BRAWLEY – The Hidalgo Society and the Institute for Socio-Economic Justicesâ€™ annual Dia De La Raza was celebrated Saturday night in Brawley at Salico shed with two annual awards presented and three very special guests.Â It was a night of recognition to those who have left the Valley for bigger and better things but have returned and given back to the places and people that helped make them who they are today.Â The night also rewarded those exemplary Hispanics who have stayed and made a difference here.
Kicking it off was a rousing performance from local cover band PureMajic, whose renditions of â€œEarth Angelâ€, â€œLa Bambaâ€, and â€œDaddyâ€™s Homeâ€ had the crowd dancing and enjoying themselves in preparation for the award ceremony.
When the time came to honor this yearâ€™s Male and Female Hispanic of the Year, chosen for Male Hispanic was Dr. Ramon Rodriguez, the first Mexican doctor at Brawleyâ€™s Clinicas De Salud.
Female Hispanic of the Year recipient went to Liz Gonzales, who is now the current owner of Hart insurance.
After the awards were given, the fortunate crowd witnessed a first time, ever moment for the city of Brawley- three hometown boys and World Series Champions sharing the same stage at the same time.Â These hometown boys were proud Brawley natives Sid Monge, Rudy Seanez, and Sergio Romo.
â€œThree Hispanos, three Mexicanos, from Brawley.Â Â How proud is that! From the valley, from the East Side!Â Call it what you want to call it, it is special,â€ said Sid Monge, in jubilation of the event at hand.Â â€œIâ€™m honored, Iâ€™m tickled, and always exited when I come to Brawley.â€
Rudy Seanez added during his speech, â€œIt’s great being here with you guys, itâ€™s a real honor.Â You know itâ€™s great that we can come back and try and help people and try and help the younger kids and hopefully they can realize their dreams the way we realized ours.â€
After the first two World Series Champions were introduced, Brawleyâ€™s most recent Champion, Sergio Romo of the San Francisco Giants, Â was presented with the honorary Hidalgo Society Orgullo Award.Â â€œI’m From here, this is where it started.Â This is where my dreams and hard work started,â€ said Romo of the city where he was born and raised, his hometown of Brawley, California.[nggallery id=71]