MANA de Imperial Valley Introduces the 2014 Las Primeras Honorees



El Centro, California – MANA de Imperial Valley, a National Latina Organization introduced the three honorees for the 2014 Las Primeras Awards 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 Yazmin Arellano-Torres, Public Works Director and City Engineer for the City of Brawley, Norma Sierra Galindo, IID Director for Division 5 and Career and Technical Education teacher at Calexico High School, and Gloria Muñoz-Brunswick, Division Manager for Juvenile Services for the Imperial County Probation Department.

Rebecca Terrazas-Baxter, President of MANA de Imperial Valley stated, “We are proud to honor three local women who are making exceptional contributions to our community and who are positive role models for our youth.” This is the nineteenth year that the Las Primeras event has taken place in Imperial County. Since its inception, fifty-five 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 17, 2014. 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 Lillian Pozos, Las Primeras Coordinator, by calling (760) 455-6125.

MANA, a National Latina Organization, was founded in 1974 as the Mexican-American Women’s National Association. MANA’s original intent was to provide a voice for Mexican-American women at the national, state and local levels. The organization has now expanded into a diverse group of Latinas who continue to develop their abilities in political, social and professional fields. MANA empowers Latinas through leadership development, community service and advocacy.