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CHLI Honored Senator Roy Blunt, Congressman Pete Aguilar, & Rosa María Payá with Cuba Decide at CHLI’s Evening of Gratitude

By October 6, 2020January 10th, 2022No Comments

The Evening of Gratitude was a success! Thank you for your support of the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) programs.

CHLI Founder & Chairman, The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart started the program by thanking everyone for the support this year. In light of the pandemic, we recognized not only our honorees but also those who are bravely serving our country to keep us healthy and safe. The evening was dedicated to the doctors, nurses, first responders, farmworkers, mental health specialists, and teachers working on the front lines. We are grateful to you and your families.

“It was a privilege to participate in CHLI’s “Evening of Gratitude” honoring extraordinary leaders and thanking all who have contributed to CHLI’s success! My profound thanks to all who made the event possible!,” expressed Chairman Diaz-Balart.

We presented the Leadership in Public Service Awards to members of Congress who are committed to advancing the Hispanic community’s diversity of thought. CHLI Vice Chairmen Congressmen Mario Díaz-Balart (FL) and Henry Cuellar (TX) acknowledged and presented the awards to Senator Roy Blunt (MO) and Representative Pete Aguilar (CA).

The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of the CHLI Board presented the CHLI Ileana Ros-Lehtinen International Leadership Award to Rosa María Payá, leader of the Cuba Decide Initiative.

Throughout the program, we also shared the ways you can connect with and support CHLI. Programs highlighted were The CHLI Purple Line podcast, The CHLI Byte blog, and the voter education campaign, You Count, Let’s Vote.

Another way you can support the CHLI Global Leader Internship Program, at no additional cost to you, is by visiting AmazonSmile and selecting the “Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute” as your designated charity. Amazon will make a contribution on your behalf based on your purchases.

For those who were unable to join, you can watch the program below.

Thank you to Evening of Gratitude presenting sponsors Comcast|NBCUniversal|Telemundo and The Coca-Cola Company for your continued support especially during this global pandemic. A special thank you to the members and companies of the CHLI Executive Committee who have put in extra hours this year to plan for the smooth transition to virtual programs:

Chairman, The Honorable Lincoln Diaz-Balart; Vice Chairman, Congressman Henry Cuellar; Vice Chairman, Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart; Treasurer, John Hoel, Altria Client Services; Secretary, Emilio Gonzalez, Verizon; Governance Chair, Heather Kennedy, The Home Depot; Human Resources Chair, Leo Munoz, Comcast; Legal Counsel, Frank Cruz-Alvarez, Shook Hardy & Bacon.

Thank you to each of the companies that have supported CHLI this year to continue the Global Leaders Program, Communications Fellowship Program, Public Policy Hill Briefing Series, Future Leaders Conference, and Trade & International Affairs Symposium.

Presenting Sponsors: