HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (August 18, 2008) - Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves was back in Hollywood this past weekend to attend the 2008 ALMA Awards. Castroneves joined fellow “Dancing with the Stars” celebrity Cristián de la Fuente to present the “Outstanding Actor in a TV Comedy” award. The show is scheduled to air on September 12th on ABC.
The ALMA Awards was created by National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S., in 1995 as part of its strategy to promote the diverse, accurate, and balanced portrayals of Latinos in the media and the enhancement of the Latino image in the entertainment industry. The show is an example of how inclusion strengthens the entertainment industry.
The evening also included performances by the Black Eyed Peas, John Secada and Brian McKnight, Lisa Lisa and Sergio Mendes. Other celebrity participants included Paula Abdul, Jessica Alba, Cheryl Burke, Oscar De La Hoya, Placido Domingo, Zac Efron, Ryan Seacrest, America Ferrera, Daisy Fuentes, Selena Gomez, MARIO, Joey Medina, Carlos Mencia, Edward James Olmos, Adam Rodriguez, Rosalyn Sanchez, and Charlie Sheen.
“Wow, what a fantastic event,” said Castroneves. “It was an incredible honor to be invited to present an award at this year’s ceremony. I think the ALMA Awards are a very important evening for the Latin community in the United States, and I am certainly proud to have been affiliated with it. The NCLR has done a great job with this event, and I definitely hope to be a part of it for years to come.”