The Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Holiday Gala and Business Awards Banquet on Friday December 5th. Over 200 guests and various dignitaries attended the so-called Grand Mixer of the Year! The Magical Holiday theme by Happy Balloons created a beautiful atmosphere for recognizing business member achievements, for their contributions in expanding, being innovative, growing or investing in their businesses to create jobs, and active support and participation in the community, and the Hispanic Chamber. TAMACC Executive Director Pauline Anton from Austin Texas assisted with the Business Awards presentation Business Awards were presented as follows:
Recently we had the pleasure and honor of attending a very special event honoring Adela Velarde Perez better known as “La Adelita” who is buried at the San Felipe Cemetery.
Adelita made famous by the corrido (song) which became the Mexican Revolution war song would live (after the revolution) in this community with her husband Colonel Villegas at 309 W. Rodriguez.
Adelita joined the revolution at the tender age of 13, eventually becoming a nurse.
Consul Santana hosted the event which included a discussion with famous Coahuila Mexico journalist Otto Schober and author Jose Alberto Galindo, who created the special presentation on La Adelita.
Also present was Dr. Velma Villegas, granddaughter and various other family members. The Mexican Consulate and the Brown Plaza Association (under the leadership of Joe and Tina Martinez) are in the process of working towards establishing the burial site as a historical site.
The event began at the burial site and later continued at BBVA Compass Bank for the discussion and refreshments.
Many locals that attended the event noted that although they had heard the song “La Adelita”, many were unaware of her true historical significance or that she was buried in this community. As stated in our mission statement, DRHCC is proud to help promote awareness and preservation of the Hispanic heritage.
Public Relations is an important aspect of any organization. Public Relations is a method of two way communication and differs from Public Information, which is one way communication. Public Relations focuses on building relationships through goodwill, being interactive, and remembering that good content builds the face of an organization. My name is Magdaelena (Maggie) Roman and I am your new Public Relations Director.
I was born and raised in this beautiful town of Del Rio. I am a local Allstate Insurance Agency owner (Roman Insurance Agency). As an Allstate Agent in Del Rio, I know many local families. My knowledge and understanding of the people in this community help me provide customers with an outstanding level of service. The Allstate Corporation is the third largest personal lines insurer in the United States.
I am also a mother of two handsome boys (Jesse and Trey) and one beautiful daughter (Summer Jo). Am married to Joe I. Roman Jr. Together we do a juggling act between parenting and our professional careers.
I am very pleased to accept the position as Public Affairs with DRHCC and will be working with you through the newsletter, ribbon cuttings, membership and more. I am looking forward and eager to make a positive contribution. I hope to bring new energy and ambition, making this a year for continued growth for the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Thank you for the opportunity of allowing to me to be part of such a great organization.
Whitehead Memorial Museum Gift Shop
Finding the right gift for special person can sometimes be a challenge. You want to find a gift that will be enjoyed and not “regifted”.
When visiting the Whitehead Memorial Museum, many visitors from out of town take advantage of the many items we have in our gift shop. However, not too many locals shop at our gift shop. We have a great collection of history books.
Do you know why Del Rio was once called the City of Roses, or the City of Presidents, or now, the Queen City? You can find out in Doug Braudaway’s “Del Rio Queen City of the Rio Grande”, which is very informative on the history of our great city. We also have books on Dr. Brinkley, Judge Roy Bean, and various cookbooks, such as “Recipes from Archives of a Texas Ranching Family”, “WMM Recipe Roundup”, and “Campus Guide to Outdoor Cooking” . We also have a variety of Mexican blankets, pottery, unique children’s toys.
The museum gift shop is the only place where you can get a Val Verde County Commemorative Blanket, which is embroidered with many of the historic sites of Val Verde County.
Now is the best time to shop and save at your Whitehead Memorial Museum and to bring your family and friends to visit the building size Cadena Nativity. Don’t forget to join us at every month’s First Friday event with free admission and also Christmas Under the Stars on December 12.