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American Latino Influencer Awards Honor NV Leaders for their Work in Promoting the Vital Role of Latinos in U.S. History and Today

In addition to Honorees, U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller, Attorney General Catherine Cortes Masto will attend to receive a posthumous award on behalf of her father, Manuel J. Cortez.

LAS VEGAS, NV - This evening the Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), the only organization exclusively dedicated to the creation of a national Smithsonian American Latino Museum in our nation’s capital, will host its second American Latino Influencer Awards of the year. Held at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, with a host committee of over 30 Las Vegas cultural and political leaders, the awards will honor community pioneers who have dedicated their time and work in the public service, culture, and corporate sectors particularly for the betterment of the Latino community in Nevada.

"As we continue to promote the American Latino Museum campaign across the country, we are met with countless stories and individuals that embody the missing pages of our American history books," said Estuardo Rodriguez, executive director of the FRIENDS. "While we know one day we will open the doors to a Smithsonian American Latino Museum, we will not wait until then to honor the critical role of individuals like Manny Cortez to the history of Nevada and the nation as a whole."

The Las Vegas awards will recognize U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller, Tony Sanchez on behalf of NV Energy, and Nevada State Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto, will receive the award on behalf of her late father and Las Vegas visionary, Manuel J. Cortez. Chris Saldaña, anchor and reporter for Fox 5 Las Vegas will be the master of ceremonies.

The first of the American Latino Influencer Awards took place at Rice University in Houston earlier this year, and the series will go on to Miami, FL.

Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (www.americanlatinomuseum.org) Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, Inc., a 501(c)(3) incorporated in Washington, D.C., strives to create a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories by highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life.


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