Adolfo Lopez, a devoted Georgetown Elementary School parent, has been named the Pete Perez Award Recipient for 2011 by the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board (AHHAB).
Lopez will be honored at the Board’s annual Community Breakfast on Friday, January 21, at 7:30 AM, at Gaslight Manor, 2485 Church Road, Aurora. Tickets are $18 per person and go toward the Board’s Scholarship Fund that recognizes the community’s accomplished youth from Kindergarten through the university level.
Each year, the Board solicits recommendations from the Aurora community to identify leaders, athletes, artists, writers and others to honor the legacy of the late Pete Perez. The recipient is selected for their outstanding leadership and impact on the Hispanic community.
Lopez has exceeded his role as a parent by ensuring that his involvement in the Indian Prairie School District 204 fully represents the interests and concerns of over 1,200 Latino families. As the Title I Parent Liaison for Georgetown Elementary School, Lopez is dedicated to ensure that parental involvement is a priority. A major part of his volunteer work focuses on promoting Hispanic parental involvement through various strategies and improving Hispanic students’ educational success. Lopez also serves as a board member of Georgetown Relief Efforts Neighborhood Organization (GRENO) and has helped to increase the level of Hispanic involvement in community clean-up and beautification efforts. Lopez was nominated by Lily Guzman of Georgetown Elementary School.
Pete Perez was a highly respected Aurora police officer who was named the Aurora Exchange Club’s Policeman of the Year in 1966 and was the first recipient of the Hector Jordan Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hispanic Illinois State Law Enforcement Association in 1990. After his retirement, Perez continued to serve the community on the Kane County Merit Commission, which conducts testing for correctional officers and sheriff’s deputies.
The 2010 AHHAB honoree was Gonzalo Arroyo, the director of Aurora’s Family Focus.
This year’s theme for the Community Breakfast is: “Inspirations for Success, Character, Choices and Community: Why I am a role model.” The keynote speaker is Representative Linda Chapa LaVia and the event will also feature the Honorable Mayor Thomas J. Weisner, Mayor of Aurora, presenting the awards to local students who participated in a coloring contest (K-2), poster contest (3-5), and essay contest (6-8). Scholarships will also be presented to high school seniors and students already enrolled in colleges and universities.
This year’s winners are:
Coloring Contest (Kindergarten through 2nd grade)
First place: Ariana Zepeda, Beaupre School, 2nd grade
Second place: Natalie Garcia, Nancy Hill School, Kindergarten
Third place: Ian Nicholas Ortega, Annunciation, 1st grade
Poster Contest (Grades 3 to 5)
First place: Alicia Davalos, Gombert School, 5th grade
Second place: Estefani Cazarez, Beaupre School, 4th grade
Third place: Ana Ruiz, Beaupre School, 5th grade
Essay Contest (Grades 6 to 8 )
First place: Fabian A. Guerrero Jr., Jefferson Middle School, 6th grade
Second place: Lorena Madrigal, Cowherd Middle School, 8th grade
Third place: Ayamel Marcial, Waldo Middle School, 8th grade
Youth Leadership & Service Award (Grades 9 to 11)
Antonio Vazquez, East Aurora High School
Elizabeth Saldana, East Aurora High School
Vanessa Valenciano, East Aurora High School
Erick Tapia, East Aurora High School
College/University Scholarships, Grade 12
Octavio Escalante, West Aurora High School
Juan Molina, West Aurora High School
Carolina Galindo, Rosary High School
Jenny Karime Hernandez, East Aurora High School
Higher Learning Scholarships, Ages 18-21 already enrolled in College/University
Jomar Mendoza, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis
David Ferrel, Aurora University
Karina Diaz, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
David Aquino, Aurora University
Tickets can be purchased by contacting Dee Nila Basile at 630.256.3360.