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ORANGE COUNTY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 – Hispanic 100 Foundation is pleased to announce EMMY Award-winning journalist, Elizabeth Espinosa as hostess for the 6th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Gala honoring Danny Trejo.  The Gala will take place onOctober 3, 2015 at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach starting at 6:00 pm. The Lifetime Achievement Award Gala is Hispanic 100’s largest fundraising event with proceeds benefiting the Foundation’s Mentor Program. Texas Governor, Rick Perry, will be delivering the keynote address.

Elizabeth Espinosa is a Southern California newscaster and TV anchor on KTLA-TV 5 and PBS SoCal. She is heard daily on iHeart Radio “Thompson & Espinosa”-on KFI-AM 640 from 1PM-3PM. Espinosa is the first and only Latina talk-radio host-on LA and OC’s popular talk radio station KFI-AM640. She previously had her own talk show on CNN and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey to participate in “Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star” on the OWN Network.

We cannot fully succeed in our country unless we choose to use our life to help others and give back what we have been given. We have a responsibility to raise our young–especially our Hispanic youth. We need to inspire them — we need to remind them of who they are. My experience tells me that mentoring is often left to chance for some, but we need to ensure all youth who need a mentor have access to one. There is nobody more nurtured and prepared to lead us into an exemplary future than the Hispanic 100 Foundation Mentor program,” said Espinosa.

This year Hispanic 100 Foundation honors actor Danny Trejo.  Trejo has starred in dozens of blockbuster and cult classic hits such as Sons of Anarchy, Desperado, Heat, From Dusk Till Dawn, Con Air, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the Spy Kids movies, Grindhouse, Machete, Machete Kills and many others.

Past Hispanic 100 Lifetime Achievement Award honorees include actor and activist Esai Morales; chair of the Board, US Hispanic Media, Inc., Monica Lozano; singer, Vicky Carr; actor, Tony Plana and the Oscar nominated actor Edward James Olmos.

The Hispanic 100 Foundation wishes to thank this year’s Gala sponsors AAA, AltaMed, Allstate, AT&T, Chase Bank, Chevron, Chisme Inc., Coca-Cola, Concordia, Disney, Dorsey & Whitney, Greenberg-Gross, Lincoln Club, Luminara, New Majority, OCHCC, Pacheco & Pacheco, Poseidon, RJI International, SCE, Savvy Traveler, Simon Foundation, SingerLewak, Southwest Airlines, TCA, Union Bank, Waste Management and Walmart.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for the Gala and/or for the Hispanic 100 Foundation, please visit or contact Michelle Rose To become a mentor or mentee, please visit www.hispanic100.orgfor more information.

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The Hispanic 100 Foundation, established in 2013, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides educational advancement opportunities to today’s Hispanic youth through the establishment of a Mentor Program. By establishing relationships and connections between young Latinos, ages 18 through 25, with prominent business, political, and nonprofit leaders involved in Hispanic 100, the Foundation continues to advance its mission of providing educational opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders.

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