Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) announced today that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will participate in CHCIs 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month festivities in Washington D.C.
First Lady Michelle Obama will address the Morning Plenary—Americas Promise: The Impact of Healthcare Reform at CHCIs 2010 Public Policy Conference on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 from 9:00 to 10:45 am at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. She will deliver remarks about the Lets Move! initiative and its goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. President Barack Obama, joined by the First Lady, will address more than 3,000 guests at CHCIs 33rd Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm.
Chair Nydia Velazquez will present the 2010 CHCI Chairs Award to In the Heights Broadway composer and Tony-winning songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda. The 2010 Medallion of Excellence for Leadership and Community Service Awards will be presented to actress Eva Longoria Parker and jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, in recognition of their contributions to the Latino community. Grammy-nominated percussionist Sheila E. will headline Gala entertainment. Latin pop sensation Irving “PeeWee” Salinas will open the show and sing the national anthem. CHCIs 2009 Medallion awardee and CNN special correspondent Soledad OBrien will celebrity host the evenings events.
CHCIs Hispanic Heritage Month theme, Celebrating History, Heritage, and the American Dream, commemorates the 200th anniversary of independence for many Central and South American countries and the 400th anniversary of the founding of Santa Fe in 1610. The contributions, struggles, challenges, and successes of the Latino community across the nation will be highlighted throughout the week.