EAC Hosts Hispanic Heritage Kickoff

From Left: Lupe Munoz, Bob Rivera, Frank Montoya, Dr. Margarita E. Wultange, Eric Bejarano, Todd Haynie, Lorraine Rivera, Mike Andazola at podium.

EAC Hosted the Hispanic Heritage Kickoff at the Activities Center – Lee Little Theater this morning in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, which is September 15 – October 15. Mike Andazola from the Eastern Arizona Hispanic Heritage Corporation was master of ceremonies.

Speakers included Bob Rivera, the first Hispanic elected official in Thatcher, and EAC president, Todd Haynie who welcomed the attendees to the meeting.

Lorraine Rivera from the Governor’s office presented a proclamation to Mike Andazola and Todd Haynie proclaiming Hispanic Heritage Month in Arizona.

Dr. Margarita Wulftange spoke about being a Mexicana from Safford, Arizona. She shared her story of growing up here, the prejudice she faced and the opportunities she had in education. After a career in education in California, she and her husband moved back to Safford after retiring in 1998.

Retired Greenlee County undersheriff, Frank Montoya spoke of the actions and choices of his ancestors that provided the life he has led.

Music for the event was provided by Trio Valencia.