MARCH OF DIMES TO HONOR LATINO LEADERS AND AMERICA ON SEPTEMBER 12;...

MARCH OF DIMES TO HONOR LATINO LEADERS AND AMERICA ON SEPTEMBER 12; RAISE AWARENESS OF HEALTH RISKS LATINO BABIES FACE



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ADVISORY…for Thursday (Sept. 12)

WHAT:

March of Dimes to hold the seventh annual A Salud De Los Niños Awards Gala to honor community leaders who have balanced their personal and professional lives and have positively impacted the Latino community. Funds raised help support March of Dimes programs such as Comenzando bien and Proyecto Salud Latina, which serve Latino families in Southern California.

WHO:

Honorees

— Doctor Fernando J. Guerra, Director, Center For the Study of Los Angeles – Loyola Marymount University

— Kathleen A. Torres, M.P.H.

— Renan Almendarez-Coello (el “Cucuy” de la Mañana)

— The De Cardenas family, founders and owners of Cacique, Inc.

Hosts

— Ruth Livier and Mauricio Mendoza, stars of Showtime’s “Resurrection Blvd.”

Special Guests

— Aliza Lifshitz, M.D., “La Doctora Aliza” of Univision and La Opinion

— March of Dimes Ambassadors, Alma V. Marquez & Hector Herrera will share a personal story about their daughter, Miquitzli, born at 25 weeks of pregnancy.

— Actress Carmen Zapata

— Special performance by the Los Angeles Music & Art School Youth Chorus

— Chief Greg Gibson, Los Angeles Fire Department, who will deliver the invocation

WHEN:

Thursday, September 12

6:00 PM — Reception

7:00 – 8:00 PM — Dinner, Awards presentation and Chorus performance

WHERE:

Millennium Biltmore Hotel

506 South Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90071

INFO:

The March of Dimes is a national, voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes carries out this mission through programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy. The Southern California Chapter serves more than 22 million people, and has divisions in Greater Los Angeles, San Diego-Imperial County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. For more information, please call 213/637-5050, the national Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Center at 888/MODIMES, or go to http://www.marchofdimes.com or http://www.nacersano.org.

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CONTACT:

March of Dimes

Anita D. Roark

213/637-5058

213/400-3667 (cellular)

or

Conexion Public Relations

Gaby Kabrins

310/689-7305

310/748-4229 (cellular)

MARCH OF DIMES TO HONOR LATINO LEADERS AND AMERICA ON SEPTEMBER 12; RAISE AWARENESS OF HEALTH RISKS LATINO BABIES FACE