September 10, 2005

HThe Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), a national, non-profit organization founded to advance the careers of Hispanics in the Communications industry, will host its PRemio Awards & Scholarship Dinner on Wednesday, October 19th at 6 p.m. at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles.

The PRemio Awards, HPRA’s largest fundraiser, brings together more than 200 specialists in the field of Communications to honor esteemed Hispanic professionals for their outstanding contributions in the areas of public relations, journalism, and arts & entertainment. HPRA also selects a corporation of the year to showcase the company that has made vast strides in their diversity practices and involvement in the Hispanic community. Most importantly, the organization will grant $10,000 in scholarships to outstanding undergraduate Hispanic students who are pursuing careers in public relations and related fields.

This year’s Premio Award honorees are:

-- Public Relations: Gisselle Acevedo Franco, president HOY Newspapers, Los Angeles
-- Journalism: Henry Alfaro, retired, KABC-TV Anchor, Los Angeles
-- Arts & Entertainment: Edward James Olmos and Marlene L. Dermer, directors of the Latino Film Festival
-- Corporation of the Year: Verizon Communications

“We are thrilled about the candidates selected as honorees this year because they truly represent the finest in Latino leadership,” said HPRA President and Associate Vice President for Euro RSCG Magnet Sandra Bernardo.

In addition to recognizing this year’s distinguished honorees and scholarship recipients, the evening’s program will include a keynote address by Margarita Thompson, press secretary for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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