Friday, September 14, 2007

CHCI Releases Agenda for 30th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Events

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) today announced the schedule for its 30th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Events with the theme "Hispanic America: A Legacy of Honor," taking place in Washington, DC, on September 30 - October 3, 2007. Highlighted by its Annual Awards Gala, CHCI will also host its 2007 Public Policy Conference, a Presidential Candidates Forum, Reyes of Comedy show, a performance by the East L.A. Classic Theatre, and its Ready to Lead Program with 200 local high school students.

Where: Washington, DC Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20001

CHCI 2007 Hispanic Heritage Month Events Agenda
Public Policy Conference
Reyes of Comedy Night
30th Annual Gala

Sunday, September 30, 2007
CHCI Welcome Reception Honoring House Congressional Committee Leaders:
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Location: 101 Constitution Ave, Rooftop

Monday, October 1, 2007
(all events at Washington DC Convention Center unless noted)
Opening Breakfast: "Celebration of Labor Leadership"
Honoring Linda Chavez Thompson
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Opening Plenary: "Paving the Way: Hispanic Women of Congress"
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Policy Summits 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
BANKING & FINANCE - Hon. Loretta Sanchez
EDUCATION A - Hon. Ruben Hinojosa
HEALTH A - Hon. Hilda Solis
MENTAL HEALTH - Hon. Grace F. Napolitano
WORKFORCE - Hon. Ed Pastor

Opening Lunch: "Lunch with Hispanic Senators"
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

General Session: "Leading Practices: Latinos Achieving in Education"
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Arts & Culture Reception
(Transportation provided to off-site location TBD)
Featuring East L.A. Classic Theater and founding member Tony Plana
"Much Ado About Nothing - Mariachi Style" and
"Romeo & Juliet: A Zoot Suit Musical"
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Expo / Continental Breakfast 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Policy Summits 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
CIVIL RIGHTS - Hon. Charles A. Gonzalez
EDUCATION B - Hon. Ruben Hinojosa
HEALTH B - Hon. Hilda Solis
TECHNOLOGY - Hon. Joe Baca
VETERANS - Hon. Ciro Rodriguez

Closing Plenary: "Achieving Comprehensive Immigration Reform:
Where Do We Go From Here?"
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Tribute to Veterans featuring Brigadier General Angela Salinas (invited)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Closing Lunch: "Latinos behind the Camera"
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Latina Leaders Celebration: Event Chair, Hon. Hilda Solis (CA-32)
2:00 p.m. -3:30 p.m.
Including: America Ferrera of ABC's "Ugly Betty" (invited), U.S. Olympian
Lisa Fernandez (invited), and Gloria Molina, LA County
Supervisor, among eight honorees

Reyes of Comedy Night @ The Warner Theatre
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Comedy Night lineup features:
Carlos Mencia - from Comedy Central's "Mind of Mencia"
Lisa Alvarado - from NBC's "Last Comic Standing"
Cheech Marin - Legendary Latino Comic, Actor, Director
Kiki Melendez - Creator of "Hot Tamales Live"
Alex Reymundo - Original Latin King of Comedy

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Alumni Breakfast featuring 10th and 20th Alumni Reunion
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Presidential Candidates Forum
Washington, DC Convention Center
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m

30th Annual Gala
Washington, DC Convention Center
5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
About Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

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 leaders and corporate executives. For more information call CHCI at (202) 543-1771 or visit

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