SOURCE: Ford Motor Company Fund

Ford Motor Company Fund

September 30, 2013 18:46 ET

Ford Motor Company Fund rinde honores al National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts y a sus co-fundadores

WASHINGTON, DC --(Marketwired - 30 de septiembre de 2013) -

  • Se le presentará premio en la 17ª noche de gala anual en Washington
  • Serán honrados algunos co-fundadores de NHFA, entre ellos, los actores, Jimmy Smits y Esai Morales
  • La donación de $25,000 de Ford Fund beneficiará al National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts

Ford Motor Company Fund ha anunciado hoy un nuevo programa de premios para honrar a los que trabajan por lograr hacer una diferencia en la comunidad hispana. En este primer año del premio, el National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts y sus co-fundadores, los actores, Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Sonia Braga y Merel Julia, así como Félix Sánchez, abogado en Washington, recibirán un homenaje por su labor de ampliar la presencia y la influencia de los hispanos en las artes y en la industria del entretenimiento.

También le será otorgado un premio de $25,000 a NHFA en reconocimiento por su papel en promover el avance de los hispanos en la industria del arte y el entretenimiento.

A $25,000 grant also will be awarded to NHFA in recognition for its role in leading the advancement of Latinos in arts and entertainment. The award and grant will be presented at the foundation's 17th Annual Noche de Gala today at the Renaissance Mayflower hotel in Washington. The Noche de Gala dinner is underwritten by Ford.

"When we started NHFA, our mission was to promote Latino talent both in front of and behind the camera," said Jimmy Smits. "We are proud of what we have accomplished; however, there is still much left to do. We are grateful to Ford for recognizing and supporting our efforts."

The NHFA co-founders have worked to secure thousands of scholarships for Latino youth pursuing careers in the arts and entertainment fields. They have dedicated countless hours to support the foundation and its goal to make the organization a leader in opening doors for up-and-coming Latino talent.

"Ford has been a proud supporter of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts for more than a decade," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. "We hope this new award will inspire the involvement of other public figures to support the Latino community." 

Future recipients of this recognition will receive a $25,000 grant from Ford Fund at NHFA's annual event for a nonprofit of his or her choice. The award must be used for a community program that aligns with Ford Fund's priorities: driver safety, education and community life.

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