FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2012
Honored For Their Outstanding Service And Commitment To The Latino Community
-The National Hispanic Media Coalition ("NHMC") celebrated its annual Washington, D.C. Impact Awards Reception last night at the National Association of Broadcasters' headquarters. During the celebration, Senator Robert Menendez and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard were honored with Impact Awards for their outstanding service and commitment to the Latino community.
|NHMC CEO & President Alex Nogales (Left), Congresswoman Roybal-Allard (Center), Senator Menendez (Right)
"Senator Menendez and Congresswoman Roybal-Allard have been ahead of the curve when it comes to developing policy that will positively impact the Latino community. Between the two of them are decades of public service, including almost 40 years of service in the U.S. Congress. We are pleased to offer them our thanks and recognition," comments Alex Nogales, President & CEO of NHMC.
"Our work in Washington, D.C. would be that much more difficult without the friendly ears and open doors of leaders like Senator Menendez and Congresswoman Roybal-Allard. We are looking forward to continuing to work with both of them in the future," adds Jessica Gonzalez, Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs of NHMC.
The National Association of Broadcasters, Google, Fox Deportes, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Audience Strategies, MundoFOX, and Entravision Communications Corporation were all reception sponsors. A number of other donors also provided generous support for the event. Their tax-deductible gifts to the National Hispanic Media Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, support NHMC's mission.
About the Honorees
|Senator Menendez (Left), NHMC Policy Counsel Michael Scurato (Right)
has earned a reputation of a fighter for New Jersey families who puts their wellbeing ahead of powerful special interests. In 1993, he became a U.S. Congressman. He was sworn into the U.S. Senate in 2006 and quickly rose to a leadership position. He currently serves on the Senate Committees on Finance; Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; and Foreign Relations. Senator Menendez is also the Chairman of the Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development; and the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Global Narcotics Affairs. Senator Menendez has led the country on a number of important issues, including encouraging safe and healthy families. Notably, he has led efforts to educate children on the importance of Internet safety. As one of the few Latinos in the U.S. Senate, Senator Menendez has been a consistent, vocal champion against hate speech in media.
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard
|Congresswoman Roybal-Allard (Left), NHMC Vice President, Policy & Legal Affairs, Jessica Gonzalez (Right)
was the first Mexican American woman elected to Congress in 1992. Since then, she has nobly represented the 34th Congressional District, which encompasses downtown Los Angeles and East Los Angeles. Throughout her tenure in public service, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard has remained committed to expanding opportunities for residents of her district and working families throughout the country. She champions efforts to increase access to health care, create affordable housing, modernize and upgrade public schools, improve school safety, increase the federal minimum wage, reduce the high Latino drop-out rates, preserve Social Security and Medicare, and stimulate economic growth to create new jobs. Among other firsts, she is the first Latina in U.S. history appointed to the powerful Appropriations Committee, where she serves on two important sub-committees.
Additional photos of the event are available upon request.
The National Hispanic Media Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit, media advocacy and civil rights organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Its mission is to educate and influence media corporations on the importance of including U.S. Latinos at all levels of employment. It augments the pool of Latino talent with its professional development programs. It challenges media that carelessly exploit negative Latino stereotypes. It scrutinizes and opines on media and telecommunications policy issues. Learn more at https://www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on Facebook and Twitter @NHMC.