Los Angeles, CA – MALDEF will host its 2017 Los Angeles Awards Gala honoring the work and achievements of three influential leaders, on November 9, 2017, at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel at 6 p.m.

Michelle Valles, news anchor and reporter for NBC4 Southern California, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. MALDEF President and General Counsel Thomas A. Saenz will provide remarks.

This year’s awardees are California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Excellence in Government Service Award; former Attorney General of New Mexico Patricia Madrid, Valarie Kantor Award for Extraordinary Achievement; and Barbara Carrasco, artist and muralist, Leadership in the Arts Award.

MALDEF’s annual gala draws notable elected officials and community leaders in celebration of MALDEF’s civil rights work and the contributions made by leaders and individuals in advancing Latino causes across the United States.

Please contact Sandra Hernandez or Tony Marcano to request interviews with the honorees or MALDEF staff.

MALDEF 2017 Los Angeles Awards Gala

Michelle Valles, anchor and reporter, NBC4 Southern California
Hon. Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State
Hon. Patricia Madrid, former Attorney General of New Mexico
Barbara Carrasco, artist and muralist

Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
6 p.m. – Reception
7 p.m. – Dinner & Awards Program
Doors open at 6 p.m.

The Westin Bonaventure
404 S. Figueroa Street