CHLI Cultural Celebration of Mexico
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Posted by: Mary Ann Gomez
CHLI Cultural Celebration Honors Arturo Sarukhan, Mexican Ambassador to the United States and hosts the first international performance by the children musicians of Esperanza Azteca
Washington D.C., February 2, 2012- The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) honored Arturo Sarukhán, the Mexican Ambassador to the United States for his commitment, dedication and friendship to the U.S. – Hispanic community. Former Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Founder and Chairman of the CHLI presented Ambassador Sarukhan with the recognition at the conclusion of the musical performance by the children of Esperanza Azteca.
Held at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, DC on February 1 to an audience of dignitaries, elected officials, members of the international diplomatic community, and Hispanic organization leaders, the CHLI Cultural Celebration was highlighted by the performance of the youth string quartet.
The Esperanza Azteca Youth Project is spearheaded by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas Pliego to encourage excellence and self-esteem in youth through music. The program currently includes over 50 youth orchestras throughout Mexico.The musicians were accompanied by Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, Executive President of Fundación Azteca, and Julio Saldaña, Artistic Director of Esperanza Azteca. The performance was the internatioinal debut of the program and the first international traveling experience for the children as well. In a personal testimony by each child, they expressed their gratitude for Esperanza Azteca and shared how music as changed their lives and of their families.
The CHLI Cultural Celebration was the first of many more, that the organization plans to host, to celebrate and recognize the culture and the people of a Latin American country. In 2011 CHLI honored His Excellency Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico with the CHLI International Leadership Service Award at the CHLI Annual Awards and Gala.
A special thank you to the sponsors that made the evening possible: Azteca America, Facebook, Univision, Altria Client Services, The Coca-Cola Company, Heineken USA, and Corona.
About CHLI : The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI, pronounced "chili”) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, based in Washington, D.C., that advances the diversity of thought in the U.S. Hispanic community in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as in the international community. For more information, please visit www.chli.org or 202-347-8280.