FIESTA DE AMISTAD
62 YEARS OF CELEBRATING FIESTA DE AMISTAD!
The month of October resonates with La Fiesta De Amistad in the Del Rio community! Our celebration this year will focus on the reason Fiesta De Amistad was created, which was the signing of the treaty to construct Amistad Dam. On October 24, 1960, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mexico’s President Adolfo Lopez Mateos met in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila Mexico to sign the treaty to construct Amistad Dam. Since our modern day Fiesta celebration, has its origin in this 1960 meeting, this will be the focus of our celebration this year. We have heard the saying “Go Big or Go Home”! At IGNC’s first meeting this year, we made grand plans for Fiesta De Amistad commemorating the 62nd Anniversary of the signing of the treaty to construct Amistad Dam. This grand celebration calls for all guests of honor to be none other than our citizens. We have all been through so much with the Pandemic taking loved ones and our having to shelter in place, that now it is time to celebrate responsibly as we recall the importance of this traditional and cultural event that has brought past Presidents to our community: In 1960 President Eisenhower visited Del Rio and Ciudad Acuna to sign the treaty; in 1965 President Lyndon Baines Johnson came to check on the Progress and in 1969 President Richard Nixon came to dedicate and officially open Amistad Dam and reservoir for business! The International Good Neighbor Council has been commemorating and celebrating this momentous occasion year after year with the traditional Abrazo on the beautiful Amistad Dam with its Eagles and national flags gleaming in the sunshine. No other venue could give this event justice. This year we will again be holding our Abrazo on October 21st! Viva la Fiesta De Amistad!
DORA G. ALCALA’, Vice-President IGNC & Abrazo Event Chair
1969 Graduate of San Felipe High School
San Antonio Trade School- Legal Secretary/Business
SWTJC- Studied Business Administration 2 years
Texas Apparel Jean Factory 1970-1979
Del Rio Loan Company 1979-1980
Border Federal Credit Union- 1980-1981
Lacks Furniture- 12 years sales associate
San Felipe Del Rio CISD-20 Yrs. Retire 2016
Quad County/Val Verde County Women
Shelter 3 years to present
IGNC Members 20 plus years served
as Secretary and President
San Felipe Amistad Lions Women Chapter- 7 years
American G. I. Forum Fermin Calderon Women Chapter Present Member/President
San Felipe Exes Association-Board of Director 3 years plus
Del Rio Host Lions- 15 years/Served as President 2021-2022
Del Rio Chamber of Commerce- Red Ribbon Committee 2 years
Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce- Served as
Director of Membership/Director of Culture & Events 3 years
Christmas Around The World- Coordinator for 8 years
Awards Del Rio Hispanic Chamber Businesswomen 2021
SFDRCID- Recognition for Christmas Around the World for 2020-2022
Married to Pablo Roberto Mota Jr for 33 years.
Mother of (2) Sons Arturo III and Rudy Paniagua
Daughters: Nadia Gloria & Dulce Mota
Grandma to 9 Grandkids: Daphne, Sophia and Rudy Florencio Paniagua
Aria & Mia Gloria, Nissa, Rayne, Adilyn and Ileana Marie Terrazas
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