El CENTRO – MANA de Imperial Valley, a National Latina Organization, will recognize three honorees during the 2015 Las Primeras Awards Gala in Imperial Valley. Each year MANA de Imperial Valley honors Latina women from Imperial County who embody the values and philosophy of the organization of empowering Latinas through leadership development, community service and advocacy.
This year, MANA de Imperial Valley will be honoring Maria Elena Nava-Froelich, Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Calipatria and Migrant Education Program Coordinator for Calipatria Unified School District; Lorena Lacar, Veterans Services Representative for the Imperial County Veterans Services Office; and Haydee Rodriguez, a National Board Certified teacher in Social Studies at Central Union High School and a commissioner of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Maria Peinado, President of MANA de Imperial Valley stated that, “the Las Primeras Gala and Fundraiser is a great opportunity for MANA to recognize local women who are making exceptional contributions to our community and who are positive role models for our youth.” This is the twentieth year that the Las Primeras event has taken place in Imperial County. Since its inception, fifty-seven women in Imperial County have been honored with the Las Primeras Award.
The honorees will be recognized at the Las Primeras Awards Gala and Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, October 16, 2015. The event will be held at the Old Eucalyptus School House in El Centro at 6:00 pm. The cost per attendee is a $50.00 donation.
Proceeds from the event will go to fund college scholarships, educational and cultural programs in Imperial County. Information about donations and sponsorship opportunities are available with Maria Peinado, MANA President at (760) 996-0679.