50th Anniversary César Chavez Legacy Awards Coming This Month!

2016 Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards

2016 Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards

“We invite you to join us in celebrating 50 years of justice, opportunity and change at our milestone Legacy Awards Gala. The celebration will bring together national and local Latino leaders from every sector of business, government, labor and education, and promises to be as entertaining as it will be inspiring.”-César Chavez Foundation

On Thursday, March 31st, at Los Angeles’ legendary Millennium Biltmore Hotel, please join the Los Angeles Beat as we help to celebrate the 2016 César Chavez Legacy Awards!  This year marks the 50th anniversary of the United Farm Workers Union, as well as what would have been the 89th birthday of the celebrated Mexican-American labor leader and civil rights activist who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later known as the United Farm Workers Union).

Cesar Chavez 2016 Legacy Awards Gala Honorees.

Cesar Chavez 2016 Legacy Awards Gala Honorees.

This important annual event recognizes and honors individuals whose work actively promotes the welfare of our community and its citizens. In this matter, Chavez noted: “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community. Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”

This year’s Keynote Speaker is Los Angeles Major Eric Garcetti, and its honorees are Senator Dianne Feinstein (United States Senate), Mario Lopez (celebrated actor, television host and author) and Maria Teresa Kumar (founding President & CEO of Voto Latino).

The gala will be held in one of our city’s “crown jewels” of architectural achievement: the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  Originally known as the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, it had its grand opening in 1923 and was once the largest hotel west of Chicago, Illinois.  This legendary hotel was designated a Los Angeles Historic/Cultural Monument in 1969.

With  interiors decorated with frescos, murals, lead crystal chandeliers, fine artisan marquetry and heavily embroidered imported tapestries, the hotel has 70,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space and will host this year’s gala in its exquisite Crystal Ballroom.

Interior of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Interior of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Image courtesy of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel and Sony Discovery. Copyright 2016.

Reserve your table now for the 2016 César Chavez Legacy Awards Gala: http://César Chavez Legacy Awards Gala

PAST CESAR CHAVEZ LEGACY AWARD HONOREES:
Miguel Contreras, Executive Secretary/Treasurer Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
Edward James Olmos
Coretta Scott King
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Antonia Hernández
Ed Begley, Jr.
The Kennedy Family
Raul Yzaguirre, Presidential Professor of Practice, Community Development and Civil-Rights Arizona State University
Hillary Rodham Clinton
The California Labor Movement Organization
Antonio Villaraigosa
Frank J. Quevedo,  Vice President of Equal Opportunity for Southern California Edison
Dan Guerrero, Producer
Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J, Priest and Founder of Homeboy Industries
Mark Guerrero, Musician
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Monica Lozano, Publisher and CEO of La Opinión
Carlos Santana
Howard Berman, Member of the United States House of Representatives for California
Ricardo Montalbán
Janet Murguía, NCLR President and CEO
Hilda Solis,  Former United States Secretary of Labor
Cheech Marin
Sister Jennie Lechtenberg, Founder of Puente Learning Center
Maria Elena Durazno, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County-Federation of Labor
Luis Valdez, Playwright and Director
Kenneth Salazar, Former United States Secretary of Interior
Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader and Co-Founder of the United Farm Workers
Richard Chavez, Labor Leader
Thomas Saenz, President of Mexican-American Legal Defense Education Fund
Diego Luna, Actor
Pablo Cruz
Michael Peña
Rosario Dawson
America Ferrera
Jacob Vargas, Actor
John Malkovich
Herb Wesson, Los Angeles City Council member
Kris Kristofferson
Jim Plunkett
Mily Trevino-Sauceda, Co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
Walt Disney Company

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A native of Southern California, Shirley Pena began her career as a music journalist over a decade ago, writing for her websites "Stars In My Eyes:the Girlhowdy Website" and "La Raza Rock!" and progressed to creating various fan sites on Yahoo, including the first for New Zealand singer/songwriter Tim Finn. From there, she became a free agent, arranging online interviews for Yahoo fan clubs with various music artists (Andy White, John Crawford, Debora Iyall, John Easdale, etc.). She also lent her support in creating and moderating a number of Yahoo fan clubs for various music artists from the 1990s-today. As a music journalist, Shirley Pena has contributed to a number of magazines (both hard copy and online), among them:Goldmine, American Songwriter, the Fresno Examiner, The Blacklisted Journalist and UK-based Keyboard Player (where she was a principal journalist). A self-confessed "fanatic" of 1960s "British Invasion" bands, Classic Rock and nostalgic "Old Hollywood ", she also keeps her finger on the pulse of current trends in music, with a keen eye for up and coming artists of special merit. Shirley Pena loves Los Angeles, and is thrilled to join the writing staff of The Los Angeles Beat!
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