Mayor Pawlowski’s Latinos Moving Forward

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Mayor Pawlowski with Linda Chavez-Thompson, LMF Board members and award recipients

Mayor Ed Pawlowski hosted the 4th annual LATINOS MOVING FORWARD event on Friday, October 5th at the Holiday Inn Center City Allentown.  The event attracted over 500 community leaders and citizens who celebrated all facets of Latino Heritage, including food, dance, and music.

Linda Chavez-Thompson, former Executive Vice-President of the AFL-CIO, and the first Latina to hold that position, was the keynote speaker.  Chavez-Thompson is also the current Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the United Way of America.

Juan Orta, Founding member of Latinos Moving Forward and Linda Chavez-Thompson

“We’re honored to have such a distinguished Latina be a part of this event,” said Mayor Pawlowski.  “She is a shining example of what can be accomplished in America through hard work, whether you are a man or a woman, Latino or not.  This is a woman who began working in a cotton field at age 10, and now is one of the most accomplished and respected women in the country.  She serves as an inspiration to us all.”

Awards were given out to community leaders and organizations that have exemplified the cooperative spirit and achievement that has produced the revitalization of Allentown.  Those receiving awards were:

LMF Business Award

 Alvaro Diaz

LMF Government Award

Allentown Councilwoman Cynthia Mota

LMF Community Awards

Casa Guadalupe,   The Caring Place