L.O.U.D. Announces Award Recipients for Inaugural SOMOS Gala on Sept. 24th in Los Angeles

AHF’s Latino Outreach and Understanding Division to Commemorate
National Hispanic Heritage Month with gala dinner, multi-platform media

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Latino Outreach and Understanding Division
(L.O.U.D.) will host its first SOMOS Gala to commemorate National
Hispanic Heritage Month on September 24th at 7
at the Cicada Club and Restaurant, located at 617 South
Olive Street
in downtown Los Angeles. The black-tie gala dinner and
ceremony will honor the contributions of individuals and organizations
that have contributed to the advancement and well-being of Latino
communities nationally. The event will also include the unveiling of a
Los Angeles-based billboard and multimedia campaign that highlights the
courage and determination of an undocumented lawyer, a transgender
Latina teen, and a gender non-confirming disabled dancer.

“L.O.U.D. is excited to host our inaugural gala dinner and launch our
first multi-platform campaign during National Hispanic Heritage Month to
celebrate Latino individuals and groups whose cultural pride and stories
of triumph are truly inspirational,” said Hector Torres, Chair of
L.O.U.D. “With Latinos making up 21% of all new HIV infections in the
U.S., we also want to recognize those who have and continue to work to
eliminate the social and health disparities that remain a threat to
Latino communities.”

WHAT:   Inaugural SOMOS Awards Gala to honor National Hispanic
Heritage Month
Black-tie gala dinner and ceremony to honor the contributions of
individuals and organizations who have contributed to the
advancement and well-being of Latino communities nationally.

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

7 PM


**RED CARPET: 7 – 8 PM



WHERE: Cicada Club and Restaurant

617 South Olive Street

Los Angeles, CA 90014


AHF’s Latino Outreach and Understanding Division (L.O.U.D.)

Victor De Los Santos Brillante Award recipient

Roland PalenciaPedro Zamora Award recipient

Voto LatinoValiente Award recipient


Chuey Martinez – FOX’s Knock Knock Live, KIIS FM

Vivian LamolliHULU’s East Los High

Tracy PerezHULU’s East Los High

Jorge Diaz – HULU’s East Los High, Days of Our Lives

Nicholas GonzalezResurrection Blvd., That ’70s
, Spun, Dharma & Greg

Mekahlo Medina – NBC4

Ellen Leyva – ABC7

Danielle and Liz Milian – E! hit show Christina
Milian Turned Up

Suzanna Guzman

PLEASE RSVP to Christopher Johnson at Christopher.Johnson@aidshealth.org
or (323) 960-4846


AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3)
organization, is a global organization providing cutting-edge medicine
and advocacy to more than 438,000 patients in 36 worldwide in the US,
Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern
Europe. AHF is the largest provider of FREE HIV/testing and treatment
for African-Americans in the United States.

For more information please visit www.aidshealth.org.

ABOUT L.O.U.D. (Latino Outreach and
Understanding Division):

The Latino Outreach and Understanding Division (L.O.U.D.) is a division
of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the world’s largest AIDS
service provider. L.O.U.D. strives to fight social disparities by
employing initiatives and programs that are not only culturally
competent, but encourage behavioral change throughout Latino communities


Christopher Johnson, Associate Director of Communications
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L.O.U.D. Chairman
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