The Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach set the stage for the 6th Annual Hispanic 100 Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award Gala on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. This year, the Foundation gave its highest honor, The Lifetime Achievement Award, to actor Danny Trejo.
Mistress of ceremony, Elizabeth Espinosa (KFI, KTLA), welcomed guests and introduced the night's keynote speaker, Texas governor Rick Perry. Perry delivered a heartfelt speech where he highlighted the contributions of Latinos in the state of Texas since its inception.
Hispanic 100's Chairman, Mario Rodriguez, invited to the stage the mentoring class of 2015 to acknowledge their success. Cecile Vazquez, one of the program's mentees took the microphone to share how much the Hispanic 100 Foundation has helped her by giving her access, resources and most importantly, opportunity.
Actor Emilio Rivera, best known for Sons of Anarchy and Water and Power, took the stage to give Hispanic 100 Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award to his good friend Danny Trejo. "I've know Danny Trejo before he was Danny Trejo ... a human being focused on helping others," said Rivera.
In his real, down to earth signature style, Trejo acknowledged Gala Chairman Julio Gudi??o, for the Foundation's mentoring program as he reminisced about people who had mentored him in his past. Mentoring, he said, was key in changing his life going from prison and drug addiction, to one of the most successful working actors in Hollywood.
"I tell young people that I rather shoot to the stars and miss than shoot for the gutter and make it," said Trejo in front of a lively crowd, which included celebrity guests, mentors, mentees, supporters and politicians.
The night's entertainment was provided by Mariachi Los Reyes.