INDUSTRY STATEMENT: Delia Lopez, HPRA-LA President and Oralia Michel, HPRA National President accept $10,000 check from Hispanicize/Hispanic PR Blog partners Manny Ruiz, Angela Sustaita-Ruiz and Katherine Johnson.

Hispanicize 2013 and The Hispanic PR Blog presented a check for $10,000 to the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) last night during HPRA’s annual PRemio Awards in Los Angeles.

“Our partnership with Hispanicize is very important to us and this financial contribution shows that Hispanicize truly puts their money where their mouth is,” said Oralia Michel, president of HPRA’s national chapter and CEO of OMAGEN, Inc.

HPRA and the Hispanic PR Blog/Hispanicize event team have been partners for four years.  It’s been a period that has seen HPRA evolve into a national entity that represents Hispanic PR, social media and media professionals with a new chapter in New York and others emerging in Dallas and Miami, among other places.  Hispanicize the event (see the preview video here) has also evolved and grown into the Hispanic market industry’s undisputed event representing all disciplines.

“This has been a win-win partnership for us and its fair to say that we have both been as successful as we’ve become because of each other,” said Manny Ruiz, co-founder of the Hispanicize event and The Hispanic PR Blog.  “In the coming year the Hispanicize event and the Hispanic PR Blog will work even harder to continue to support and enhance everything that the Hispanic PR industry needs to succeed.  In my view HPRA’s success and ours are intimately connected to each other.”

In addition to its annual PRemio Awards gala, which this year was held in downtown L.A.’s historic Cicada building, HPRA donates thousands of dollars yearly to support Latino college students studying PR, advertising and media.  Over the course of its 28-year history, HPRA has awarded $250,000 to assist students with tuition or related school expenses.

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