MALDEF 2013 Los Angeles Awards Gala Nov. 14 - Honoring Latina Film/TV Icon, and Changemakers in Civil Rights, Labor and Education

Thursday, November 14, MALDEF will host its 2013 Los Angeles Awards Gala at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles. Emmy Award-winning actor and MALDEF supporter, Jordi Vilasuso, famous for his role as Doctor Griffin Castillo on “All My Children,” will serve as this year’s Master of Ceremonies.

MALDEF 2013 LA Awards Gala

Lupe Ontiveros, (Posthumous Award) American Film and Television Actress, will receive the “Lifetime Achievement, Leadership in the Arts” Award. A critically acclaimed actress, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on Desperate Housewives, and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress in Chuck and Buck. Ontiveros passed away in July of 2012 and is a beloved figure in the Latino and national arts and film communities.

MALDEF 2013 LA Awards Gala

José R. Padilla, Executive Director, California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) will receive the “Lifetime Achievement, Excellence in Legal Service” Award.  Throughout his 35-year legal career at CRLA, he has advocated for the rights of California’s farm workers and rural communities.

MALDEF 2013 LA Awards Gala

Paul Schrade, Union and Community Organizer, RFK-12 Community Task Force will receive the “Lifetime Achievement, Excellence in Community Service” Award.  A former director of the United Auto Workers Union in California, Schrade was labor chair of Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s  1968 presidential bid, and led efforts to create the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles.

MALDEF 2013 LA Awards Gala

The annual gala attracts notable leaders from across the nation in a celebration of the contributions made by honorees and to commemorate MALDEF’s efforts in advancing Latino civil rights across the United States. 

WHAT:                                   MALDEF 2013 LOS ANGELES AWARDS GALA

WHO:                                     Honorees

                                                 Lupe Ontiveros, (Posthumous Award) American Film and

                                                Television Actress

                                                "Lifetime Achievement, Leadership in the Arts” Award

                                                 José R. Padilla, Executive Director, California Rural Legal

                                                Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)

                                               “Lifetime Achievement, Excellence in Legal Service” Award

                                                 Paul Schrade, Union and Community Organizer, RFK- 12

                                                Community Task Force

                                               “Lifetime Achievement, Excellence in Community Service”

                                                Award

                                                 Remarks

                                                 Thomas A. Saenz, President & General Counsel, MALDEF

                                                 Presenters

                                                 Eva Longoria, Actor & Philanthropist

                                                Edy Ganem, American Film & Television Actor

                                                 Master of Ceremonies

                                                 Jordi VilasusoEmmy Award-winning Actor

 WHEN:                                  Thursday, November 14, 2013

                                                6:00 pm – Reception/ Red Carpet arrivals

                                                7:00 pm – Awards Program 

 

Get your tickets now to attend, and learn more about MALDEF online.

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