NCLR Capital Awards
NCLR HONORED ADVOCATES FOR AMERICA’S HISPANIC COMMUNITY
AT ITS 2013 ANNUAL CAPITAL AWARDS GALA
On Tuesday, March 5, 2013, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) hosted its 26th annual Capital Awards gala recognizing elected officials from both sides of the aisle who have shown a consistent commitment to promoting legislation and public policies that benefit Hispanic Americans among their constituencies and throughout the country.
More than 700 leaders, government officials, and community activists were in attendance as NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía and NCLR Board members presented the awards to the 2013 recipients: New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg and California Attorney General, Kamala Harris. Honored speakers, including Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Representative Mario Díaz-Balart (R–FL, 25th District), and Representative Rúben Hinojosa (D–TX, 15th District), also addressed guests. Jim Avila, ABC news correspondent, served as the master of ceremonies.
NCLR presented the 2013 Public Service Award to two recipients this year: Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas and the youth-led advocacy organization United We Dream which seeks to ensure higher education opportunities for all.
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In 2012, NCLR proudly honored Representative George Miller (D–CA) and Mayor Paul W. Bridges (R) of Uvalda, Georgia, for their support of and commitment to policy issues critical to Hispanic Americans. NCLR also presented the Capital Award for Public Service to the legal advocacy organization, Kids In Need of Defense (KIND).
As the only Hispanic event of its kind, the NCLR Capital Awards has previously paid tribute to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D–MA), Representative John Boehner (R–OH), Representative Nancy Pelosi (D–CA), Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R–FL), and many more.
Click here for a full description of this event and a listing of past honorees.