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Santiago, Rodríguez, The Andersons recognized at the César E. Chávez Awards

Special to La Prensa

Two longtime pillars of Northwest Ohio’s Latino community—Lourdes Santiago and Dolores Rodríguez—were recognized for their community service during the 19th annual César E. Chávez Humanitarian Awards Gala, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at the Fat Fish Blue Restaurant/Funny Bone Comedy Club, Levis Common Boulevard, in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Toledo’s Adelante, Inc. also recognized The Andersons, Inc., which received the Amigo Award for its ongoing support for Adelante. Lucas County Auditor Anita López also recognized these contributions.

In addition to the awards and meal, the fund-raising event also featured live musical performances and comedic entertainment, said Adelante’s executive director, Guisselle Mendoza. The event is named after farm labor leader César Chávez, who co-created and co-led United Farm Workers, which helped secure farmworkers the right to unionize and seek better wages, working and living conditions. Mr. Chávez died on April 23, 1993 at the age of 66.

The purpose of the award’s gala is to recognize the hard work and dedication of some of area’s most outstanding leaders or companies, who have emulated through their deeds and actions the courage and commitment exhibited by Seńor Chávez, Ms. Mendoza said.

Guisselle Mendoza presents award to Lourdes Santiago

Dolores Rodríguez

Ms. Lourdes Santiago was recognized by receiving the César E. Chávez Humanitarian  Award; she is a former Toledo city councilwoman and a longtime city employee who worked for numerous years for the City of Toledo Law Department. She most recently served as director of the City of Toledo’s Department of Neighborhoods under Mayor Michael Bell’s administration.

During her years as a Toledo City Councilwoman, Ms. Santiago continued to practice law with Gallon, Takacs, Boissoinelle & Schaffer (Gallon & Takacs), where she worked as an associate in general practice, with a specialty in immigration law.

Ms. Dolores Rodríguez was recognized by receiving the Amiga Award; she has been an outspoken advocate for better economic, health, and educational opportunities for Toledo’s Latino community for more than four decades. She recently retired from the Economic Opportunity Planning Association of Greater Toledo (EOPA, now Pathway). Dolores was the very first recipient of Adelante’s César E. Chávez Humanitarian Award in 2003.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to cover the center’s overhead costs, such as building repairs, which most grants can’t be used for, said Mendoza. The Center in recent years has lost more than one-third of its funding, officials say. According to Director Mendoza, despite the financial challenges, “Adelante has continued to provide a variety of programs, including children’s programs and health education.”

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