NCLR to Honor Advocates for America’s Hispanic Community At Its Annual Capital Awards Gala

February 27 2012


Julian Teixeira

(202) 776-1812


NCLR’s Capital Awards Celebrates Silver Anniversary

Washington—NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is hosting its twenty-fifth annual Capital Awards gala recognizing Democratic and Republican elected officials who have shown a consistent commitment to promoting legislation and public policies that benefit Hispanic Americans in their districts and throughout the country.

More than 750 Hispanic leaders, government officials, and community activists will be in attendance as NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía presents the awards to the 2012 recipients, Representative George Miller (D–CA) and Mayor Paul W. Bridge (R) of Uvalda, Georgia. Natalie Morales, news anchor for NBC’s TODAY, will serve as master of ceremonies.

NCLR will also present the 2012 Public Service Award to Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) for its efforts in helping children who have come to the United States without a parent or legal guardian and who are unable to find or afford an attorney to represent them in immigration proceedings.

The only Hispanic event that recognizes politicians from both sides of the aisle, the NCLR Capital Awards has previously paid tribute to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D–MA), Representative John Boehner (R–OH), and Representative Nancy Pelosi (D–CA).



Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR
Representative George Miller (D–CA)
Mayor Paul W. Bridges (R)
Natalie Morales, News Anchor, NBC’s TODAY

WHAT: 2012 NCLR Capital Awards Gala

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

National Building Museum
401 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

NOTE: A terrific photo opportunity!

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NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


Issues: NCLR Capital Awards
Geography:California, Far West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Texas