28th ANNUAL HISPANIC HERITAGE AWARDS, PRESENTED BY TARGET, TO BE BROADCAST NATIONALLY OCTOBER 9TH ON PBS
Legendary Actress and Singer Rita Moreno Hosted the Ceremony on September 17th At Washington D.C.’s Historic Warner Theatre
– The 2015 Hispanic Heritage Award Honorees Were Announced–
WASHINGTON, DC – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation 28th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, presented by Target, took place on September 17th at the Historic Warner Theatre and will broadcast October 9th on PBS during Hispanic Heritage Month. Legendary actress, singer and previous Hispanic Heritage Award Honoree Rita Moreno hosted the program and performed.
“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to partner with Target to honor yet another inspiring group of Latino leaders with our prestigious Hispanic Heritage Award and we are thrilled to be back on PBS to share our cultural pride, accomplishment and great promise with all of America,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO. “We are especially excited about this year’s celebration because it will be hosted by a past Hispanic Heritage Award recipient, Board Member and friend – the incomparable Rita Moreno. The evening will certainly be entertaining, meaningful and inspirational.”
The 2015 Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees in categories such as Education, Arts, STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math), Sports, Innovation, Healthcare, Legend and Inspira for youth were announced along with additional show details.
“PBS and our member stations are committed to offering programming that celebrates the diverse communities we serve, so we are thrilled to broadcast the Hispanic Heritage Awards for a second year,” said Paula Kerger, President and CEO of PBS. “The Hispanic Heritage Awards highlight the important contributions Latino Americans make to our nation, and we look forward to honoring this new group of 2015 award recipients.”
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. Categories for the 2015 Awards include Arts, Vision, Legend, Sports, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Leadership, Education, Inspira and more. Top Latino performers and personalities will 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.
Past Honorees have included Juan Luis Guerra, Rita Moreno, Placido Domingo, Celia Cruz, Antonio Banderas, Tito Puente, Anthony Quinn, Carlos Gutierrez, Juan Marichal, Los Tigres Del Norte, Ricky Martin, Juanes, Ruben Blades, Jose Feliciano, Isabel Allende, Alejandro Sanz, Oscar de la Hoya, America Ferrera, Gloria Estefan, Martin Sheen, Andy Garcia, Carlos Vives, and Zoe Saldana, among many others.
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 in the STEM, finance, education, media, and innovation fields. HHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information on the year-round, high-impact programs and work of HHF, including the Hispanic Heritage Awards, visit www.hispanicheritage.org.
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