GWHCC Announces Honoree of the Public Service Award of the Sixth Annual Embassy Celebration Dinner Series

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) and Events DC will host their Sixth Annual Embassy Celebration Dinner Series on Tuesday, November 18th at the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square. This year, GWHCC will honor Ambassador of El Salvador Francisco Altschul with the Public Service Award in recognition of his great service and crucial assistance to many Salvadorians and Hispanics in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The GWHCC is honored to have Ambassador Albert R. Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General at the Organization of American States (OAS), to serve as this year's dinner Honorary Chair.

"This year's Embassy Dinner is filled with exciting new features, including the launch of our international initiative and inviting the President of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, as our Keynote Speaker," stated Angela Franco, President and CEO of the GWHCC. "We are honored to recognize Ambassador Francisco Altschul from the Embassy of El Salvador with the Public Service Award. The Embassy of El Salvador has been a long-term crucial catalyst for Hispanic business growth in the Washington, DC metropolitan area."

During this year's Embassy Dinner, the Chamber will launch GWHCC's International Initiative, titled "Promoting Trade of the Americas," set to begin in 2015. "The Chamber believes in the importance of expanding outreach efforts internationally, and promoting more opportunities from our Nation's Capital to the Latin American Region and vice-versa, which also translates into unique trade business opportunities for our members and sponsors," said Syddia Lee-Chee, business owner and Chair of the GWHCC International Initiative. "This year we have the honor to count with the presence of international recognized leaders joining us with this international effort, including Ambassador Ramdin."

"There can be no doubt that the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and its members have had a distinct impact on the business environment in Washington," stated Ambassador Albert Ramdin. He added, "As Chair, of this year's Embassy Dinner, I am particularly pleased to note the Chamber's launch of the 'Promoting Trade in the Americas' initiative. At the OAS, we value effective and strategic public private partnerships. We have seen results when we work together to achieve common goals of development, stability, security and prosperity not just in one country, but in all of our countries. I believe we must do what we can, where we can, whenever we can, for the good of our people."

During the past five years, the Chamber has honored Latin American leaders and organizations making a difference in international trade and commercial affairs in the Western Hemisphere such as the Ambassador of Mexico, Eduardo Medina Mora; Ambassador Roberto Saladin, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the OAS; and Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

About the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(C) 6 membership driven organization, founded in 1976, that supports the economic development of the Greater Washington metropolitan area. The Chamber facilitates the success of Latino and other minority-owned businesses and the communities they serve through networking, advocacy, education and access to capital. For additional information visit our website

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Source:Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce