March 9, 2001

Miller Brewing Company Hosts Event to Unveil 2001 "Portraits of Success" Calendar

Los Angeles, CA — Los Angeles' Hispanic community and corporate leaders gathered at The Argyle Hotel to celebrate the unveiling of Miller Brewing Company's 2001 Calendar "Portraits of Success: Hispanic Americans in the Media Arts." The calendar, which features Latino film, television and theatre actors, writers, directors and producers, as well as television and radio news personalities, will benefit the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Education Policy Projects.

The Miller Brewing Company and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) recently hosted a reception to unveil the “Portraits of Success: Hispanic Americans in the Media Arts” 2001 Calendar. Pictured from left to right are (top row): Jeff Valdez, comedian and producer; Ignacio Gomez, portraits artists; Luis Avalos, actor and director; Tina Walls, Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Miller Brewing; Gregory Nava, director; Clarissa Martinez de Castro, State, Local, Public Policy director for NCLR; Evelina Fernandez, actor; Bel Hernandez, Portraits of Success Calendar Selection Committee Member/Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of LatinHeat; Nancy Alicia De Los Santos, film and television writer; Pepe Serna, actor; (bottom row): Raquel Ortiz, producer; Carmen Zapata, former Calendar Honoree; and Judy Chapa, Supervisor of Corporate Relations for Miller Brewing Company.

For nearly two decades, the Miller Brewing Company has recognized the many achievements of Hispanic Americans in various professions such as science, law, medicine, education, politics, music and sports. This year's "Portraits of Success" spotlights Latinos who have succeeded in the media arts including television, radio, film and theatre.

"The Miller Brewing Company is proud of its long history of showcasing Latinos who have received distinction in a variety of disciplines. We are especially proud of this year's calendar honorees since the media arts play such an important role in Hispanic culture and image," said Tina Walls, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Miller Brewing Company.

For the first time in the history of the "Portraits of Success" calendar series, the Miller Brewing Company partnered with the NCLR for the 2001 calendar to help bring attention to the organization's national Latino Image and Media Campaign.

Since 1992, the NCLR has worked diligently to increase the number of Latinos in professional media arts positions, conducted research on Latino portrayals in the media to help combat stereotyping and misinformation, and produced the Alma Awards, which honors Latino media contributions, in a primetime television special.

"We are very pleased that this year's Miller Brewing Company `Portraits of Success' honors so many of the `unsung heroes' of the Latino entertainment community. We are also deeply appreciative of Miller's interest in, and commitment to, ensuring more accurate, positive, and fair portrayals of Hispanics in the media," stated Raul Yzaguirre, NCLR President.

The 2001 Calendar features oil portraits, painted by renowned artist Ignacio Gomez, of 12 outstanding Latinos who have succeeded in the media arts and continue to contribute to their community. They include: Luis Avalos, Nestor Carbonell, Nancy Alicia De Los Santos, Gregory Nava, Rachel Ortiz, Tony Plana, Evelina Fernandez, Pepe Serna, Jimmy Smiths, Ray Suarez, David Valdez, and Jeff Valdez.

To obtain a copy of the Miller Brewing Company/NCLR 2001 Calendar, "Portraits of Success: Hispanic Americans in the Media Arts," please call 1-888-698-7447. The cost of the calendar is $10.00, with all proceeds benefiting NCLR's Education Policy Projects.

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