City of Toledo
recognizes HHM and award recipients
Sept. 17, 2019: The Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, The City
of Toledo, La Prensa Newspaper, and Nuestra Gente Radio
held a 3:00 p.m. press conference on the first floor of One
Government Center in Toledo to kick-off the start of Hispanic
Heritage Month [HHM], which included the presentation of pa
city resolution to the 2019 State of Ohio Distinguished
Hispanic Ohioan (DHO) Awardees.
Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, and City
Councilman Gary Johnson made the presentations along with
comments by Dr. Gregory A. Guzmán.
In fulfillment of the mandate to “secure appropriate recognition
of the accomplishments of the Hispanic/Latino people to the
State of Ohio” (Ohio Revised Code §
121.32(B)), the 11-Member Ohio Latino Affairs
Commission, with Dr. Gregory A. Guzmán serving as NW Ohio
Commissioner, have selected Northwest Ohio’s recipients as:
• José Luna
has been selected to receive the 2019 Distinguished Hispanic
Ohioan (DHO) Award. Mr. Luna serves as the Hispanic Outreach
Coordinator for the Toledo Public School System, is a
published author of children’s
books, a musician, and one of our area’s strongest education
• Ezequiel Villa has been selected to receive the 2019
Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan (DHO) Military Service Award.
Mr. Villa is not only a highly decorated Veteran of the Korean
War, owner of the longest standing
Mexican business in Toledo – “El Tipico” Mexican restaurant,
but also the youngest man on record to ever serve in the United
States Air Force at the age of 14.
• Nueva Esperanza Community Credit Union has been
selected to receive the 2019 Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan (DHO)
Nuestra Familia Award. Nueva Esperanza, with Sue Cuevas
serving as CEO & president, is the first
Latino-focused credit union in the State of Ohio and, according
to Ms. Cuevas, only the 3rd in the Nation. It is a member-owned
financial institution offering savings and loans. It was
chartered in 2010 with less than 10-members. Today, they have
over $2 million in assets with over 500-members.
Below is a copy of the Resolution: