Press Release

For Immediate Release: December 9, 2016

South Asian Community Outreach (SACO) Organization to Present Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados with Civic Service Award

South Asian Community Outreach (SACO) will honor Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados with a Civic Service award for his commitment to engaging diverse communities throughout New Jersey in his continued efforts to achieve social unity and economic equality among all residents. Vice Chairman Granados will be formally honored at the SACO annual Interfaith Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Albert’s Palace in Edison, NJ.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by SACO, whose mission is vital to achieving full engagement and representation of New Jersey’s diversity in civic service,” said Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados. “Making a difference begins with engaging and empowering the community and each other. I am proud of the work of SACO that puts the community first. As one of the most diverse states in the country, it is important to not only work to represent, engage, and support the residents of Union County but also those throughout the State of New Jersey, and SACO is an important partner to reach beyond the Union County boarders.”

“Freeholder Vice Chairman Granados’ diligent work as a community leader exemplifies the mission of our organization and brings honor to this award,” said SACO President Sam Khan. “Vice Chairman Granados is an important ambassador for what SACO seeks to achieve.”

Tickets to the SACO annual Interfaith Holiday Celebration are available now. Each ticket includes dinner, live music, picture with Santa and much more. For more information or to purchase tickets through the SACO visit saconj.com or call (732) 902-2106.

South Asian Community Outreach (SACO) is a New Jersey based non-profit, non-religious and bipartisan organization. The mission of SACO is to promote South Asian Americans in mainstream public affairs, civic discourse, community outreach and party politics in the US.

Central to the SACO mission is the formation of partnerships to address social injustices and build alliances between South Asians and other communities who struggle for long-term social change.

SACO seeks to empower South Asian Americans in American politics. SACO is dedicated to advancing the health, empowerment and solidarity of persons of South Asian origin in the US. SACO believes in self-sustaining communities who actively raise their voices, take leadership and challenge social injustices, both within and beyond the South Asian community.

Freeholder Vice Chairman Sergio Granados, a native of Elizabeth and community activist who has experience working with non-profits and volunteer organizations, was elected to his first full term to the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder in 2013 – becoming the youngest Democratic Freeholder ever elected in the State of New Jersey. Granados also holds a Masters of Public Administration from Kean University.

Through his work on the Freeholder Board, Granados has emphasized community outreach and fiscal reform, workforce initiatives that have created over 1,000 job opportunities in 2015 alone,  parks and educational improvements, and additional initiatives to benefit veterans and individuals with disabilities.

In 2015, Granados founded Moving New Jersey Forward, a community-based non-profit, whose mission is to raise awareness and education efforts at the local and national level about social justice issues.

In addition, Granados has a long record of activism, he has served with many organizations, including Hispanos Unidos, the Elizabeth Lions Club, the Portuguese Instructive Social Club, the Elizabeth Portugal Day Committee, Union County Latino-American Chamber of Commerce, New Leaders Council-New Jersey & Shaping Elizabeth.

The SACO annual Interfaith Holiday Celebration will be held on Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Albert’s Palace in Edison, NJ. For more information about SACO visit saconj.com.

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