The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) will present the Vision Award to international singer and actress, Lucero, at the 26 th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards (HHAs) on September 5, 2013 at The John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Having sold more than 27 million albums and starred in nine top-rated soap operas, Lucero is one of the most recognized performers in Latin America. Throughout her 33-year performance career, she has been honored with hundreds of international awards. In 2006, she was the first Latin actress to win an EMMY for her success in the U.S. Hispanic soap opera “Alborada.”
At this year’s ceremony, The Hershey Company will present Lucero with the prestigious Vision Award. The award recognizes Lucero’s contributions as a global philanthropist, supporting children through one of Latin America’s most significant charities, “Teleton Mexico.” For 15 years she has hosted the telethon and served as the organization’s official ambassador. Each year, the telethon raises millions of dollars for children with disabilities. The organization’s mission is to provide education about disabilities and send a strong message of respect and equality.
“It’s an honor to receive the Vision Award from Hershey, a company that shares my dedication to children in need,” said Lucero. “Every child deserves the chance to lead a happy, productive life and it’s wonderful that Hershey recognizes and celebrates my belief in the power of helping children.”
Lucero began her career at age 10 as a pop performer receiving support and encouragement from mentors throughout her career. “We applaud Lucero’s outstanding career and her passionate support of children in Latin America,” said Bert Alfonso, President, International at The Hershey Company. “Hershey is dedicated to the Latino community and children’s education worldwide. We share and celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s mission to identify, inspire, prepare and position Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce.”