HEBER â€“ Heber Public Utility District’s (HPUD) 85th Anniversary festivities finished up with style as the agency hosted its final celebration with a gala and art show Wednesday evening at the Club Lohoo as a grand finale.
â€œWe are excited that everybody is out here to support us tonight in celebrating our 85th anniversary,â€ said Tony Sandoval, HBUD board president. â€œThis dinner is really our opportunity to thank everybody who does things for Heber and Heber residents.â€
The Heber Public Utility District was certified as a special district November 7, 1931 by the County of Imperial and the California Secretary under the Public Utility Act of 1921, after the public voted in favor at a special election September 15, 1931.
Over 150 guests and businesses attended the celebration with gold, silver and bronze sponsors. The HPUD committed to donating all proceeds to two local nonprofit organizations.
â€œWe sold sponsorships for todayâ€™s gala, and 100 percent of the proceeds are going to the Proyecto Heber and the Heber Community Foundation,â€ said Sandoval. He said Proyecto Heber will receive $1,000, while the foundation will receive $7,000.
According to Sandoval, recently Proyecto Heber along with HPUD held a car show and street fair of which all proceeds went to Proyecto Heber, and for this reason, the group would receive less from the gala proceeds.
Proyecto Heber Director Diahna Garcia-Ruiz said HPUD was a fundamental part of the Valleyâ€™s continued growth. She said she was honored and grateful for agencyâ€™s continued support.
Proyecto Heber is a non-profit organization established to improve the image, community involvement, and activities for the town of Heber.
â€œWith Thanksgiving around the corner, this donation comes in perfect time,â€ said Garcia-Ruiz.
Part of the anniversary celebration included an art contest where 1,200 Heber student were invited to participate.
â€œWe invited 1,200 students and received 200 entries,â€ explained Sandoval. â€œWe named the art contest ‘My Heber My Home,’ because we wanted to see what our kids thought of Heber.â€
First, second and third place winners from each grade level received a $15 gift certificate to Cinemark movie theater, and the two grand prize winnersâ€™ artworks will be included in the monthly newsletters that are mailed to Heber residents.
â€œWe are proud of our students and want to show off their artwork,â€ said Sandoval.
Accompanied by their parents, Dogwood Elementary third graders Yesenia CastaÃ±eda and Paola Cossio, the art contest grand prize winners, were recognized during the evening with certificates along with bouquets of flowers. First grade student Julius Arevalo also received recognition for winning second place.
“I drew my school, the street and my Heber,” said Julius, excitedly.
Carla Sandoval Arevalo, Julius’ mother said was proud of him and his accomplishment.
â€œWe look forward to being leaders in helping Heber continue to develop and look forward to celebrating 85 years from now,â€ said Sandoval.