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Union County Announces 2019 Hispanic Heritage Award Recipients

Awards to be Presented on September 28 in Rahway

Union County, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders proudly announce the recipients of the 2019 Hispanic Heritage Awards. Awardees will be honored at the 2019 Union County Hispanic Heritage Celebration on Saturday, September 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 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 public.

“Now more than ever, it is important to celebrate the diversity and cultural ties that build a strong, inclusive community,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski.

The 2019 Hispanic Heritage Award recipients are:

Business Award – Union County Latino American Chamber of Commerce

Education Award – Daniel J. Garay

Community Leadership Award – Jairo Labrador

Public Safety Award – Sgt. Ernesto M. Hernandez

The Freeholder Board reflects the contributions of Hispanic citizens to civic life in Union County. Its nine members include Freeholder Angel Estrada, who was the first Cuban-American elected to the Board, and Freeholder Sergio Granados, who is of Salvadoran-American descent.

“The national Hispanic community continues to grow, and within Union County, Hispanics represent over 30% of the population. The Freeholder Board continues to work on showcasing our diversity,” said Freeholder Sergio Granados. “This event will bring together Hispanic organizations across the County of Union for a fun filled evening that will highlight Hispanic culture and acknowledge the continued success of Hispanic community leaders. We invite all residents to come out and partake in this event as our greatest strength comes from uniting residents of all backgrounds.”

Attendees are invited to explore the richness of the Hispanic culture through food, music, art and entertainment, along with local leaders who will be honored at the event.

The family friendly evening will feature a performance by Mexican-American comedian Steve Treviño, who is nationally known for his unique insights into the ups and downs of everyday life. Limited tickets are available. Contact Nathalie Hernandez, to reserve your tickets today!

The 2019 Hispanic Heritage Celebration is free, and free parking is available at the Hamilton Stage located nearby at 360 Hamilton Street in Rahway.

The event is being coordinated through the County’s Office of Community Engagement and Diversity. For more information please contact the Office Coordinator Nathalie Hernandez at  or 908-527-4880.

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