March 28, 2005 -- Miguel Contreras, Executive Secretary/Treasurer of the County Federation of Labor, spoke to an overflow crowd at today’s Fourth Annual Cesar Chavez Luncheon. Contreras spoke with emotion as he reiterated how influential Chavez was in his own personal life as well as how much more is still to be done.
The Cesar Chavez Luncheon was begun here in Long Beach four years ago to commemorate and celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader, Cesar E. Chavez. Councilmember Bonnie Lowenthal and Jessica Quintana, Executive Director of Centro CHA, were the mistresses of ceremonies for the event.
"Miguel Contreras was the perfect speaker for today's event," said Lowenthal. "Not only did he inspire everyone with his personal story as the son of farmworkers, but he is a great leader himself and carries a message of inspiration and motivation for workers everywhere."
The luncheon included winners from a student essay contest conducted at two local elementary schools. The winners read their winning essays before the enthusiastic crowd. Alisa Chaides, Third Grader from Chavez Elementary School and Kimberly Molina, Fourth Grader from Edison Elementary School wrote essays entitled, "Cesar Chavez Never Give Up" and "A Mexican American Leader of Rights," respectively.
Mayor Beverly O'Neill gave welcoming remarks, and Michael Gillette, Pastor of First United Methodist Church, gave the invocation. Trio del Alma provided entertainment.
Sponsors for the Fourth Annual Cesar Chavez Luncheon included: JetBlue Airways; BP America; Conoco Phillips; Hilton Long Beach; Long Beach Firefighters, Local 372; Long Beach Police Officers Association; Port of Long Beach; THUMS Long Beach; La Hacienda; Keesal, Young and Logan; Southern California Edison; Superior Super Warehouse; The Boeing Company; Aquarium of the Pacific; Long Beach Transit; and Verizon.
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