LOS ANGELES, CA – The Hispanic Public Relations Association(R) (HPRA), a non-profit organization founded to advance the careers of Oralia MichelHispanics in the field of communications, celebrated a night of excellence at its annual PRemio Awards & Scholarship Dinner last night at The California Club in downtown Los Angeles.  The theme for the evening was “Culturas Inspiring Change,” in honor of the rich and diverse cultures that strengthen our foundation and inspire change in our communities.

During the event, HPRA recognized the following outstanding Hispanic communications professionals: Oralia Michel from OMAGEN, Inc. with the Public Relations Award; Agustin Garza from the Los Angeles Times with the Journalism Award; Cesar Millan from the “Dog Whisperer” with the Arts & Entertainment Award and Macy’s West with the Corporation of the Year Award.

“PRemios celebrates the advancement of the public relations field, helps build future talent and honors Hispanic professionals who have exhibited excellence in their respective practices,” said Ivette Zurita, HPRA president.

This year, HPRA set a new standard in communication excellence by honoring the very best in Hispanic public relations campaigns during the PRemios ceremony. In addition, HPRA awarded $11,500 in scholarships to deserving Hispanic undergraduate students pursuing a communications degree at local universities or a career in the field.

Serving as emcees for the evening were Michaela Pereira, KTLA-TV anchor and Carlos Alvarez, KLVE-FM radio personality.

Sponsors for the event included: Farmers Insurance Group, Southern California Edison, Kaiser Permanente, RL Public Relations, VPE Public Relations, The Walt Disney Company, Goya Foods, and Toyota. Brown-Forman-Tequila El Jimador was the beverage sponsor for the evening. For more information on HPRA visit: www.hpra.com.

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