Eighth Annual Cesar Chavez Community Celebration in Brawley
Cesar Chavez memorabilia is displayed for viewing at the Eighth annual Cesar Chavez Community Celebration Saturday at Brawley Cattle Call Arena. (FERNANDO ACOSTA JR. PHOTO / April 20, 2013)
“He stayed at my grandmother’s house and she made food for him,” said Perez
Perez said many of her aunts and uncles were farmworkers.
Chavez had an impact on Perez she said, because he was a hard worker, poor but he eventually made something of himself.
“I like coming to the Cesar Chavez Festival because these events get the community together,” said Perez.
People gathered in Brawley for the eighth annual Cesar Chavez Community Celebration at Cattle Call Park.
Families enjoyed folklorico dancing and a Zumba performance by the Zumba Sistas.
Eric Reyes, event organizer and executive director at the Institute for Socio-Economic Justice, said more than 3,500 people attended the community celebration Saturday.
Reyes said they gathered more than 30 sponsors for one of the largest Cesar Chavez celebrations in the Imperial Valley.
The funds that were raised go toward the five-kilometer walk/run for the Anthony Garcia Foundation, scholarships and to run social service programs at the institute.
“We must work toward improving our whole community and offer access to opportunities for everybody,” said Reyes. “The only way we can do that, is if we give of ourselves.” The celebration kicked off with the 5k run/walk for Anthony Garcia Foundation.
Joe Montenegro received the Si Se Puede community service award, which honors an individual or organization for the work they have done for the community, said Reyes. Montenegro is the district operations manager for the Southern California Gas Co. and volunteers at the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Imperial County, the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Imperial County and MANA de Imperial Valley, to name a few.
Several local and out-of-town bands also took the stage for the celebration.
Martha Alvarez, from Brawley, came to the celebration to see her daughters perform folklorico dancing. This was the first year she and her family attended.
“I am here to enjoy the view and entertainment,” said Alvarez
Alvarez said she hopes, by coming to the Cesar Chavez celebration, that her children understand the importance of fighting for equality at the workplace, especially because of her Hispanic heritage.
Audrey Agundez, from Brawley, said people need to learn about Cesar Chavez, especially what he stood for.
“This is a beautiful day and I think we should celebrate, and enjoy the music,” said Agundez.
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