Newport Beach, Calif.– The Hispanic 100 Foundation hosted its 5th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Gala at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort. The Hispanic 100 Foundation is a non-profit organization that takes pride in advocacy and education.
They established a Mentor Program to provide opportunities for Hispanic youth to connect with important political, business, and nonprofit leaders. It is the second year for the mentoring program, and they had 26 participants compared to last year when they had 16 participants.Â
This was the first year that scholarships were awarded during the gala for the mentees that demonstrated exceptional commitment to the program. The award recipient for 2014 was actor, director, and humanitarian, Edward James Olmos. Mr.Olmos was honored for his work in the entertainment industry and philanthropy.
Former Attorney General, Alberto Gonzalez was the keynote speaker and presented the scholarships to the selected ten mentees.Â
The evening started out on the red carpet, where M.U.S.E. was able to get interviews with some of Hollywoodâ€™s elite like Jacob Vargas, the master of ceremonies for the night, Emilio Rivera, who presented Mr.Olmos with his award, and of course Edward James Olmos.Â
M.U.S.E was also fortunate to interview Tina Aldatz, one of the co-chairs of the Mentor Program, as well as two of the student mentees who told us about their experience in the program. The night continued with an auction that consisted of a signed Mike Trout baseball jersey, jewelry, and vacation packages with proceeds benefiting the Mentor Program.Â
The Grammy winning group, Mariachi Divas, entertained the guests with their vibrant sounds of the Mexican culture. Later in the evening guests made their way into the ballroom where dinner was served and the award ceremony commenced. Overall the award gala was a very organized and elegant event.