Marc Anthony, Paulina Rubio, Rosario Dawson, Tony Plana, War, Cucu Diamantes & Yerba Buena, Elida Reyna, and Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano are appearing at the 2009 Latino Inaugural Gala at Union Square in Washington, DC, on January 18. More artists will be added. Tickets are at $200 each and can be purchased online.

“It is inspiring to have so many talented and admired Latino entertainers willing to come together in celebration of our nation’s 44th President, the Honorable Barack Obama, and of the historic role Latinos played in this election,” stated Esther Aguilera, president and CEO of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), one of the co-hosts of the Latino Inaugural Gala, in a statement. “This will truly be an impressive display of the musical and cultural contributions that our community has to offer.”

“Voto Latino is thrilled that so many celebrities participated in the 2008 election by marching voters to the polls, phone banking, throwing concerts, and walking precincts registering new voters,” said Maria Teresa Peterson, executive director of Voto Latino, another organization co-hosting the event. “The Latino Inaugural Gala is a celebration of our community’s collective effort that by working together across all disciplines we can achieve a voice for a new generation of Americans. We must continue our momentum to ensure that this political awakening translates into political power that includes quality education, healthcare and more.”

All proceeds raised from the 2009 Latino Inaugural Gala will go to support the vision of creating a National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, DC. This gala’s beneficiary nonprofit, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, is dedicated to helping take the idea of such a museum from dream to reality.

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