WASHINGTON, D.C. –February 23, 2016 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) – The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) will host its 12th Annual Gala & Leadership Awards on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The commemoration will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel located on 1150 22 ST NW, in Washington, D.C. 20037.

CHLI awards are presented to exceptional leaders who support the advancement of the Hispanic community in the United States. This year CHLI will be honoring Congressman Jeff Denham (CA-10) and Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-5) with its 2016 Leadership in Public Service Award.

Venezuelan opposition leader, Leopoldo Lopez, currently a political prisoner, will be recognized with CHLI’s 2016 International Leadership Award. His wife, the distinguished human rights activist Lilian Tintori, will accept the award on Mr. Lopez’s behalf if he is still imprisoned on April 20th.

“CHLI is privileged to be honoring U.S. Congressmen Jeff Denham and Mike Quigley, and Venezuelan pro-democracy leader Leopoldo Lopez. Our three honorees truly embody the spirit of democracy, and make us all proud,” said Lincoln Diaz-Balart, former Member of Congress and CHLI Chairman.

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The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) is the premier organization founded by Members of Congress and corporate executive leaders to advance the Hispanic community’s economic progress with a focus on social responsibility and global competitiveness. Founded in 2003, CHLI is a 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan organization. CHLI is dedicated to fostering a broad awareness of the diversity of thought, heritage, interests, and views of Americans of Hispanic and Portuguese descent.