CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - August 12, 2013) - The Maestro Cares Foundation has announced the participation of seven-time national Emmy Award-winning journalist and ABC News "Primetime" anchor John Quiñones as Honorary Master of Ceremonies for the non-profit organization's upcoming fundraiser on Monday, September 9th at Y-Bar, in Chicago's River North area. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Maestro Cares Foundation, which assists homeless and neglected children in Latin America. The event, set to take place from 7:00-11:00 p.m., will also feature an appearance by Maestro Cares Co-founder and Grammy Award-winning artist Marc Anthony, who will be in town for his "Vivir Mi Vida" World Tour stop at the Allstate Arena (Sept. 7th).
"We're thrilled to have John on board as our Honorary Master of Ceremonies," said Maestro Cares Co-founder Henry Cardenas. "John represents everything Maestro Cares strives for each day, which is to be the voice for underserved children and to help them become confident, caring, and independent individuals. His sincere desire to empower others is truly inspiring."
Tickets to the event are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.maestrocares.org or by calling 1-312-980-7788.
Mr. Quiñones has been widely recognized for his versatility, professionalism, and dedication as an international news correspondent and anchor throughout a professional career that spans more than 40 years. During this time, he has covered an array of historic events and has been honored for his journalistic excellence through countless accolades including the World Hunger Media Award and a Citation from the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for his 1990 report, "To Save the Children," on the homeless children of Bogota.
"I am delighted to be a part of this special evening and lend my support in the fight against child hunger, abuse, and homelessness in Latin America," said Mr. Quiñones. "I am a firm believer in overcoming great challenges and applaud the work that Maestro Cares is doing to rescue the children. I look forward to a terrific party and saying hello to friends, both old and new."
The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, along with a silent auction boasting sports and entertainment memorabilia and works of art from children in the Dominican Republic.
For more information on Maestro Cares, visit www.maestrocares.org. You can also follow Maestro Cares on Twitter @MaestroCares and Facebook (Facebook.com/Maestro Cares).
ABOUT MAESTRO CARES
The Maestro Cares Foundation was launched in January 2012 by international pop icon Marc Anthony and entrepreneur Henry Cardenas. Maestro Cares improves the quality of life for orphaned children throughout Latin America and works to achieve the mission by providing housing, classrooms, health clinics, dining, and recreational facilities to children in need. In November 2012, Maestro Cares celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Orfanato Niños de Cristo, an orphanage in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The new facility, which will consist of a residence and learning center, is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2014. Learn how you can become an advocate for Maestro Cares by visiting www.maestrocares.org.
ABOUT JOHN QUIÑONES
John Quiñones is the anchor of "What Would You Do?", one of the highest-rated newsmagazine franchises of recent years. During his 25-year tenure at ABC News, he has reported extensively for all programs and platforms and served as anchor of "Primetime."
While Quiñones was covering the Chilean miners' disaster in 2010, he was the first journalist out of thousands to get an exclusive interview with first survivor Mario Sepulveda, who spoke about their horrendous ordeal. In September 1999, Quiñones anchored a critically acclaimed ABC News special entitled "Latin Beat," focusing on the wave of Latin talent sweeping the U.S., the impact of the recent population explosion and how it will affect the nation as a whole. He was awarded an ALMA Award from the National Council of La Raza. He also contributed reports to ABC News' unprecedented 24-hour, live, global Millennium broadcast, which won the George Foster Peabody Award. He was honored with a Gabriel Award for his poignant report that followed a young man to Colombia as he made an emotional journey to reunite with his birth mother after two decades. Other stories originating from Central America include political and economic turmoil in Argentina and civil war in El Salvador.
During the 1980s, Quiñones spent nearly a decade in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama reporting for "World News Tonight." He has won seven national Emmy Awards for his "Primetime Live," "Burning Questions" and "20/20" work. He was awarded an Emmy for his coverage of the Congo's virgin rainforest, which also won the Ark Trust Wildlife Award, and in 1990 he received an Emmy for "Window in the Past," a look at the Yanomamo Indians. He received a National Emmy Award for his work on the ABC documentary "Burning Questions-The Poisoning of America," which aired in September 1988.
Among his other prestigious awards are the First Prize in International Reporting and Robert F. Kennedy Prize for his piece on "Modern Slavery -- Children Sugar Cane Cutters in the Dominican Republic." Quiñones joined ABC News in June 1982 as a general assignment correspondent based in Miami, providing reports for "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" another ABC News broadcasts. He was one of the few American journalists reporting from Panama City during the U.S. invasion in December 1989. Prior to joining ABC News he was a reporter with WBBM-TV in Chicago. He won two Emmy Awards for his 1980 reporting on the plight of illegal aliens from Mexico. From 1975 to 1978, he was news editor at KTRH radio in Houston, Texas. During that period, he also was an anchor-reporter for KPRC-TV.
He received a bachelor of arts in speech communications from St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, and a master's from the Columbia School of Journalism.
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