(L to R) Hispanic PR Blog Co-Founders Manny Ruiz & Angela Sustaita-Ruiz with Pauline France at last year's Hispanicize PR & Social Media Conference in Hollywood.

Goya Foods and Founders of Annual Public Relations and Social Media Conference, Angela and Manny Ruiz, Headline Honorees

The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA), the leading non-profit organization founded to advance the careers of Hispanics in the field of communications, will honor Hispanic industry leaders and recognize the best in Hispanic public relations campaigns at its 27th Annual PRemio Awards and Scholarships Gala to be held Thursday, October 6, 2011 at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA.

This year’s Public Relations Professional of the Year honoree is the team of industry trailblazers Angela and Manny Ruiz for helping advance the Hispanic PR industry by creating the annual Hispanic PR and Social Media Conference, Hispanicize 2012.

Goya Foods will be presented with the Corporation of the Year award for its 75-year history, commitment, and goodwill to the U.S. Hispanic market through its support of cultural, civic and educational organizations. Other awards include: Journalist of the Year Pulitzer Prize winner Hector Tobar, columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and Young PR Professional of the Year Denisse Montalvan with Ketchum.

In addition, HPRA’s 2011 Campaign of the Year winners will also be announced that evening. Also, as a way to foster Hispanic talent, HPRA will present $11,000 in scholarships to Hispanic students pursuing a career in Public Relations and related communications fields. The scholarship program was founded 21 years ago, and HPRA-LA has awarded more than $231,000 to Hispanic students entering the field.

“PRemios is the Hispanic PR Industry’s night to shine when we honor the best campaigns and top professionals in the industry,” said Lourdes Rodriguez, HPRA-LA president. “We invite the industry to join us in this annual celebration.”

The evening will be hosted by Mekahlo Medino with NBC Los Angeles and Yarel Ramos with mun2. The event is made possible by sponsors to date: RL Public Relations, Edelman, Southern California Edison, Axis Agency, VPE Public Relations, Staples, Southern California Gas Company, and PR Newswire.

For complete information about the 27th Annual PRemio Awards and Scholarship Gala Dinner, including sponsorship opportunities and ticket purchase, please visit www.hpra-usa.org.

About Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA):
HPRA was founded in 1984 as a non-profit organization to establish a network of Hispanics employed in the public relations profession. With chapters in Los Angeles and New York, HPRA has more than 300 members representing public relations, marketing and advertising professionals from agencies, government, non-profit and corporate companies. HPRA is dedicated to the advancement of Hispanic professionals and has awarded more than $231,000 in scholarships to Latino students pursuing a career in communications. HPRA strives to be a resource for communications professionals and for those seeking insights into the Hispanic market. For more information please visit www.hpra-usa.org.

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