, and he has challenged us to embrace our common humanity along the way. Cástulo has spent a lifetime dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to underserved communities,” he continued.
Sandra Cisneros will be honored for her prominent writing career that spans more than 40 years and her lasting effect on both the Latino community and the greater American society.
“Sandra Cisneros has been a strong voice for the Latino community through her writing. She has mastered the art of poignant storytelling and her works illustrate real life—joys and heartbreak, strength and determination—while encouraging a spirit of kindness and generosity toward all people. Both on and off the page, Sandra is a voice of activism, positive change, and most importantly—hope,” said Congressman Castro.
Sandra will receive the 2017 Chair’s Award.
CHCI 40th Anniversary Awards Gala
Wednesday, September 13 – Washington Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m.
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