Wednesday, October 13, 2010

American Dream and Heritage awards to be given tomorrow; ceremonies are free and open to the public

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) and the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce* (NAHCC) will be holding back-to-back awards ceremonies tomorrow afternoon and evening.  TIRRC will hold its American Dream Awards Ceremony from 4:30-6 p.m. at Belmont University, and NAHCC will hold its 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Business & Community Awards from 6-8 p.m. at the Tennessee State Museum.

Details about the TIRRC event:
The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition’s American Dream Awards Ceremony will be held tomorrow, October 14, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm at the Frist Lecture Hall at Belmont University in Nashville. This year’s American Dream event will honor two individuals for their exemplary work in facilitating immigrant integration in Tennessee:

* Mr. Bill Sinclair, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Tennessee will receive the Welcoming Tennessee Award, recognizing outstanding leadership in promoting a more welcoming and inclusive state for all of us. This award honors a community leader who looks beyond superficial differences and recognizes that like new threads in a quilt, immigrants and refugees strengthen the fabric of our communities.

* Mr. Tommy Vallejos, Montgomery County Commissioner will receive the Johnny Hayes American Dream Award, recognizing outstanding leadership in removing barriers to the full civic participation of new immigrants and refugees. This award honors a community leader who recognizes that all residents who work hard and contribute to the community have an important role to play in our collective future, thereby helping make the American dream a reality.

Tickets are not required, but please confirm your attendance by clicking here. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call or email Lindsey Harris (615-833-0384 x102,
Details about the NAHCC event:
The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) in association with the TN State Museum Foundation to announce 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Business & Community Awards recipients at a special celebration next Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Tennessee State Museum - Fifth & Deaderick, Nashville, TN (inside the TPAC building)

The event presented by the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in association with the Tennessee State Museum Foundation is open to the public and will feature live music, Latin inspired Hors d'oeuvres, beverages, special guests, and business & community awards. Speakers include U.S Congressman Jim Cooper, Clarksville Commissioner Tommy Vallejos, NAHCC Chairman Luis Bustillos and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East TN chairman Angel Martinez.

A highlight of the event's agenda will include the unveiling of the collective art work from Nashville's Glendale Spanish Immersion Elementary second grade class of 52 children with the help and guidance of the school's art specialist Cathy Barnett and Principal Sue Clark. Under the theme "Heritage", the project presented by the NAHCC to the school in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month intends to instill cultural sensitiveness and awareness. Glendale's mission is to prepare students to become life-long learners and responsible citizens. Through an emphasis on Spanish language and culture, students will meet and exceed academic standards, celebrate diversity, and become productive and responsible members of our global society.

During Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15) the NAHCC recognizes the professional, civic and business contributions of its members while also recognizing non-members whose involvement has had a meaningful impact on the community at large throughout the year. Nominees are selected from among those who have demonstrated commitment and leadership to the advancement of the organization, the Hispanic community, and the city of Nashville.

To RSVP please visit: or call 615-216-5737
how many Hispanic chambers are there in Nashville?

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