Telacu Chairman /CEO David Lizarraga, UCLA gerontologist Dr. Fernando Torres Gill and Little Willie G, the lead singer for the1960’s band “The Midniters” will be honored at HOT’s 14th annual Positive Image Awards ( PIA) & Scholarship Presentation on May 1st, 2008 at the Onmi Hotel at 6:00pm in Downtown Los Angeles.
This years’s awardees are legends in the Los Angeles Hispanic Community and have made significant contribution’s in the areas of community economic development, senior care policy and Latino participation in Rock n Roll History”, said Betty Rengifo Tucker. “ their lasting contributions have improved the quality of life for thousands of people for many decades.” Each year more than 400 elected city officials, business people and community stakeholders attend the PIA gala dinner to recognize the community leaders in the areas of education, business, community, affairs and humanities. The gala wil also feature live and silent auctions and a scholarship fundraiser.
At TELACU, Lizarraga oversees the largest community development corporation in the United States, and manages more than $500 million in assets. He’s also credited with creating TELACU’s innovative model that allows for profit activities through TELACU Industries to fund its parent nonprofit CDC, which provide programs for young people, veterans, families, and senior citizens.
Torres-Gil is acting dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs and is the director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging. He’s an expert in the field of health and long term care, the politics of aging, social policy, ethnicity and disability.
Born Willie Garcia, Litle Willie G’s charisma, stage presence and vocal range helped the Thee Midniters become the greatest Latino rock band of the 1960’s. The group reached Billboard Magazine’s Top 100 nationally with “Land of 1000 Dances”. Today, he serves as an ordained minister and oversees Willie G Ministries in Whittier, which provides young people alternatives to gang activity and crime.
HOT will also present scholarships to college bound high school seniors from throughout the Southeast Los Angeles County area.