The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Annual Awards Gala in Washington D.C. is the largest and most prestigious gathering of Hispanic nonpartisan, public and private sector leaders in the nation. Held during the National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, the gala convenes people from around the country to network while celebrating the achievements of the Latino community. The evening’s festivities included President Barack Obama and the Medallion of Excellence Awards. Thanks to Southwest Airlines, CHCI continues to help with educational attainment and leadership development programs.