#CCNMA4Diversity: Support CCNMA’s mission with your ticket to the annual scholarship banquet

Attendees applaud honoree Tony Valdez, reporter for Fox 11 News, at the CCNMA Scholarship Banquet on May 30, 2014.

Attendees applaud honoree Tony Valdez, reporter for Fox 11 News, at the 2014 CCNMA Scholarship Banquet.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California will honor two veteran journalists and a longtime supporter at its 35th Scholarship Banquet on June 5, 2015, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles (506 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles). A no host cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Program and dinner start at 7 p.m.

The honorees are Celina Rodriguez, a longtime broadcaster in San Jose; Juan Esparza Loera, editor of Vida en el Valle in Fresno; and Magdalena Beltran-del Olmo, recently retired from The California Wellness Foundation.

“Honoring Magdalena Beltran-del Olmo is well-deserved,” said Julio Moran, executive director of CCNMA. “She started out on the CCNMA staff, worked in public relations and marketing, and while at The California Wellness Foundation was instrumental in awarding CCNMA thousands of dollars in grants and sponsorships.

“Celina and Juan may not be well-known in Southern California, but both are longtime journalists who have fought to make sure that Latinos stories and issues of concern to Latinos are told.”

The recipients of 2015 CCNMA scholarships also will be announced at the dinner. CCNMA has awarded more than $850,000 to more than 850 students since 1978.

The winners of CCNMA’s 16th Ruben Salazar Journalism Awards, which recognize work published or broadcast in California that exemplifies journalistic excellence while contributing to a better understanding of Latinos, will also be presented at the Banquet.

CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California, formerly known as the California Chicano News Media Association, is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization founded in 1972 and is the oldest organization of journalists of color in the country. The group is dedicated to the advancement of Latino journalists and to fostering fair and accurate portrayals of Latinos in the news media.

Tickets for the dinner are $200 each, but CCNMA members in good standing may purchase up to two tickets for $100 each. Tables of 10 are $2,000. Tickets may be purchased by check or credit card by calling the CCNMA office at (424) 229-9482, or via PayPal below.

CCNMA Banquet

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