Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Locos Por Juana Among Honorees at 2017 American Latino Influencer Awards Ceremony

The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino

Nov 29, 2017

(WASHINGTON, DC) - Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) announced today that they will honor the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) with the Vision Award for its 26 years of uplifting our community, it’s leaders, icons and cultural artists. They will receive the award jointly with the Miami-based Grammy-nominated band, Locos Por Juana, for their collaboration on #WeDreamAmerica, an initiative designed to highlight the patriotism and plight of our nation’s Dreamers. FRIENDS will also give special recognition to the thousands of courageous Hispanic military service members who, for generations, have protected the rights and freedoms enjoyed by the country we call home. The 2017 American Latino Influencer Awards ceremony (ALIAs) will take place on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel, located at The Wharf, in Washington, D.C. The annual Awards ceremony recognizes influential Latinos and Latinas whose work and contributions to American society underscore the need for a National Smithsonian American Latino Museum.

The honorees are visionaries and leaders, who have committed their time to advocate and empower the Latino community. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a Latino institution with its inception dating back to the Ronald Reagan Administration. Through its work, HHF has helped thousands of young Latino and Latinas prepare to enter the workforce and created programs that focus on some of America’s top career fields, including STEM, entrepreneurship, finance and media. HHF is also the home of the Hispanic Heritage Awards, which has consistently celebrated the amazing Latino and Latina cultural icons of our time. Additionally, in collaboration with Locos Por Juana, HHF has launched the “We Dream America” initiative to raise awareness of the over one million Dreamers living in the U.S. who know no other nation as their home and continue to live with uncertainty.

Locos Por Juana, a Grammy and Latin-Grammy nominated band, has also displayed their dedication to the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico by launching “Giving Solar Light to Puerto Rico,” a campaign that aims to bring light back to destroyed homes in Puerto Rico and the “Pal’ Caribe” music video that highlights the catastrophe caused by Hurricane Maria.

“Antonio Tijerino has led the Hispanic Heritage Foundation for more than decade. His tireless and unwavering commitment to raising up our next generation while celebrating our role models and icons as examples, is work that has had a lasting impact and inspired thousands,” said Estuardo Rodriguez, executive director at FRIENDS. “The collaboration with Locos Por Juana serves as a perfect example of how the arts has always played a central role for the Hispanic Heritage Awards in building up and advocating for the Latino community.”

Veterans Danny Vargas, FRIENDS Board Chair, and Representative Ruben Gallego (AZ-7) will pay a special tribute to our Hispanic military servicemen and women by inviting to the stage leading Latino and Latina military figures to accept the Valor Award. “Latinos have been playing a vital role in our nation's defense since before its very inception. From the Revolutionary War to the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, Latinos have been instrumental to our armed forces and their success. Therefore, it is only fitting that we honor the invaluable contributions Latinos has made to our military throughout our history and will continue to make in securing our liberties,” stated FRIENDS Board Chair Danny Vargas.

The ALIA’s will take place on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at The Intercontinental Hotel 801 Wharf Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024. For more information on the ALIAs and FRIENDS, visit http://americanlatinomuseum.org/.