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Union Bank and KCET Honor Hispanic Heritage Month Local Heroes

Winners are L.A.-based Latino luminaries

By Union Bank
Published on LatinoLA: September 17, 2011


Union Bank and KCET Honor Hispanic Heritage Month Local Heroes


As part of its ongoing commitment to cultural diversity and in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Union Bank, N.A., has partnered with independent public television station KCET to honor two extraordinary Latinos as local heroes. The honorees are announced as part of the ongoing 2011 Cultural Diversity Partnership, which recognizes and pays tribute to 12 local heroes who are making a difference by improving their workplace, profession, neighborhood, community, region and the world. The 2011 Hispanic Heritage Month honorees are: Jes??s Salvador Trevi??o (pictured) and Teresa Campos Hern?índez.

"We are honored to celebrate these outstanding Latinos who bring leadership, commitment and creativity to their work and as a result, the communities in which they live and work benefit greatly," said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President Pierre Habis, head of Community Banking. "We are also proud of our expanded cultural partnership with KCET this year, and we look forward to celebrating the achievements and work of many more local heroes as part of our 14-year tradition in Los Angeles."

"KCET is excited to join Union Bank as we recognize two incredible local heroes," said KCET President and CEO Al Jerome. "Each of the honorees has made a unique and valuable contribution to our Los Angeles community, and we are pleased to introduce them to our viewers through the video profiles airing on KCET throughout Hispanic Heritage Month as we also pay tribute to the many milestones and achievements of the Hispanic community."

The 2011 honorees for Hispanic Heritage Month are:

Jes??s Salvador Trevi??o is a director, writer, producer, and activist whose projects reflect his social commitment and artistic vision. His career began as a student activist documenting the 1960s Chicano Civil Rights Movement with a super 8 camera. Throughout his career, he's been a participant and a chronicler of current events and issues, reflected in his work in film, television and books, which include "Yo Soy Chicano," "Chicano Moratorium," "Criminal Minds," and "ER"; his collection of short stories, such as "The Fabulous Sinkhole and Other Stories"; and his memoir, "Eyewitness - A Filmmaker's Memoir Of The Chicano Movement." Mr. Trevi??o also serves as president of Barrio Dog Productions, and spearheads the Latino arts, history, and culture Web site, Latinopia.com. He is the recipient of the prestigious Directors Guild Award and two Alma Awards for Outstanding Director of a Prime Time Television Drama and as co-executive producer of "Resurrection Blvd."

Teresa Campos Hern?índez is a business woman, community advocate and humanitarian. Teresa and her husband Antonio Hern?índez opened Teresita's Restaurant in 1983. Aside from serving meals, Teresita's Restaurant is a place of hope and compassion to those in need. Regarded as the "Angel de Los Angeles" by many community members, her philanthropic spirit is infinite and her determination to help is commendable. The 77-year-old raises funds the old-fashioned way ÔÇô by way of a jarrito, or collections jar, in the restaurant and through conversations with her guests. She has helped many women's and community organizations, veterans, senior citizens and victims of national disasters. It is estimated that her grassroots efforts have raised more than $80,000.

In 1998, Union Bank and KCET created the Local Heroes Awards to help celebrate the national commemorative heritage months for various communities throughout Los Angeles. The awards honor outstanding individuals who strive to enrich the lives of others, and in 2011, the awards were expanded to recognize honorees as part of LGBT Pride Month (June). The LGBT honorees were honored during an event held in June.. Additional local heroes were also identified during Black History Month (February); Women's History Month (March); Jewish American Heritage Month (May); and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (May). The year-long celebration of diversity will culminate in an awards ceremony in October, where recipients will be formally recognized as part of the Annual Local Heroes Awards.

Throughout the respective commemorative heritage months, KCET airs video profiles of each honoree that highlights how they have made a difference in their community. The 2011 on-air profiles can also be viewed on the Web at kcet.org. KCET also celebrates the rich and vibrant history and cultural diversity being honored with special programs throughout each featured month. Hispanic Heritage Month programming highlights include Paraiso for Sale, Visions of Aztlan, and Twenty-Five Hundred & One. For more information about the Local Heroes Awards, please also visit unionbank.com/heroes.

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