Letters: Thank you from the Hispanic Advisory Committee

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The Hispanic Advisory Committee has been working hard in preparation for this week’s Festival de la Comunidad, planned for Saturday, Sept. 30. From left are (front) Dagoberto Fierros, Ismael Castro, Maria Gutierrez, Leticia Quirarte, Rosa Vasquez, Alicia Chavez, Gina Campbell and Yolanda Alanis: Crescencio Mejía, Marisela Duran, Dick Holdstock, Baldo Arce, Ramon Altamirano, Al Vallecillo, Jesse Loren, Alfonso Salas and Noe Solaria. Photo by Woody Fridae

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th Annual Festival de la Comunidad: Leticia Quirarte, Jesse Loren, Ismael Castro, Rosa Vasquez, Crescencio Meijia, Alfonso Salas, Al Vallecillo, Alicia Chavez, Luciana and Chris Turkovich, Noe Solario, Nick Glide, Maria Gutierrez, Brian Bellamy, Marisela Duran, Ramon Altamirano, Dick Holdstock, Natasha Cardeña, Eddie Molina, Dagoberto Fierros, Yolanda Alanis and Elise Bothwell. And an extra special thanks to the spouses who support their commitment to this event. A huge, special thanks to Baldo of El Pueblo and Norma of Putah Creek Café for making the great food that keeps bringing people back. We’d also like to thank our contestants Ray Santana of Santana’s Cantina,  Cynthia Rodriguez of the West Yolo Democrats, Robert Reed, Estudiante de Baldo, Everado Gonzales de Carnitas Gonzales, A.J. Davila de Los Goonies and the Blue Hills Team: José Ramirez. This year we had special help planning the event from chef Jason Harris of Green River and  from John Pickerel of the Buckhorn.  They gave professional advice. We also received great advice and guidance from Chis Calvert of Ciarlo Fruit and Nut who guided some of the event  organization. Volunteers make our world go around! A special thanks to Rotary Club of Winters and especially Dan Maguire Chris Kelsch, John Hagalis, Juan Zaragoza, Margaret and Bruce Bailey who all helped with the beer booth. Big thanks to the Interact students and Olivia Rodriguez for running the lemonade booth, all truly demonstrating Service above Self.  A special thanks to Sam Nelson for entertaining folks inside the Community Center.  Thank you Linn and Paul Myer, Lisa Baker, Elvia Rosales, and Crystal Foster and Heidi Garcia for volunteering.  Thank you to Nicole Jordan Halley and the After School Program, John Donlevy, Principal Greg Moffitt and teachers Jami Hanna, Nicole Wells, Rachel Skinner, Ambi Gardner and Agustin Hernandez! Way to support the Community! Our big donors helped us bring outstanding entertainment and children’s activities. Mariani Nut Corporation, Winters Healthcare Foundation, Yolo Federal Credit Union were our Gold Standard donors.  We also couldn’t have done it without Chris Calvert, Martinez Orchards, Mazza Dental, Waste Management, Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Michael G. Barbour, Lorenzo’s, First Northern Bank, Carrion Properties, Cache Creek,  Ramon Altamirano, Turkovich Vineyards, Ace Hardware, Putah Creek Café, El Pueblo,   R & V Screen Printing, Adry’s and the Winter’s Express. Our slogan this year was, “Cultivating community and kindness, con carnitas”, and that truly has been our mission.  We celebrate the lovely, interconnected culture of Winters and we are all deeply grateful to host this festival.  Thank you for coming out and working hard! Jesse Loren and Leticia Quirarte Hispanic Advisory Committee  ]]>

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