In 1988, San Benito LULAC hosted the first Hispanic Women in Action Reception established to honor women in San Benito County who serve as role models to their community. Since its inception, the Women's Reception event attendees have raised over $164,000 for graduating seniors as proceeds benefit the LULAC scholarship fund.
Each year, community members look forward to attending the LULAC Women's Reception in celebration of women everywhere and to pay special tribute to two women who have committed themselves to inspiring others through their unyielding civic engagement.
The 2017 LULAC Women of the Year honorees Ruth Hermosillo and Brenda Weatherly. Recipients are selected based on their accomplishments and their meaningful voluntary contributions to their overall communities and their participation in community/civic affairs.
Hermosillo currently serves as secretary of the San Benito LULAC Council. She has also served in several LULAC state and national positions, proudly representing San Benito LULAC Council No. 2890. She is a living symbol of LULAC'S philosophy of creating positive change through personal integrity and ethical leadership.
"Ruth Hermosillo represents the core values of what it means to a LULAC member and she exemplifies the organization's motto of "All for One, One for All" for her ability to bring humility and unanimity to her position," said Cesar Flores San Benito LULAC president.
The second LULAC Woman of the Year honoree is Brenda Weatherly, who recently retired as the longest-serving executive director in the Hollister Downtown Association's 30-year history. LULAC recognizes her commitment to the community, but more specifically, to her everlasting support of local youth. Over the years, she has provided volunteer opportunities for countless of local students. By providing these opportunities, she has given these students the tools to demonstrate the spirit of what makes Hollister a wonderful place to live. Weatherly has also served on dozens of community organizations and is valued for her work ethic and dynamic personality. When asked what inspires her, she replied: "My volunteer participation in various groups throughout my life is a product of my upbringing." Although she has left the HDA, her essence continues to be a very an integral part of this community.
LULAC also recognizes local San Benito High School graduates as the recipients of the Young Woman Award: Christina Saucedo, a registered nurse, and educator Marcela Serrano, for inspiring young women everywhere.
The evening's keynote speaker will be Assemblywoman Anna M. Caballero, representing the 30th California Assembly District. Caballero served in the administration of Gov. Jerry. Brown as a cabinet Secretary of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Under her leadership, $65 million was allocated to build housing and provide services for homeless veterans, families struggling to make mortgage payments could access assistance to refinance their homes, and new funding criteria was established for affordable housing and sustainable communities, including rural communities. During her time working with Governor Brown, Caballero was the highest-ranking Latina in state government.
The Women's Reception is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Paine's Restaurant banquet room from 5 to 9 p.m.
The program includes dinner, entertainment by Lupe Castaneda and Linda Solano, an awards presentation and opportunity drawings. The cost to attend is $40 per ticket, and no tickets will be sold at the door. Please reserve your tickets early, as the annual event will sell-out.
For reception tickets or information contact the following for more information: Ruth (831) 596-2914, Veronica (831) 245-6971, Ana (702) 767-4807, Parveen (831) 524-2011, and Mickie (831) 673-2009.