Thursday, August 6, 2009

Rapids to Recognize Colorado's Hispanic Heroes on Saturday


The Rapids, in their annual tradition, will be honoring outstanding citizens who are nominated by their peers for their contribution to our local Hispanic community in Colorado at the club's annual "Hispanic Heritage Night” this Saturday.

The ceremony will occur during halftime of the Rapids' home match against Chivas USA.

Each Hispanic Hero will receive four fieldside tickets to the match, courtesy of State Farm, a Rapids jersey and a commemorative framed award from the club.

MEET THE COLORADO RAPIDS 2009 HISPANIC HEROES!

Linda Sosa moved to the United States in 1982 from Aguas Calientes, Mexico and became involved with Denver's St. Cajetan Church, where she encouraged Mexican families to embrace and feel proud of their heritage. She recently organized traditional dance groups, singing groups, and an exhibition on the Aztecs at the Museum of Anthropology in Denver. Linda is often contacted by various organizations throughout the state to help facilitate contact and communication with the Mexican-American community in Colorado.

Jesse Ogas was born in Silver City, New Mexico and moved to Denver 20 years ago. He is the Corporate Relations Director fo Arc Thrift Stores, where his passion for his community can be driven for families who need held with their children, or adults with developmental disabilities. Jesse is on the Board of Directors for Escuela Tlatelolco and Vice Chair for La Clinica Tepeyac, both local community organizations that have tremendous impact and affect on children and adults of Latino decent. Jesse was also appointed to the Mayor’s Latino Commission where he currently serves as a commissioner.

Theresa Solano is a well-respected Denver native. She provides support and resources to more than 60 Hope Online Learning Centers throughout the state of Colorado. Theresa manages special projects and opportunities which support Hope Online’s mission to advance the academic successes of Colorado students through quality educational options. Theresa currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Mi Casa Resource Center, as Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Escuela Tlatelolco, as the Public Relations/Marketing Chairperson of the Boy Scouts of America Joint Venture District, as the Latina Chamber Foundation and Partnerships for Healthy Communities, as well as a mayoral appointee to the Denver Latino Commission.

The Rapids strongly believe in the importance of community involvement and applaud all individuals who devote their time and energy to helping others in need here in Colorado.

Congratulations to the 2009 Colorado Rapids Hispanic Heroes; please help us welcome them at Saturday's match.
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