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Santa Ana LULAC #147
League of United Latin American Citizens
PO Box 1810, Santa Ana, CA 92702



Contact Person: Viola Myre at 714-606-2852 /
Zeke Hernandez at 714-661-4428 /

The League of United Latin American Citizens – Santa Ana LULAC Council #147 will be holding its annual awards banquet in recognition of exemplary Hispanic women in Orange County. Recipients are selected based on their accomplishments and their meaningful voluntary contributions to their overall communities and their participation in community/civic affairs.

The dual purpose of this event is to acknowledge and recognize women of Hispanic descent and provide a venue for its fundraising efforts to award educational scholarships to Santa Ana students. It is also noted that the LULAC award recipients serve as positive role models for our youth. The cornerstone of the LULAC national and local organization is education, and an important avenue used by LULAC members is to support young students with scholarship awards for their college education. Event proceeds allow for the continued support of students needing financial assistance with their post-secondary education costs.

The 2015 Honorees are:

Patty Arvielo – Business
Patty Arvielo co-founded New American Funding, and has worked diligently to transform it into a national mortgage lender and servicer that today funds more than $900 million in home loans each month.

Teresa A. Hernandez RN– The Arts (Music)
Teresa Hernandez started an after school music program 22 years ago serving over 8,000 at risk students. Teresa also led development of a policy position on Immigration Reform.

Christina Kalogris Rush – Volunteer Community Service
Christina Kalogris Rush tirelessly works in the Santa Ana community for an optometrist providing badly needed vision services to a highly underserved community. She volunteers her time for the Santa Ana Lions Club, the Santa Ana Unified School District and the Garden Grove Unified District promoting vision health.

Linda J. Lopez BSN, RN, Sr. PHN – Public Health Advocate
Linda Lopez co-founded the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Hispanic Advisory Council. Linda speaks out for the at risk children and demonstrates a firm dedication to helping the children that need a voice.

Dr. Gabriela Mafi – Education
Dr. Gabriela Mafi has been instrumental in keeping everyone focused on doing their part to ensure that our students attain academic success, develop their socio-emotional well-being, are motivated, and college & career ready.

Patricia Maldonado McMaster – Volunteer Community Service
Patricia Maldonado McMaster through the Orange County School of the Arts has over 15 years of experience in community relations and community outreach, locally and abroad. She is fluent in Spanish and represents the school to the Hispanic community.

Lupe Valencia – Education
Lupe Valencia has been employed by Santa Ana Unified School District for over 30 years in various capacities. More specifically as a Senior Buyer, Purchasing Clerk and Instructional Assistant. She is known for her advocacy, statesmanship and doing her homework.

Jeanette Vargas Zook – Public Service
Jeanette Vargas Zook started being active in the community when she was very young. She learned that if you wanted to make a positive impact that you had to get involved. For the past 15 years, she has been employed as a Severely Handicap Para educator for Santa Ana Unified School District.

The program includes dinner, entertainment, awards presentation, and opportunity drawings. The event information for the Recognition Awards Banquet is:

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015 (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Place: The Ebell Club, 625 North French St., Santa Ana, CA 92701

Cost: $50.00 per person by October 20, 2013
$60.00 per person at the door or without RSVP
RSVP/INFORMATION: Viola Myre at 714-606-2852 or Email:

Please make check out to: LULAC Santa Ana Council #147
And mail to: Viola Myre, Hispanic Women Recognition Awards
2522 N. Hathaway St., Santa Ana, CA 92705

Contributions and sponsorships are welcomed and will help to assist Santa Ana LULAC #147 to support young students in their pursuit of higher education.

The mission and objectives of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is to advance the economic development, educational advancement, public policy outcomes, housing opportunities, health awareness, and general civil rights protection of Latinos in the United States and Puerto Rico through community-based programs and services through more than 700 local LULAC councils nationwide.

Established in 1946, Santa Ana LULAC Council #147 is the oldest LULAC council in California and is an affiliate of Orange County LULAC District#1 and the LULAC National network. LULAC National was founded in 1929, and is a Texas non-profit corporation with its primary national office in Washington, D.C.

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