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Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Recognition Events Throughout the County

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

County Executive Marc Elrich announced today that Montgomery County will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month—Sept. 15 through Oct. 15—with a series of events recognizing several Latino and other immigrant-serving community partners. The free recognition events are being co-hosted by the County Executive’s Office of Community Partnerships in collaboration with the County’s regional services centers.


Throughout the month, County Executive Elrich will be thanking the County’s community partners, businesses and other committed stakeholders. He will be presenting citations of recognition to individuals and organizations that continue to collaborate with County Government and assist County residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.


“Many of the successes of Montgomery County are due to the diversity of our communities, and this is a quality we celebrate every day of the year,” said County Executive Elrich. “We are proud to be the home to multiple generations of immigrants from every Latin American nation. Our Latino brothers and sisters are a critical and vibrant part of every neighborhood, every industry, and throughout our County government. As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I encourage everyone to learn the history and customs of our Latino communities, enjoy the cultural events and appreciate the contributions to our County’s past, present and future.”  


Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States.  According to the 2020 Census, the Latino population in Montgomery County increased by 31.4 percent since 2010, making Hispanics or Latinos 20.5 percent (217,409 of the County’s total population). Montgomery County is the No. 2 destination among all U.S. counties for immigrants from Bolivia and the No. 3 destination for immigrants from El Salvador.


Events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, in collaboration with the regional services centers, will include:

  • Friday, Sept. 24. 5:30 p.m. El Golfo Restaurant, 8739 Flower Ave., Silver Spring.
  • Friday, Oct. 8–. 6- p.m. Upcounty Regional Services Center welcomes the Germantown Hub.Ribbon-cutting ceremony and concert, 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown.
  • Friday, Oct. Time TBD. Marian Fryer Plaza in Downtown Wheaton, adjacent to the new offices of the Mid-County Regional Services Center. 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton.


The regional services centers provide an effective, timely liaison between the County and its residents and businesses. They work with individuals, community groups, regional citizens' advisory boards and other public agencies to provide information, identify and assess regional problems and issues and recommend and/or implement solutions.


County Executive Elrich kicked-off Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 12 by addressing attendees at the 16th Annual Festival Salvadoreñísimo de Independencia (Salvadoran Independence Day Festival) and on Sept. 14 as a guest on the County’s long-standing Spanish language radio show “Montgomery al Día.”  Montgomery al Día airs live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. on Radio America 900AM.  The entire episode can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/America900am/videos/389715989394853.


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Release ID: 21-731
Media Contact: Lorna Virgilí, 240-277-8072
Categories: Holiday