LMF 2014Mayor Pawlowski’s 6th annual Latinos Moving Forward was held earlier in the month at the Holiday Inn, Center City.  Over 600 attended the free event which featured food, entertainment, cultural booths, and leadership awards, all with a Latin flavor.

Ethnic food was donated by 12 local restaurants, with 13 cultural and organizational booths providing information for those in attendance.  Entertainment featured DJ Ricky Vega, and 8 performances including Latin Music sensation Lusito Rosario.  Local radio host Alfa Lopez of WHOL, La Ola Radio, served as Master of Ceremonies.

“The Latino community makes tremendous contributions to the social and economic well-being of the Lehigh Valley and our great state,” said Mayor Pawlowski.  “Only by working together, regardless of our cultural backgrounds, have we made this city what it is today, a truly ethnically diverse community.  Our children go to school and play together, we work and pray together, and we will work together as a united city.”

Mayor Pawlowski presented several Latino Leadership Awards to members of the community.  Olga Negron received the Local Government Leader Award; Hogar Crea received the Community Leader Award, while the Mayor presented the Business Leader Award to Dr. Pavel E. Terreros.

“I am proud of my involvement with the Latino Community, and have worked closely with Latino religious and community leaders since I was elected Mayor of Allentown, and will continue to do so to build a better Allentown for everyone,” said the Mayor.

One of the purposes of Latinos Moving Forward is to encourage the Latino Community to register to vote, and utilize the power of voting on Election Day to make positive change for the Latino Community in Allentown.  Over 100 residents registered to vote at the event, while over 300 signed “I pledge to vote” agreements.