Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Hispanic Federation to be Honored at 2017 American Latino Influencer Awards Ceremony

The Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino

Nov 28, 2017

(Washington, DC) - Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) announced today that they among their honorees this year will be the first Latina elected to Congress, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27), and one of the leading institutions in the effort to help Puerto Rico in its recovery, the Hispanic Federation, at the annual American Latino Influencer Awards ceremony (ALIAs) on Wednesday November 29, 2017 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C. The Awards ceremony recognizes influential Latino individuals and organizations to spotlight their work and influence in the U.S.

This year’s first two honorees are trailblazers, activists and are a staple in the American Latino narrative. As the first Hispanic woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and the most senior Representative from the state of Florida, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen has paved the way for other Latino Americans to become public servants. The Congresswoman is also the original Republican sponsor of the legislative efforts to create the American Latino Museum dating back to 2004.

The Hispanic Federation, founded in 1990, is a leading nonprofit organization that, for decades, has been advocating for the Latino community, and offers support in health, education, immigration and a variety of other issues impacting American Latinos. Through strong financial commitments and by providing tools of empowerment, the Hispanic Federation has helped millions of American Latinos thrive. Most recently, the Hispanic Federation has taken center stage, in partnership with Lin Manuel Miranda, in raising over $14 million dollars for the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. The needs continues to be great on the island and Hispanic Federation has been on the ground addressing the needs of our fellow Americans throughout.

“Under the leadership of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and the Hispanic Federation, the Latino community’s voice and story has been heard across the nation,” said Estuardo Rodriguez, executive director at FRIENDS. “We are grateful for their personal, professional and financial commitment to preserving the impact and influence of American Latinos across the nation. Their work only underscores the need for the creation of a national museum on our National Mall to share the American Latino story.”