12TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL HISPANIC AWARDS Twenty-one Honorees to receive the much Coveted “SOL AZTECA” Award

This year’s International Hispanic Awards is capping off its 12th year presentation of the coveted “SOL AZTECA” with 21 honorees. The new Agua Caliente Resort in Rancho Mirage, California is the location for this black tie affair, Saturday April 19, 2008, starting at 6:00 p.m. SAVE THE DATE! The International Hispanic Awards will be the first international event held at this new $300 million dollar hotel.

Award recipients are being recognized for their contributions to the Hispanic community in philanthropy, public service, communications, humanitarian efforts, business, education, law enforcement, community service organizations and exemplary representation of the Hispanic culture.

The honorees are: Dr. Alfredo Quinonez- Medicine, Lynn Moriarty-Community Service, Monica Rascon-Education, Jim Houston-Humanitarian, Richard and Jan Oliphant-Visionary Award, Sandra Austin-Family Support, Bill Soqui-Community Service, Doris Wilson-Education, Judy Thompson-Education, Luis Silva-Perseverance, Lic. Particia Hernandez-Promotions, Ben Godfrey-Community service, Nachhattar S. Chandi-Business of the Year, Sal Velasquez-Community Service, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians-Image Award, being presented to Richard Milanovich, Barbara Gonzales Lyons, Jeff L. Grubbe, Moraino J. Patencio, Vincent Gonzales III, Jeannette Prieto-Dodd

Honorees represent very diverse backgrounds, once again proving that deeds are the key factor for receiving the “SOL AZTECA” award. This year’s recipients represent several cultures from many walks of life reinforcing the reason why the “Sol Azteca” Awards are now recognized internationally as the must attend “cultural bridge” awards for community leaders.

The event was founded by Ana Rascon Vasquez, publisher of La Prensa Hispana newspaper and is produced annually by CEO-Al Vasquez of Hispanic Image Marketing Network, a multi-media, multi faceted international business network (www.hispanicmedialink.com). This year’s sponsors include the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Time Warner Cable, the City of Indio, the City of Coachella, Spa Resort Casino, Agua Caliente Casino, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce-Coachella Valley, the on-line Desert Traditions Magazine, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, Senator Jim Battin and Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia.

Tickets are $125 each and include dinner, entertainment and awards ceremony. For information and/or reservations to the International Hispanic Awards ceremony, call 760-342-2565 or see info at: www.internationalhispanicawards.com