Press Release

For Immediate Release: October 9, 2015

Moving New Jersey Forward Foundation to host Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

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The Moving New Jersey Forward Foundation will be hosting a huge celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

“As someone of El Salvadorian origin and a representative of one of the most culturally diverse Counties in the State, I have always felt immensely proud of the values, traditions, contributions, and achievements the Hispanic culture brings to our neighborhoods,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados. “It is great to see so many different Hispanic organizations working together, not only promote their own ethnicity but to promote other cultures to the community. I would like to thank everyone who is participating in this event on Sunday.”

Moving New Jersey Forward is a community-based non-profit founded by Freeholder Sergio Granados, whose mission is to raise awareness and education efforts at the local and national level about social justice issues. Residents and visitors can learn about the organization as well as experience the Hispanic culture through the event’s folkloric performances, entertainment for the kids and a food tasting of the various ethnicities from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Freeholder Granados is doing an excellent job of promoting the cultural diversity of our City and County, also while supporting our local restaurants and organizations,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “I encourage all of our residents to attend this wonderful event as we celebrate and honor the Hispanic community’s countless contributions to our community.”

Some of the participating organizations include: Colombianos Sin Fronteras, Peruvians for Progress Inc, Ecuatorians Unidos, Hispanos Unidos, Elizabeth Cubanos Lions Club, Puerto Rican Alliance of Elizabeth – PRAE, Hispanic Law Enforcement Association of Union County, Comite Solidario de New Jersey, & Consejo Consultivo D20 de Uruguay and many more.

“Hispanics continue to make outstanding contributions in so many different areas to Union County,” Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh said. “We are happy to join in programs this month to honor the rich heritage of the Hispanic community and celebrate its countless achievements.”

The event is being held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the O’Donnell Dempsey Center, located at 622 Salem Avenue in Elizabeth. Visitors can find additional parking at Masjid Darul Islam, located at 602-612 Salem Avenue.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a nationally recognized holiday that traditionally runs from September 15 through October 15 each year. For more information about this event, please call Marcela Nunez at 908-425-2529.

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