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2011 Community Breakfast – Official Program

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

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2011 Community Breakfast Program

2011 Community Breakfast-Slideshow

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
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Georgetown parent named Perez Award winner

Friday, January 21st, 2011

By Kevin Stahr

Adolfo Lopez, a devoted Georgetown Elementary School parent, has been named the Peter Perez Award recipient for 2011 by the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board (AHHAB). 

Lopez will be honored at the AHHAB’s annual Community Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road. The Peter Perez Award, which honors the legacy of the former Aurora Police officer, recognizes outstanding leadership and impact on the Hispanic community. 

Lopez has exceeded his role as a parent by ensuring his involvement at Indian Prairie School District 204 fully represents the interests of more than 1,200 Latino families. As a Georgetown School parent liaison, Lopez promotes Hispanic parental involvement and improving Hispanic students’ education success. He also serves as a Georgetown Relief Efforts Neighborhood Organization (GRENO) board member to increase the level of Hispanic involvement in clean-up and beautification efforts. 

State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia of Aurora will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast. Tickets are $18 per person and go toward the board’s scholarship fund that benefits the children from kindergarten through college. Mayor Tom Weisner will present awards to local students who participated in a coloring, poster and essay contests. Scholarships also will be presented to high school seniors and students already enrolled in college. 

Tickets can be purchased by calling Dee Basile at (630) 256-3360. For more information on the AHHAB, visit the group’s website at www.aurorahispanicheritage.com. 

This year’s award winners are: 

Coloring Contest (Kindergarten to second 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)
Elizabeth Saldana, East Aurora High School
Erick Tapia, East Aurora High School
Vanessa Valenciano, East Aurora High School
Antonio Vazquez, East Aurora High School 

College/University Scholarships (High school)
Carolina Galindo, Rosary High School
Marisol Calderon-Ramos, West Aurora High School
Octavio Escalante, West Aurora High School
Jenny Karime Hernandez, East Aurora High School
Juan Molina, West Aurora High School
Ana Nino, East Aurora High School
Desury Leonor Paredes, East Aurora High School
Brenda Rocha, Rosary High School
Arianna Rodriguez, Rosary High School
Alejandra Saldana, East Aurora High School 

Higher Learning Scholarships, (College students)
David Aquino, Aurora University
Karina Diaz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
David Ferrel, Aurora University
Jomar Mendoza, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

Award Recipients Named by Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Aurora-

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

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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. 

2011 Community Breakfast-TICKETS

Monday, January 10th, 2011

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PETER PEREZ AWARD NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Nominations for the Peter J. Perez Award recognizing a leader in the Hispanic community will be accepted until Thursday, Jan. 6.

The Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board celebrates Perez by honoring an adult who exemplifies leadership and commitment to the Aurora Hispanic community.  Nominees, who must be 18 and older, must volunteer in the Aurora Hispanic community, demonstrate dedication to the City and serve as a positive role model.

The AHHAB will honor the award winner during its annual community breakfast scheduled for 7:30-9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Gaslite Manor, 2485 Church Road.  The theme for the breakfast is “Inspiration for Success, Character, Choices and Community: Why I am a role model.”

Peter Perez went to Marmion Military Academy in Aurora and the University of Illinois, where he excelled in football and went on to play for the Chicago Bears.  After football, Perez joined the Aurora Police Department, where he served for 21 years.  He retired as a lieutenant in 1979 and then served as Kane County undersheriff for 13 years.

Perez 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 given by the Hispanic Illinois State Law Enforcement Association in 1990.  Perez died in 1999 at age 74.

Perez Award nomination letters may be e-mailed to Events Coordinator Dee Basile at dbasile@aurora-il.org or mailed to the Special Events Office, 5 E. Downer Place, Suite A, Aurora, IL 60507 or faxed to (630) 256-3379.  Names and contact information should be provided.

The City’s top high school students, along with young artists and essay writers, also will be honored at the breakfast next month. 

Youth leadership and service awards will be handed out to high school students who have excelled in academics or sports.  High school and college students also have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship through the AHHAB.

Aurora elementary schools have been asked by the AHHAB to participate in a coloring contest for kindergarten through second grade, a poster contest for third through fifth grade and an essay contest for middle school students. 

Residents interested in applying for any of the contests may download an application from the AHHAB website at www.aurorahispanicheritage.com.  Other prerequisites may apply.  Applications are due Wednesday, Dec. 15.

HISPANIC HERITAGE BOARD SEEKS STUDENT APPLICATIONS, PETER PEREZ AWARD NOMINATIONS

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

The City of Aurora’s Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board is accepting applications from high school students who are making a difference in the classroom and the athletic field.

The AHHAB will honor the City’s top students, along with young artists and essay writers, during its annual community breakfast scheduled for Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. The theme for the breakfast is “Inspiration for Success, Character, Choices and Community: Why I am a role model.”

Youth leadership and service awards will be handed out to high school students who have excelled in academics or sports. High school and college students also have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship through the AHHAB.

Aurora elementary schools have been asked by the AHHAB to participate in a coloring contest for kindergarten through second grade, a poster contest for third through fifth grade and an essay contest for middle school students.

Residents interested in applying for any of the contests may download an application from the AHHAB website at www.aurorahispanicheritage.com. Other prerequisites may apply. Applications are due Wednesday, Dec. 15.

The AHHAB also will be celebrating the memory of Peter J. Perez by recognizing an adult who exemplifies leadership and commitment to the Aurora Hispanic community. Nominees, who must be 18 and older, must volunteer in the Aurora Hispanic community, demonstrate dedication to the City and serve as a positive role model.

Peter Perez went to Marmion Military Academy in Aurora and the University of Illinois, where he excelled in football and went on to play for the Chicago Bears. After football, Perez joined the Aurora Police Department, where he served for 21 years. He retired as a lieutenant in 1979 and then served as Kane County undersheriff for 13 years.

Perez 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 given by the Hispanic Illinois State Law Enforcement Association in 1990. Perez died in 1999 at age 74.

Perez Award nomination letters may be e-mailed to Events Coordinator Dee Basile at dbasile@aurora-il.orgor mailed to the City of Aurora Special Events Office, 5 E. Downer Place, Suite A, Aurora, IL 60507 or faxed to (630) 256-3379. Names and contact information should be provided. The deadline is Dec. 15.

2011 Community Breakfast

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

The Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board (AHHAB) is a community-based organization that is funded by the City of Aurora. Our mission is to act as a bridge between the Hispanic community and all other communities in Aurora. One primary way we realize this mission is through our participation, support and sponsorship geared to recognizing and supporting our Aurora students.We are proud to announce that it will be hosting its annual Community Breakfast on Friday, January 21, 2011 at Gaslight Manor. Like in years past, Thomas J. Weisner, the Mayor of Aurora, will present awards to the student winners from the Aurora community who have achieved excellence in academics, athletics and in leadership. He will also recognize young artists, essay writers and individuals making a difference with the Hispanic community. The theme for the 2011 breakfast is “Inspirations for Success: Why I am a Role Model” and below you may find our categories for your school’s participation: Coloring Contest (for Grades Kindergarten, 1 and 2 of all ethnicities) Poster Contest (for Grades 3, 4 and 5 of all ethnicities) Essay Contest (for Grades 6, 7 and 8 of all ethnicities) Youth Leadership and Service Award (for Grades 9, 10 and 11) High School Senior: Scholarship Application Packets (for Grade 12 only) Higher Learning: Scholarship Application Packets (Ages 18-21 years old) Pete Perez Nomination Form (for adults serving the Aurora community). We sincerely hope you can encourage our community’s students to participate in the appropriate contests to promote our community’s vibrant Hispanic culture. It would be an asset to have your school represented in the awards ceremony! Winners will be selected by the Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board and this is a great opportunity for your students to be honored for their talents at a city-sponsored event promoting education. Please note that all entries must be received by Wednesday, December 15, 2010. For additional information, please contact Diana Torres, Chair of the AHHAB at torres.diana@gmail.com or
630-800-8982.

AWARD RECIPIENT NAMED BY HISPANIC HERITAGE ADVISORY BOARD

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

AURORA, ILLINOIS – Gonzalo Arroyo, the director of Aurora’s Family Focus, has been named the Pete Perez Award Recipient for 2010 by the city’s Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board (AHHAB). 

Arroyo will be honored at the Board’s annual Community Breakfast on Thursday, January 28, at 7:30 AM, at Long Island Sound Banquets, 1920 E. New York Street, Aurora. Tickets are $15 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. 

Family Focus Aurora is a not-for-profit organization providing immigration services, adult education, family services, child development, after-school programs and outreach and information for the community. In addition, Arroyo is the co-founder and first president of Federacion de Clubes Michoacanos in Illinois and has also served on multiple community boards including East Aurora School District 131, the Michoacan Government Committee and is an auxiliary member for Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Extranjero (IME).  Arroyo was nominated by Club San Pedro of Aurora. 

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 2009 AHHAB honoree was Jesse “the Law” Torres, coach and mentor for the Jesse “the Law” Torres Boxing gym.

The Community Breakfast will also feature an awards ceremony to recognize 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. 

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the City’s Special Events Office at 630-844-4731 or by e-mailing specialevents@aurora-il.org.  Credit Card payments will be accepted only at City Hall, 44 E. Downer Place.