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Rita Moreno to host this year's Hispanic Heritage Awards

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Veteran actress Rita Moreno is to set to host the 28th annual Hispanic Heritage Awards, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation announced on Thursday. In addition to her hosting duties, the EGOT winner will also take the stage to perform.

“The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to partner with Target to honor yet another inspiring group of Latino leaders with our prestigious Hispanic Heritage Award and we are thrilled to be back on PBS to share our cultural pride, accomplishment and great promise with all of America,” Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, said in a release. “We are especially excited about this year’s celebration because it will be hosted by a past Hispanic Heritage Award recipient, Board Member and friend – the incomparable Rita Moreno.  The evening will certainly be entertaining, meaningful and inspirational.”

This year’s ceremony will recognize honorees in categories such as education, the arts, STEM, sports, and healthcare. The official list of recipients will be released later this month, along with more details surrounding the program. Past honorees include Zoe Saldana, America Ferrera, and Antonio Banderas.

The Hispanic Heritage Awards will take place Sept. 17 at Washington D.C.’s Warner Theatre and air Oct. 9 on PBS in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. 

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