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05/01/2012 03Ai Cinco de Mayo Proclamation _u ) _ BUSINESS OF THE CITY COUNCIL YAKIMA, WASHINGTON AGENDA STATEMENT Item No. , For Meeting of: May 1, 2012 ITEM TITLE: Cinco de Mayo Proclamation SUBMITTED BY: CONTACT PERSON /TELEPHONE: SUMMARY EXPLANATION: Resolution Ordinance Other (specify) Contract: Mail to: Contract Term: Amount: Expiration Date: Insurance Required? No Funding Source: Phone: APPROVED FOR City Manager SUBMITTAL: STAFF RECOMMENDATION: BOARD /COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION: ATTACHMENTS: Click to download E Cinco De Mayo • CITY O F TAKIgtA P ROCL.A9VtA iow `wirEREAS, on May 5, 1862, in the rural township of Pue6ta, Mexico a ragged, untrained and under - equipped smalfarmy of rural zndigenous people, mostly farmers, met and defeated the invading (French Army, a weff-armed professionafforce; and WIPEREAS, the battle of crue6fa proved to be the catalyst which provided the zndigenous Mexican people with confidence to persevere in ultimate triumph over the 'French in 1867; and `G itEREAS, the people of Mexican heritage have 6rought these same values of self - determination and self - respect to the VnitedStates and more importantly to the rYakima'()affey; and WHIEREAS, many Mexican /Latino/Xispanic community members have servedva(zantly and courageously in the VS armedforces in defending our great nation; and WY PERMS, those veterans five amongst us contrihutzng to their communities with little recognition or acknowledgement; and WJIEIREAS, the growth of the Mexican /LatinoMiispanic community in 'Yakima has enriched the cultural diversity in education, arts and Business; and 'W`KiEAS, the Mexican /Latino /Jfzspanzc community wishes to acknowledge thezr culture and strong values with the entzre community to improve communication and understanding of all cultures; and WI-PERMS, festivals are an important economic development toolfor revitalizing our downtown; and WI E 'E AS, the City of 'Yakima recognizes the culturalandeconomic contributions of the Mexican /Latino /J-fispanic community; and W E REAS, the Jfzspanic Cham6er of Commerce of (Yakima County supports the efforts of the City of 'Yakima in its contznuous quest to enhance downtown 6y bringing events that witf6ring more tourists into the Yakima area, 6y hosting the 11t AnnualCinco de Mayo Fiesta Grande in downtown Yakima on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, 2012 between 1st and 3rd Streets on'Yakzma Avenue and the surrounding area as well as other related activities that will take place throughout the week WOW, g--.VERETORE, 1, Micah Cawley, Mayor of the City of 'Yakima and on behalf of the City Counczl do here6y proclaim May 1 - 7, 2012 as CINCO %4 Cultural Awareness Week within the City of 'Yakima and urge all cztizens to join us in recognizing and participating in this cufturat event. Dated this 1st day of May, 2012 Micah Cawley, Mayor w • r 2012 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Grande Downtown Yakima Ms Cinco de Mayo Pageant Contestants Elissa Hernandez Ms. Hernandez is a senior at Eisenhower High School in Yakima. She has 2 ed sisters and 3 brothers making her the 2 oldest and is pursuing her goals to attend the Yakima Valley Community College to get her AA in criminal law to understand the rules behind the justice system, after which she plans to join the US Air force and make it a career and continue her education to get , ` l . a four year degree in criminal justice to become a federal agent. She has the greatest support from her mother and her sister that encourages her and gives her all that she needs. Ms. Hernandez plans to return to her k community and encourage kids to pursue their dreams and continue their �;. _ 4 education. She is participating in the Ms Cinco Pageant for the possibility of obtaining a scholarship to continue her education and fulfill her dream of becoming a federal agent. Delfina Lopez Ms. Lopez is a senior at Eisenhower High School in Yakima. She is a 4'''' daughter daughter of a farmworker family and has 7 other siblings at home. She i t • , wants to attend a four year university and obtain a degree in business to work with an agency that provides assistance to businesses such as Alli accounting services or business assistance. Eventually she wants to own her own business after gaining experience. She says she has the love and T support of her family that has helped her succeed. Their support allows her -- .. _ to goal to continue into higher education... Ms. Lopez also sees the value of _ participating in the Ms Cinco Pageant to get an opportunity to increase her f . people skills, get out of her shyness, meet new people and grow as a young iltr ,< lady. She wants to serve as role model for her younger siblings and develop into a responsible adult. t ' Adriana Martinez Ms. Martinez is Junior at Davis High School in Yakima. She comes from a farm worker family and has 3 brothers and 2 sisters which are her biggest supporters for her to achieve all of her goals. She plans to attend the Yakima .4 Valley Community College or Eastern WA University to get a degree in the medical field with plans to continue her education to obtain a medical degree. �^ ,'': • She is a kind young lady that loves to work with families and young children, 1± so becoming a pediatrician fits her personality. Ms. Martinez is participating in the Ms Cinco compete M Ci for the scholarship help with her higher education I , y .t P P to P .'_ studies and learn leadership skills that will help her for the future in both her personal and academic dream. • t Yasmin Sepulveda Ms. Sepulveda is in her fist year at Heritage University and is only 18 year old. She lives in Toppenish but saw this as an opportunity to help her toward obtaining a degree in nursing and her RN certification. When she was young, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after her brother was born. At the time, she didn't understand the concept and felt helpless in trying to help her mother. Because of the great courage of her mother (she has been in remission since 2004) and her support, she plans to go into the medical field to help those that are in need in her community and the Yakima Valley. She understands the feeling of going through being helpless and wants to help other go through the process r with a better understanding. Ms. Sepulveda is participating in the Ms Cinco Pageant to learn leadership skills and the opportunity for a scholarship to be able to pay for tuition and achieve her goals to become an RN. Ana Solorzano Ms. Solorzano is a senior at Eisenhower High School in Yakima. Her parents are farm workers and support her 4 brothers and 3 sisters and are very supportive in helping Ms. Solorzano achieve her dreams and goals. a^ # She plans to attend the University of Washington in pre med, and then go on to obtain a medical degree and specialize in cardiac surgery. She feels that this profession will allow her to help people by saving their lives for v them to continue living. Ms. Solorzano plans to return to Yakima to support those that have supported her, such as her parents and 4 Latino/Hispanic community. She wants to set up a scholarship fund for Latinas to continue their education. She believes participating in the Ms Cinco Pageant will allow her to grow as a person and learn skills that she will need through her college career and beyond. Meeting Meeting S Inv 1 1 1 l lth Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Grande May 5 & 6, 2012 - Downtown Yakima The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Yakima County invites all veterans specially Latino veterans to a wonderful downtown cultural event. There will be a color guard to initiate the event, after which all veterans will be recognized for their service to our country & the freedom we enjoy. Date: Saturday May 5, 2012 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony & Recognition Place: Corner of Yakima Ave & 2nd St For more info call Ruben Hernandez at ji 509 - 654 -5814 or 509 - 453 -2050 * • *