The Association of National Advertisers announced the finalists for the 2005 Multicultural Excellence Awards. Now in its fifth year, the awards recognize ANA member companies and marketers that have produced outstanding multicultural advertising campaigns that ran between June 2004 and May 2005.

The 2005 VIDA Hispanic Health Leadership Awards were presented last evening in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. “The new American demographics and new health challenges require excellence from our leadership.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced highlights of the 2005 Hispanic Heritage Awards, which will range from traditional Mexican mariachis to a symphony performance to a rising pop singer/songwriter to one of the leading prima ballerinas in the world.

Girl Scouts of the USA has elected Patricia Diaz Dennis as its new Chair of the National Board of Directors. As the highest volunteer position in the organization, Diaz Dennis was selected on the basis of her long-standing commitment to Girl Scouting, as well as her ability to provide leadership, vision, and support to the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls.

Telemundo announced it will be honored with a MANA Corporation of the Year Award, at MANA's "Las Primeras Awards Gala" to be held this Thursday, October 13, 2005 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. Telemundo is being recognized for its efforts to promote self-esteem among Latinas through its telenovela, La Mujer en el Espejo. The star of the show, Colombian actress Paola Rey (La Mujer en el Espejo, Pasión de Gavilanes,) will be present to receive the award and Telelmundo’s own Candela Ferro (Decisiones, Miss Universe, Tsunami Benefit) will host the event.

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) celebrated its new logo and revitalized brand identity today at the opening of their 95th Annual Conference: Masters of Marketing at The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Arizona.

The Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) is currently accepting submissions from interested individuals who would like to be a part of a national ad hoc committee to further expand HPRA’s presence across the country.

Betsy Henao, account director for Zubi Advertising has been named president of the Advertising Federation of Greater Miami, a professional trade organization with over 275 members devoted to fostering higher advertising industry standards in the community.

The National Association of Broadcasters is partnering with Louisiana and Mississippi broadcasters to distribute 1,300 battery-operated handheld television sets to public safety officials assisting with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

The New America Alliance (NAA) has hired prominent Latina Regina Montoya as its new Chief Executive Officer.

The National Association of Hispanic Publications, Inc. (NAHP) announced the appointment of Alfred Ramirez as Interim Executive Director. During his tenure as Interim Executive Director, Mr.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) announced its support to bring awareness of Hispanic contributions to the agricultural industry.

New York State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz will be sworn in as the new president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL). Puerto Rico Senate President Kenneth McClintock Hernandez performed the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol in San Juan.

The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) announced two new members to its Board of Directors; Resident Commissioner Luis Fortuño (PR) and Mr. Hector Alcalde, Founder and Chairman of Alcalde & Fay.

A new Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations Weblog for marketing professionals and students was launched recently. Centered on the upcoming Hispanic Marketing & Public Relations book due out later this year, the weblog includes author biographies, Hispanic marketing and public relations news and serves as a forum for authors and visitors to post comments and share insights. The new book provides more than 350 pages of information, case studies, charts, tables, graphs, market data and opinions based on the knowledge of nineteen U.S. Hispanic market experts. Proceeds will benefit the Hispanic Marketing & Communication Association, HMCA. Information on the book, including a list of authors and a pre-publication sign up sheet is available at the HMCA website and on the new weblog .