15th Annual Community Leaders Award Banquet in Corpus Christi, Texas
On Thursday, February 17, 2011, seven were honored as outstanding leaders in Corpus Christi and though they serve very different roles they share one common goal — a commitment to serving the community.
“These people have distinguished themselves in the community,” said Leon Bazar, master of ceremonies for the 15th annual Outstanding Community Leaders banquet at the Omni Bayfront Hotel. “They do the right thing even when no one’s watching.”
The event coincides with National LULAC Week. The League of United Latin American Citizens was founded in Corpus Christi in 1929 and is the country’s oldest Hispanic civil rights organization, said Nick Adame, president of the founding Council No. 1.
Proceeds from the banquet will help support the council’s scholarship program, which has awarded more than $1 million in college funds to South Texas students since 1970.
Steve Arnold, Corpus Christi Caller-Times vice president of marketing
Dr. Mark R. Bielefeld, cardiovascular surgeon
Elva Estrada, Del Mar College Board of Regents
Dolores Guerrero, founding dean of Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s new Honors College
Jim Kaelin, Nueces County sheriff
Jose Longoria, presiding judge of the 214th District Court
Mike Scott, H&S Constructors Inc. and Port of Corpus Christi commissioner
Achievement Award: Jessie Garcia, owner of Wingstop (Ayers Street and Weber Road locations)
Appreciation awards: LULAC Council No. 1 President Nick Adame and City Manager Angel Escobar
Business of the Year and Community Leadership awards: Terry Montesi, chairman – chief executive officer of Trademark Property Company (developer of La Palmera mall)
Distinguished Young Leader: Ray High School student David Black
Humanitarian: Javier Gamboa, community advocate
Man of the Year awards: Angel Wilburn and Daniel Armadillo
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