Voto Latino’s Maria Teresa Kumar Receives 2013 Hispanic Heritage Award
By Mel Fabrikant Sunday, September 08, 2013, 04:11 PM EDT
Voto Latino’s President and CEO, Maria Teresa Kumar, was honored with a 2013 Hispanic Heritage Award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) during an evening ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
The Hispanic Heritage Awards, which this year include nine categories, celebrate Hispanic cultural pride, contributions, and accomplishments, and will be broadcast on MundoFOX on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 6:00 p.m. EST.
Kumar received the Hispanic Heritage Award for Leadership for steering Voto Latino, a nonprofit organization whose civic engagement campaigns have reached an estimated 55 million Latino households nationwide and whose work has engaged Latinos in the political process. Additionally, her work in media as an MSNBC contributor and an opinion writer in several national publications, was celebrated for using her platform to bring attention to topics of significant importance to the Latino community.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be included in a long list of amazing and fearless Latinos that have been recognized in the 26 years the Hispanic Heritage Awards have been bestowed,” said Kumar. “I accept this award on behalf of the American Latino voter and Voto Latino supporters who have contributed their time, skills, and funding to the successful work we have done to effectuate positive change in the Latino community.”
Kumar is the second Voto Latino representative to be honored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. In 2007, Voto Latino Co-Founder and actress Rosario Dawson accepted the Hispanic Heritage Award for Vision.
The 26th Hispanic Heritage Awards also recognized actress Eva Longoria with the Community Service Award; musical group Los Tigres del Norte with the Legend Award; Chef and restaurateur Jose Andres with the Design Award; actress and singer Lucero with the Vision Award; actor, director and producer Diego Luna with the Inspira Award; race car driver Juan Pablo Montoya with the Sports Award; among others.
About Voto Latino
Voto Latino is a dynamic and growing organization whose civic engagement campaigns have reached an estimated 55 million Latino households nationwide. United by the belief that Latino issues are American issues and American issues are Latino issues, Voto Latino is dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices into the political process by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change. To learn more, visit www.votolatino.org. Find Voto Latino on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VotoLatino and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/VotoLatino .