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Hispanic/Latino Commission to Host Hispanic Heritage Recognition Event and Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Dinner September 24 in East Lansing

Contact: Vicki Levengood 517-241-7978
Agency: Civil Rights

Lansing, MI—The Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) today announced the 15th Annual Hispanic Heritage Recognition Event and the 18th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Dinner will take place on Tuesday, September 24th at the Kellogg Center, 219 East Harrison Road in East Lansing.

Along with HLCOM, co-hosts for this year’s dinner and recognition ceremony are the Michigan Hispanic Legislative Caucus and the Capital Area Cesar E. Chavez Commission. At the event, Michigan’s outstanding Hispanic leaders will be honored and promising Hispanic students will be awarded scholarships.

“Michigan is home to growing and vibrant Hispanic Latino communities, and those communities are producing world-class leaders for today and tomorrow,” said HLCOM Executive Director Marylou Mason. “It is important that we recognize these talented individuals who are working to improve life for their neighbors, their communities, and for all Michigan citizens.”

The dinner and recognition ceremony begin at 6 pm. Tickets for the event are $35 per person or $280 a table. To purchase, contact Vicky Garcia at 517-373-8339.

Also on September 24, the HLCOM will host the fourth annual Hispanic Legislative Advocacy Day at the state Capitol in Lansing, from 9 am to 4 pm. The effort will bring together representatives from Hispanic/Latino organizations, state and nationally-recognized leaders, activists, students and volunteers to meet with state lawmakers about core concerns of Michigan’s Hispanic and Latino citizens, including education, access to health care, racial profiling, barriers to obtaining drivers’ licenses and economic development.

These events are part of HLCOM’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, 2013. To see a schedule of events, or for more information about HLCOM, visit www.michigan.gov/mdcr and click on “Other Commissions”.

The Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan was created in 1975 to represent the interests of Michigan's Hispanic and Latino population – one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups in the state. The Commission, made up of 15 individuals appointed by the Governor, advises the Governor and state legislature on policy matters and serves Michigan’s Hispanic and Latino population by fostering and celebrating their achievements and promoting their development and welfare.

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