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First Union County Hispanic Heritage Celebration to be held Sunday, Sept. 23

Five local leaders honored for community achievement

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites the community to join the County’s first Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Sunday, September 23rd, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving Street in Rahway. The Freeholder Board is partnering with the City of Rahway for the event, which is free and open to the general public.

The event is free but pre-registration is requested. To register, use the online form at

The event includes live performances, an awards ceremony, food tastings and more. Public parking is available at the Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage location nearby, at 360 Hamilton Street.

“It is an honor, as Chairman, to host the County’s first Hispanic Heritage event. Now more than ever, it is important to celebrate the diversity and cultural ties that build a strong, inclusive community,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, who is of Salvadoran-American descent. “Hispanics continue to make major contributions in all aspects of American life. Whether in the sphere of civic service, entrepreneurship, innovation, or arts and entertainment, the influence of Hispanic culture is built into the DNA of our great nation.”

Attendees are invited to explore the richness of the Hispanic culture through various musical and dance performances, art and entertainment. The day’s activities will be capped off with a performance by the Mike Ramirez Salsa Band.

Five local leaders will be honored for their community achievements. The 2018 Hispanic Heritage Honorees are:

  • Edwin Gomez – Elizabeth: Business Award
  • Maritza Martinez – Plainfield: Community Engagement Award
  • Louis DeMondo – Kenilworth: Public Safety Award
  • Jeremy Mojica – Rahway: Community Leadership Award
  • Frank Cuesta – Elizabeth: Education Award

Chairman Granados will be joined by Freeholder Angel Estrada to present the awards, along with local officials.

The Hispanic Heritage Month event is coordinated through the Union County Office of Community Engagement and Diversity. The office is part of Freeholder Chairman Granados’s 2018 “Moving Union County Forward” initiatives for supporting inclusion, individual empowerment and community engagement in Union County. For more information please contact the office coordinator, Nathalie Hernandez, at or 908-527-4880.


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