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September 14, 2011


The Denver Broncos have selected Mario Carrera as the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, a recognition made possible through the support of Bud Light. 

The NFL and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) have partnered to launch the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards Presented by Bud Light during the 2011 celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.  The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market.

The Broncos will honor Carrera on-field this Sunday when the Broncos take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Carrera will be recognized prior to kickoff at Denver’s week two match-up, designated as their 2011 Hispanic Heritage game.

Carrera, a Harvard University graduate, is an accomplished senior executive with top rated media sales, television, radio and online properties and a successful track record of growing cash-flow margins. He has worked with many companies and under his tenure in Colorado, Entravision’s Noticias Univision Colorado has won 14 Emmy’s to date and KCEC-TV won the Best 2010 Public Service Award Campaign from the Colorado Broadcasters Association. In both 2007 and 2009, he was recognized as General Manager of the Year and the Best Radio Manager for a Large Market by Radio Ink Magazine. His success in media management is directly attributed to his belief that the main purpose of mass media is to enhance the lives and economic well being of the community through education, information and entertainment. Carrera has also made it a point to dedicate time for community service, outside business interests and family. He recently served as the 2010 Chair for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver, and is currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Denver Area Council Boy Scouts of America, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Broadcasters Association. 

With support from Bud Light, each award recipient will select an organization of their choice that serves the local Hispanic community to receive a $2,000 donation. 
“Bud Light is recognizing 32 great leaders in each of the 32 NFL cities with this award,” said Margarita Flores, vice president of community affairs for Anheuser-Busch. “We applaud all the recipients for their work in making a difference in and improving their local communities.”

Carrera has chosen Clinica Tepeyac to receive this donation.  Clínica Tepeyac provides culturally competent health care and preventive health services for the medically underserved.  Since 1993, Clínica Tepeyac has grown tremendously and become a model for providing health education, prevention, and primary medical services to the Latino population. 

One of the 32 recipients will also be selected by the NFL and HHF to be recognized at the HHF’s national Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington, D.C. on September 15.  The Hispanic Heritage Awards honor notable Latinos who have distinguished themselves in various fields and made an impact on America and globally. The Awards are considered the highest honor by Hispanics for Hispanics in America.  In 2011, the Hispanic Heritage Awards mark their 25th Anniversary, which is also the anniversary of Hispanic Heritage Month in America. 

Bud Light and Anheuser-Busch have been a longtime friend and partner of the Latino community, enriching people’s lives by supporting organizations that make a positive difference. In the past two decades alone, grants and contributions in support of the Latino community have totaled more than $64 million.

The NFL will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month during Week 3 of the 2011 season. A national spotlight will be shined on the NFL’s celebration during Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football. The Pittsburgh Steelers face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, September 25 and the Washington Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, September 26. 

Rebecca Villanueva, Denver Broncos: 303-264-5598, rebecca.villanueva@broncos.nfl.net
Bobby Mestas, Denver Broncos: 720-258-3119, bobby.mestas@broncos.nfl.net
Darlene Capiro, NFL: 212/450-2175, darlene.capiro@nfl.com   
Antonio Tijerino, HHF: 703/871-4844, antonio@hispanicheritage.org  
Phillip Cleveland, Bud Light: 314/577-9637, phillip.cleveland@anheuser-busch.com
Joe Muehlenkamp, Bud Light: 314/577-7528, joseph.muehlenkamp@anheuser-busch.com

About Anheuser-Busch
Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 48.3 percent share of U.S. beer sales to retailers.  The company brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light.  Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading brewer.  Anheuser-Busch is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo.  For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com

About the Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Since 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) has inspired, identified, prepared and positioned Latino leaders.  There call to action is to “help a Latino help a hundred more.” Please visit www.HispanicHeritage.org for more information.

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