(October 29, 2012. Brawley) The City of Brawley dedicated the southwest ball field at Meserve Park to Anthony Garcia Saturday.
Anthony Garcia lost his battle with cancer in 2011.
With many members of the community in attendance, including the City Council and city staff, Rusty Garcia Jr. welcomed everyone.
“On behalf of our family and The Anthony Garcia Foundation, we want to thank everyone who had a part in this ceremony,” said Garcia Jr. “The sign on the backstop was donated by the Hidalgo Society and the Institute for Social Economic Justice and Community Development, Inc. “
Brawley Mayor George Nava asked for a moment of silence for Brawley Police Officer Christian Romualdo, who was killed earlier Saturday morning in a car accident.
“It’s unfortunate that things like this happen,” said Nava. “Life is fragile. I’m very proud of the Garcia family. They have shown their strength through the loss of their son, Anthony, and through this strength they have brought this community together.”
Councilman Miguel Miranda first brought up the idea of dedicating the field to Anthony.
“It’s been hard for the Garcia family,” said Miranda. “Thank you for all of the prayers for them. With prayers we can accomplish a lot.”
Eric Reyes, with the Hidalgo Society and the Institute for Social Economic Justice and Community Development, Inc, said, “It was an honor to help out with the sign for Anthony. This field and the tree that was dedicated a few months ago will give the Garcia’s some comfort. The people will remember Anthony and his foundation.”
Rusty Garcia Sr. read some bible verses.
“Anthony showed bravery and kindness while he was fighting cancer,” said Garcia Sr. “He was dedicated to Brawley. His will to live and not give up brought this community together. The purpose of the Anthony Garcia Foundation is to give back to the community. To give to youth activities, give student scholarships, and give people help while they are fighting this terrible thing called cancer. We can’t thank this community enough for their support. It is with that support that we are able to donate monies.”