This article was provide by LULAC of San Benito County.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of San Benito County celebrated its 30th anniversary amongst its many supporters and friends.
On Oct.8, San Benito LULAC hosted its anniversary celebration at the Elks Lodge in Hollister. The evening included a dinner, program and entertainment by Trio Borincano and Cafecito Latino Band. The event sold out and guests joined to recognize another year of LULAC accomplishments.
Distinguished guests included: Roger Rocha (National LULAC President), David Hernandez (LULAC National Vice-president), Brent Wilkes (LULAC National Executive Director), Congressman Jimmy Panetta, Reed Sanders (Senator Canella Office), Assemblymember Anna Caballero, Rita Medina Chavez with the Cesar Chavez Family Vision Foundation.
Over its 30 year history, LULAC has been in the forefront of civil rights and education advocacy. The organization prides itself on developing several community-based programs aimed at improving the lives of local students. Over the years, San Benito LULAC has awarded thousands of dollars to fullfill its mission of advancing the educational attainment of graduating seniors. These grassroot programs have produced youth who embody leadership through their personal journeys and their incredible stories of success.
The 30th Anniversary celebration concluded with a powerful closing statement by a student, who shared her personal journey growing-up in the United States as an undocumented child. As a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, she spoke of the struggles of trying to assimilate. Despite these obstacles, she rose to lead several youth clubs and developed an impressive list of accomplishments. She concluded by expressing her gratitude to San Benito LULAC for affording her the leadership skills needed to start her journey as a student at Sacramento State University majoring in Child Development and Education.
"To our friends who joined us, supported us and celebrated with us in person or in spirit, we thank you for making this the anniversary celebration a success," said a member of the San Benito LULAC 30th Anniversary Committee.