Hispanic/Latino Commission to Host Hispanic Heritage Recognition Event and Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Dinner September 17 in Lansing

Contact: LARA Communications 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

September 12, 2014

Lansing, MI — The Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) today announced the 16th Annual Hispanic Heritage Recognition Event and the 19th Annual Cesar E. Chavez Commemorative Dinner will take place on Wednesday, September 17th at the Radisson Hotel, 111 N. Grand Avenue, 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 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 6:30pm. Tickets for the event are $35 per person or $280 a table. To purchase, contact Vicky Garcia at 517-373-8339.

On September 23, the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan will host the fifth annual Hispanic Legislative Advocacy Day at the Capitol in Lansing, from 9 am to 3:30 pm. The effort will bring together representatives from Hispanic/Latino organizations, state and national leaders, activists, students and volunteers to meet with lawmakers about key 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, 2014. 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.