2019 Women of the Year

This article was contributed by San Benito LULAC.

Since 1988, San Benito LULAC has hosted the scholarship fundraising Women in Action reception in celebration of the accomplishments of local women. The reception is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24 at Paine’s Restaurant in Hollister.

This year, LULAC welcomes keynote speaker Lydia Camarillo to San Benito County. Ms. Camarillo serves as President of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP). SVREP was founded in 1974 and is the largest and oldest non-partisan voter participation organization in the United States. In 1999, President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore appointed Ms. Camarillo to serve as Chief Executive Officer of the 2000 National Convention. The event will be emceed by San Benito County Office of Education Superintendent Krystal Lomanto.

Each year, the event pays special tribute to local women who have committed themselves to inspiring others through their unyielding civic and professional contributions. The 2019 Women of the Year reception honorees include Elaine Klauer and Shirley Trevino.

Elaine Klauer is a Hollister native with a long commitment in the field of education and youth empowerment. The second honoree is Shirley Trevino, community advocate for underserved and underrepresented communities. Both women have a longstanding commitment to improving their community throught hard work and dedication.

LULAC also recognizes two San Benito High School graduates as the recipients of the Young Woman Award. Samantha Barrientos is a San Benito High School graduate and the first-ever head girls’ wrestling coach at San Benito High School. The second honoree is Reina Gonzales, who graduated from University of the Pacific and is an elementary school teacher and community volunteer.

The proceeds from the reception are contributed to the LULAC scholarship program, which has provided over $165,000 to local graduating students that are continuing their path to a higher education.

Ticket Information: The program includes dinner, entertainment by Cafecito Combo, an awards presentation and silent auction. The cost to attend is $50 per ticket, no tickets will be sold at the door, the annual event will sell out. Tickets may be purchased online or by contacting Ruth Hermosillo at (831) 596-2914, Mickie Luna at (831) 673-2009, Riana Gutierrez at (831) 801-2901 or Veronica Lezama at (831) 245-6971.