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Adelante honors Jessica Molina and Dr. Richard Paat at festival, during HHM

By La Prensa Staff

TOLEDO, Sept. 18, 2021: Adelante, Inc. hosted its 2nd Annual event honoring César Chávez and recognizing individuals as Adelante’s “friends in the community that were involved in the betterment of the community.” This event was held at Promenade Park in downtown Toledo—the reconstructed site of numerous Latino festivals.

Live entertainment included bands—such as Grupo Vicio, La Corporacíon, Gabriel Burciaga and The Bad Boyz—DJ Pablo Urbina, and El Corazón de México Ballet Folklorico.

Food, merchandise, and information vendors were involved, along with a Motorcycle Bike Show in partnership with the Homeboys Riding Club. Admission was $10 in advance / $15 at the entrance.

There were hundreds in attendance throughout the course of the day, 3 to 11PM, enjoying the breeze, companionship, food, drink, dance, and music. Good tacos were eaten by many.  Some wore masks but many didn’t, and this is one of the problems of the current pandemic, which is going on 2 years.


The César Chávez Humanitarian Award celebrates the accomplishments and unselfish commitment of a servant leader to service, education, and economic opportunities for Latinos. This year’s award recipient, Jessica Molina, is a servant leader of Mexican descent who has dedicated herself to working with children and families to ensure their needs are met in the education arena.

According to its director, Sabina Serratos, “Jessica has been a fearless leader throughout the national COVID-19 pandemic, even opening the doors to her school (Escuela Smart) to ensure vaccinations were accessible to underrepresented families.”

Adelante, Inc. will also present the Amigo Award to Dr. Richard Paat for his commitment in engaging the Latino Community through collaborative efforts and initiatives to ensure that Latino children, youth and adults have access to adequate healthcare.

“Dr. Paat is relentless in his missionary work overall, often traveling across the world to deliver medical help to those in need. His commitment to the local community has been unwavering for many years. He has led a COVID -19 vaccination effort over the past 19 months, making underrepresented populations a priority for access and service delivery,” said Ms. Serratos.

Adelante’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration was sponsored by: ProMedica, PNC Bank, Lucas County Auditor’s Office, La Prensa, KeyBank, The Andersons, Owens Corning, Edward Jones, First Insurance Group, Lucas County Public Library, Hollywood Casino, Zepf Center, Harbor, IBEW Local 8 – Latin Labor Council/ Electrical Union, IKORCC Local 351- Carpenter Union, Homeboys RC, GBQ Partners and AFLAC- Melanie King.

According to director Serratos: “In collaboration with business and community organizations, Adelante strives to improve the quality of life for Latinos and Toledo residents by: providing early childhood, secondary and adult educational programs; facilitating access to prevention, health and social services for all ages; promoting and providing economic empowerment and access to workforce opportunities; providing youth development services and program; and creating awareness of the richness of the Latino culture.”

On the Internet:  https://www.adelantetoledo.org/



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