Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados and the Freeholder Board held the first-ever Hispanic Heritage Celebration at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway this weekend.  The Freeholders were joined by a number of local officials, including the Mayor of Rahway, Raymond Giaccobe Jr., and state officials in honoring five community activists for their outstanding contributions. The event also featured cultural dance and musical performances, and an outdoor area where visitors could sample the best of Latin cuisine and get information from local, county and statewide Hispanic community organizations.

The Hispanic Heritage Month event is coordinated through the Union County Office of Community Engagement and Diversity. The office is part of Freeholder Chairman Granados’s 2018 “Moving Union County Forward” initiatives for supporting inclusion, individual empowerment and community engagement in Union County.

For more information please contact the office coordinator, Nathalie Hernandez, at nahernandez@ucnj.org or 908-527-4880.

Pictures:

  1. L-R: Undersheriff Amilcar Colon, Rahway Mayor Rayond Giaccobe Jr., Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, Freeholder Rebecca Williams, Frank Cuesta (who received the Education Award), Meritza Martinez ( who received the Community Engagement Award), Jeremy Mojica (who received the Community Leadership Award), Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Freeholder Vice Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Freeholders Bruce Bergen and Angel Estrada.
  2. Ecuadorian Dance Group “Tradiciones de mi Pueblo” with Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, left, and Freeholder Angel Estrada, right.
  3. L-R: County Manager Ed Oatman, Deputy County Manager Amy Wagner, Office of Community Engagement and Diversity Coordinator Nathalie Hernandez (coordinator of the event),  Freeholders Al Mirabella and Rebecca Williams, Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados, Freeholder Vice Chair Bette Jane Kowalski, Freeholder Bruce Bergen, Union County Performing Arts Center Executive Director Brian Remo, and Freeholder Angel Estrada.