WASHINGTON, D.C.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – U.S. Newswire)–May 7, 2003–Nueva Esperanza, Inc., will host the 2003 National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 15 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. ET at the Capitol Hilton in Washington, D.C., it was announced today.
President George W. Bush has been invited to headline the prayer breakfast, and U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tommy G. Thompson, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will be featured speakers. Rev. Luis Cortés, founder and president of Nueva Esperanza, Inc., will serve as moderator of the event. Under his leadership, Nueva Esperanza has become one of the leading voices for Hispanic Americans in the nation.
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Mel Martinez, community and industry leaders will kick off the historic two-day conference at a reception on May 14 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Secretary Martinez will discuss President Bush’s minority homeownership initiative and how it provides opportunity for the Latino community.
After the prayer breakfast, on May 15 at approximately 9:30 a.m., HHS Secretary Thompson will join Rev. Cortés at a news conference to announce Pacto de Esperanza (Pledge of Hope), the first national HIV/AIDS education initiative targeted toward the Hispanic faith community. (Several Hispanic clergy members who have signed the pact will join Thompson and Cortés at the press conference.)
Other activities on May 15 will include a bilingual worship service, from 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m., and an evening concert, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., featuring popular Latino musicians and entertainers. The internationally acclaimed musicians will also perform during the prayer breakfast program.
All events will take place at the Capitol Hilton, located at 1001 16th Street, N.W. (corner of 16th and K Streets, NW). Tel: (202) 393-1000.
NOTE: All of the events listed above are open press. Media representatives who wish to cover these events must have official press credentials and a photo ID. Press registration will take place on-site just prior to the events. Camera pre-set will take place before the security sweep. For updates and additional information, please visit our Web site: http://www.esperanza.us. Or you may contact Kirsten Fedewa at (703) 684-3339 or Peggy Ellis at (703) 739-4582. For technical assistance, please contact Mel Lukens at (202) 861-0877.