May 10, 2004 - Recent Grand Prix of Miami overall winner Milka will speak as part of CATALINA magazine's 2004 "Essence of Latina's" tour stop on Thursday night May 13, 2004 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL.

Milka will be joined by Bacardi Heiress Carolina Bacardi, Los Angeles TV Producer/Correspondent Dunia Elvir and TV Judge Cristina Perez.

CATALINA magazine's 2nd annual "Essence of Latinas Tour" Miami event creates an opportunity for Miami residents to meet some of the nation's most extraordinary women. Each stop on the national tour also features a fundraiser for a Hispanic charity in the host city. With thanks to the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, a silent auction will be held during the event with proceeds benefiting Miami's Girls Advocacy Project (GAP), an intervention program for girls in the juvenile justice system.

"The Miami event is part of our national 'Essence of Latinas' tour which inspires attendees with powerful speakers, and gives back to the community we visit," says CATALINA publisher, and Miami native, Cathy Areu.

The event is free, and will be held at the historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served, and attendees will receive free gift bags. Attendees are asked to R.S.V.P. by May 10. For more information, visit .

Milka is the only Latina race car driver participating at a top level of world-class motors sports. With her victory at this year's Grand Prix of Miami Milka became the first woman in history to win a major North American sports car race. In her six years of professional racing Milka has competed at the highest levels of sports car racing both in Europe and North America. In each of these racing series Milka was the first woman in history to drive the series' fastest race cars.

Milka is competing, in the 2004 Rolex Sports Car Championship, in the #2 CITGO Crawford Pontiac-powered Daytona Prototype sports car with veteran Andy Wallace as her co-driver.

CITGO, based in Tulsa, Okla., is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals, refined waxes, asphalt and other industrial products.  The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.  For more information on CITGO visit .

Additional information on drivers Milka Duno and Andy Wallace is available at and , respectively. For more information on the Rolex Sports Car Series please visit .



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