Amarillo will wrap up its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with the annual Hispanic Heritage Luncheon from 11:45 to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11th in the Wesley Community Center Gymnasium, 1615 S. Roberts St.
The event is organized by Los Barrios de Amarillo, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, and LULAC with help from other business and community members. Its purpose is to recognize contributions Hispanic citizens have made to the community.
An awards ceremony to honor Hispanic leaders in the community will be held for the following categories:
- Rising Star Award
- Heart of the Barrio Award
- Business Community Service Award
- Hispanic Woman of the Year Award
- Hispanic Man of the Year Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Youth Leader Award
Following the awards ceremony, the event will feature keynote speaker Pete Mendez, Sr., local businessman and civic leader who received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. Mr. Mendez rose up from poverty during the Great Depression. He confronted discrimination and challenged inequality. He eagerly joined the military to contribute to the common good of our nation. Upon his return and realizing his entrepreneurial potential, he started his own asphalt paving company and became an active member of the community he worked in.