The 30th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards took place on September 14, 2017 in Washington, DC! This year’s honorees were announced in the Spring. The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan to commemorate the creation of Hispanic Heritage Month in America. Since that time, the Hispanic Heritage Awards are considered among the highest honors for Hispanics by Hispanics. Top Latino performers and personalities pay tribute to the Honorees from the stage. The Awards are unique in that celebrities take the stage along with educators, innovators, community and business leaders, elected officials, and others. The Awards are supported by nearly 40 national Hispanic-serving institutions who co-host the program. Surrounding events include an Honorees Dinner, Youth Leadership Summit and festive After-Party.
Past Honorees include: Anthony Quinn, Alejandro Sanz, Ricky Martin, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Placido Domingo, Isabel Allende, Juan Luis Guerra, Zoe Saldana, Juanes, US Reps Ileana Ros Lehtinen and Xavier Becerra, Oscar de la Hoya, Mana, Rosario Dawson, Los Tigres Del Norte, America Ferrera, Olga Tañon, Pedro Martinez, Arturo Sandoval, Eva Longoria, Antonio Banderas, Pepe Aguilar, Carlos Vives, and Rita Moreno, to name a few.
The Awards serve as a launch of HHF’s year-round award-winning programs which inspire, identify, prepare and position Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities. HHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
This year’s honorees included:
Gael Garcia Bernal – Vision Award presented by The Walt Disney Company
Rudy Beserra – Leadership Award presented by The Coca-Cola Company
The Latin Recording Academy – Arts Awards presented by Southwest Airlines
Alba Colon – STEM Awards presented by ExxonMobil
Luis Fonsi – Trailblazer Award presented by Target
DREAMers – Inspira Award presented by the America Federation of Teachers
The Awards are unique in that celebrities take the stage alongside physicians, scientists, educators, innovators, public officials, community and business leaders, and even young leaders. Surrounding events include an intimate honorees’ dinner the night before, a festive after-party and an energizing Youth Leadership Summit.As we again celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we welcome a new class of honorees on September 14th, 2017 in front of a black-tie audience of 1,800 influential guests, including White House officials, members of Congress, ambassadors, and representatives from 40 national Hispanic organizations who co-hosted the program. The evening will feature a moving stage production with today’s hottest Latino entertainers that paid tribute to the honorees.
Sponsors have the unique opportunity to share the stage and make an indelible impression on the Latino community in and out of the theatre through cross-promotional opportunities, packaging of the Awards as an educational tool distributed by HHF and through HHF’s year-round programs. The Awards serve as the launch of HHF’s year-round mission to inspire, identify, prepare and position Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.
The Awards are covered by the national and international media and have traditionally been broadcasted on network television and Armed Forces Network. Stay tuned for the air date.