YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - In a press release, MANA de Imperial Valley (IV) has selected three honorees for the Las Primeras Awards.
Accordingly, the awards honors Latina women who embody the values and philosophy of the organization of empowering Latinas.
In addition, this is through leadership development, community service and advocacy.
This year, MANA will honor Frances Terrazas, Terri Rogers and Jacqueline Riddell.
Firstly, Frances Terrazas is a retired school psychologist who previously served as Director of Special Education at Brawley Union High School.
Correspondingly, Terrazas currently serves as Trustee for the El Centro Elementary School District.
Equally important, she has dedicated her life advocating for children of all abilities and volunteering her time at local schools.
Secondly, Terri Rogers is a past President of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce and served on the IV Regional Occupational Program Community Foundation.
Moreover, Rogers is a strong advocate and supporter of the Imperial Valley business community and has dedicated her time to community service.
Lastly, Jacqueline Riddell is the founder and CEO of Best S.T.E.P. Forward.
For further context, Best S.T.E.P. Forward is a local nonprofit dedicated to providing inclusive opportunities for the special needs community in Imperial Valley.
Correspondingly, the organization hosts a variety of events that incorporate sports and artistic expression.
Meanwhile, this upcoming ceremony is the 27th year that MANA has hosted the Las Primeras event.
Since it's inception, nearly 50 women in Imperial County have been honored with the award.
“The Las Primeras Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser is a great opportunity to recognize local women who are making exceptional contributions to our community and are positive role models for our youth,” Rosyo Ramirez, President of MANA de Imperial Valley stated.
The honorees will be recognized at the Las Primeras Awards Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, October 21.
Additionally, the ceremony will take place at the Old Eucalyptus Schoolhouse in El Centro.
Presently, the cost per attendee is a $90.00 donation.
Overall, the proceeds goes to fund college scholarships, educational and cultural programs in Imperial County.
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