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Montgomery County Council to Host its Tenth Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Commemoration

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 2, 2023

The celebration will showcase the rise of Latino influence in the U.S.

The Montgomery County Council will hold its tenth annual Hispanic Heritage Month commemoration on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at approximately noon.  

The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Nosotros: The Rise of Latino Influence in the United States,” and will include a musical dance performance by the Albert Einstein High School competitive dance group “Titanes Salseros,” a special video program, and a Council proclamation.   

The video program will feature interviews with Hispanic leaders who, through their work, positively impact their communities through their public service, industry expertise, and their roles as liaisons with community members of all ages and backgrounds. 

“The rich contributions of the Hispanic and Latino community are pivotal to the success of Montgomery County’s shared future and prosperity," said Council President Evan Glass. "During the Council’s tenth annual commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are proud to recognize Latino and Hispanic trailblazers driving change and opening doors of opportunity to others at the community, state and national level."

"As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I want to recognize someone who works diligently behind the scenes and is an integral part of my work as a Councilmember: my chief of staff, Valeria Carranza. As the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, Valeria recognizes the need for our legislative agenda to be reflective of our diverse community. From government representation, to advances in the sciences, to leading in entrepreneurship and shaping our culture, the Latino and Hispanic community is a key part of our community.” 

“As a lifelong resident of Montgomery County, I am proud of my heritage and particularly of my own immigrant parents," said Councilmember Gabe Albornoz. "I have spent my entire career in public service, serving residents of Montgomery County and the surrounding area. Much of my work has led to service supporting low income, minority communities. As our community has become more diverse, I have witnessed the exponential impact of Latinos in our society and all sectors of our economy. We are a proud and talented people who bring amazing gifts and diversity to Montgomery County. I look forward to focusing on those many gifts to ensure a strong, inclusive community. Simply, the best is yet to come."

“I take so much pride celebrating my culture and the contributions of the Latino community in Montgomery County,” said Councilmember Natali Fani-González, who represents the district with the largest population of Latinos in Montgomery County. 

The commemoration will be held during the Council’s Oct. 3 meeting and will be streamed live on the Council’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and at the Council website. Residents also will be able to watch live on television on Comcast/RCN channels 996/1056 Verizon channel 30.  

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Release ID: 23-315
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926, Marcela Rodriguez 240-777-7808