Adelante honors Jessica Molina and Dr. Richard Paat at festival,
By La Prensa Staff
TOLEDO, Sept. 18, 2021:
Adelante, Inc. hosted its 2nd Annual event
honoring César Chávez and recognizing individuals as
Adelante’s “friends in the community that were involved in the
betterment of the community.” This event was held at
Promenade Park in downtown Toledo—the reconstructed site of
numerous Latino festivals.
included bands—such as Grupo Vicio, La Corporacíon, Gabriel
Burciaga and The Bad Boyz—DJ Pablo Urbina, and El Corazón
de México Ballet Folklorico.
Food, merchandise, and
information vendors were involved, along with a Motorcycle Bike
Show in partnership with the Homeboys Riding Club.
Admission was $10 in advance / $15 at the entrance.
There were hundreds in
attendance throughout the course of the day, 3 to 11PM, enjoying
the breeze, companionship, food, drink, dance, and music. Good
tacos were eaten by many. Some wore masks but many didn’t,
and this is one of the problems of the current pandemic, which
is going on 2 years.
The César Chávez Humanitarian Award celebrates the accomplishments and
unselfish commitment of a servant leader to service, education,
and economic opportunities for Latinos. This year’s award
recipient, Jessica Molina, is a servant leader of Mexican
descent who has dedicated herself to working with children and
families to ensure their needs are met in the education arena.
According to its director,
Sabina Serratos, “Jessica has been a fearless leader
throughout the national COVID-19 pandemic, even opening the
doors to her school (Escuela Smart) to ensure
vaccinations were accessible to underrepresented families.”
Adelante, Inc. will also
present the Amigo Award to Dr. Richard Paat for
his commitment in engaging the Latino Community through
collaborative efforts and initiatives to ensure that Latino
children, youth and adults have access to adequate healthcare.
“Dr. Paat is relentless in
his missionary work overall, often traveling across the world to
deliver medical help to those in need. His commitment to the
local community has been unwavering for many years. He has led a
COVID -19 vaccination effort over the past 19 months, making
underrepresented populations a priority for access and service
delivery,” said Ms. Serratos.
Heritage Month celebration was sponsored by: ProMedica, PNC
Bank, Lucas County Auditor’s Office, La Prensa, KeyBank, The
Andersons, Owens Corning, Edward Jones, First Insurance Group,
Lucas County Public Library, Hollywood Casino, Zepf Center,
Harbor, IBEW Local 8 – Latin Labor Council/ Electrical Union,
IKORCC Local 351- Carpenter Union, Homeboys RC, GBQ Partners and
AFLAC- Melanie King.
According to director
Serratos: “In collaboration with business and community
organizations, Adelante strives to improve the quality of life
for Latinos and Toledo residents by: providing early childhood,
secondary and adult educational programs; facilitating access to
prevention, health and social services for all ages; promoting
and providing economic empowerment and access to workforce
opportunities; providing youth development services and program;
and creating awareness of the richness of the Latino culture.”
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