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2018 UnidosUS Capital Awards to Recognize Longtime Latino Trailblazers Reps. Luis V. Gutiérrez and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Alongside World Central Kitchen

March 19, 2018

Washington, DC—UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) will honor Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) during the 31st Annual UnidosUS Capital Awards Gala, which recognizes elected officials from both parties who have shown a steadfast commitment to advancing legislation and public policies that benefit the Latino community. UnidosUS will present Representatives Gutiérrez and Ros-Lehtinen with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their decades-long tenure and service on behalf of the Latino community.

For years, Rep. Gutiérrez has served as a fierce champion for Latinos, using his powerful platform to fight and advocate for comprehensive immigration reform and other critical policies to empower Latinos. Beyond the halls of Congress, Gutiérrez has been a recognizable voice for marginalized and underserved groups, leveraging his profile and influence to denounce anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric. In her years as a dedicated public servant, Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has helped advance legislation to empower her constituents, and as the first Latina congresswoman, pave the road for Latino representation and excellence.

This year’s Public Service Award honoree is World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization founded by Chef José Andrés, for the vital role it has played in addressing world hunger and poverty, and most recently, leading the charge to assist Puerto Rico in recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

More than 750 corporate, legislative and community leaders will be in attendance as UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía presents the awards to the 2018 recipients. Erika Gonzalez of NBC4 Washington will serve as mistress of ceremonies at the event. Wells Fargo is the event chair.

Press who wish to cover the event must RSVP to Gabriela Gomez at or (202) 776-1732.


WHAT:2018 UnidosUS Capital Awards 
WHEN:Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:55–9:00 p.m.
WHERE:National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
WHO:Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
World Central Kitchen, founded by Chef José Andrés

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For almost 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.