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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Lupe Ontiveros, (Posthumous Award) American Film and
"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”
Thomas A. Saenz, President & General Counsel, MALDEF
Eva Longoria, Actor & Philanthropist
Edy Ganem, American Film & Television Actor
Master of Ceremonies
Jordi Vilasuso, Emmy Award-winning Actor
WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2013
6:00 pm – Reception/ Red Carpet arrivals
7:00 pm – Awards Program