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The City of Bloomington Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month


Sept. 14, 2015

For more information, please contact:

Araceli Gómez-Aldana, Latino Programs and Outreach Coordinator, Community and Family Resources Department, 812.349.3430,

The City of Bloomington Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

Bloomington, Ind. - Mayor Mark Kruzan announced today the six winners of the annual National Hispanic Heritage Month Awards. The recipients will be honored during Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, for their outstanding service to our community. Winners include: Raquel Anderson (Latino Leader Award), Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County (Outstanding Agency/Organization Award), Ellen Vaughan (Latino Advocate Award) and three seniors from Bloomington High School South: ‍Juan Pablo Pérez Soto, José Y. Adorno-Cancel and Ana Olavarietta (Outstanding Latino High School Senior Awards).

The recipients were selected by members of the Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs. All will be recognized for being influential role models and advocates and for their continuous and effective involvement in the Latino community at the NHHM Kickoff Reception on Sept. 15 at 4:00 p.m. at the Mathers Museum of World Culture, 416 N. Indiana Ave. Attendees may enjoy live music and sample delicious food. This event is free and open to the public.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15.

This month's local events also include:

For a full list of NHHM events, visit All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Araceli Gómez-Aldana at 812.349.3860, email or contact in person at the Community and Family Resources Department, 401 North Morton Street, Suite 260, Bloomington, IN 47402.