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Beatrice Perez Chapter Awards Laptops, Tablets at Hispanic Heritage Month Essay Contest Events

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: ROBSTOWN, Texas — The American G.I. Forum was founded in 1948 to help Mexican-American Veterans to fight discrimination by stressing the importance of a good education for themselves and their children.

Chairwoman Leslie Cristan and the Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women's Chapter Thursday, kept that legacy alive by giving away tablets and laptops to Corpus Christi and Robstown schools.

This is the second annual Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest in which four schools participated. George Evans, Los Encinos and J.A. Garcia elementary schools each received five tablets. They were awarded at assemblies to the five best student essays that were read in front of the audience. Robstown High School participants received Laptops. This year’s motivation or incentive was about the American G.I. Forum and how it helps minorities gain higher education.

The essay contest presentations at Robstown High School were presented in the afternoon and the Chapter gave the winners each a laptop. 97 seniors participated in the contest.

The high school seniors were all surprised when their names were called up and their essays were read to the other seniors.

"We're emphasizing technology equipment," Event Coordinator Patsy Vazquez-Contes said. "It's the method of education today. We want to provide children with the technological skills at an early age to enable them to become better students."

"Of course they're terrified, but one of these days they're going to be us," Vazquez-Contes said. "They're going to be the community leaders."

Senior Jacob Garcia won a laptop after presenting a drawing for his response rather than writing an essay.

"I didn't want to do what everyone else was doing," Garcia said. "I wanted to make it more creative." 

The point of the essay contest is to get students in college to further their education, and Vazquez-Contes said, “The giveaway makes an impression on her organization.”

"I get a feeling of inspiration from the children and the high school students," she said. "They receive knowledge from the research they can now do and helps keep our national legacy alive."

Chapter Chairwoman Leslie Christian says, “Patsy has been assisting the Beatriz Perez chapter in Robstown coordinate events such as this at least twice each year. Next year’s first event will be in March. She also encourages us and other chapters to host scholarship events that encourage Veterans to continue their education after they return from Military service.” 


2016 Essay Contest Photos


Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority and American GI Forum Unveil Hispanic Heritage Month Bus  

American GI Forum of Texas,Inc.Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA) along with the American GI Forum (AGIF) will unveil a bus celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on September 20 at 10 a.m.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15.Hispanic Heritage Month helps to recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans, and celebrate the Hispanic heritage and culture.

“We are very honored to be a part of this celebration and to host this unveiling for the AGIF, because the CCRTA understands the huge role the Hispanic culture plays in not only our community, but across the nation,” said Jorge Cruz-Aedo, CCRTA CEO.

The CCRTA Hispanic Heritage Month bus will honor past and current leaders with the bus wrap to identify their accomplishments throughout the years and for the next generation. The honorees whose images will be on the bus wrap have contributed countless hours to the community to make it a better place to live.

“This celebration is to ensure the community that Hispanic’s have played and will continue to play a crucial role in our local community and across the nation,”said Patsy M. Vazquez-Contes with the American GI Forum.

The Chapter leading the effort to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month is the Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter. The Chapter under the leadership of Chapter Chairwoman Leslie Christian has taken the lead in the community by hosting scholarship ceremonies and awarding scholarships to veterans, and awarding technology to deserving students that will assist them to secure the American Dream.

The honorees for the Hispanic Heritage Month bus wrap include:

  • Larry Elizondo (CITGO)
  • County Attorney Laura Jimenez
  • Rosie Collin (Port of Corpus Christi)
  • Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa
  • Commissioner Joe “JAG” Gonzalez
  • Ben Garza (Founder of LULAC)
  • Rafael Galvan (First Hispanic Police Officer)
  • Dr. Xico P. Garcia (AGIF)
  • Dr. Cleo P. Garcia (AGIF)
  • Jackie Black (Ready or Not Foundation)
  • Attorney Ruben Bonilla
  • State Representative Abel Herrero
  • Beatrice T. Perez (AGIF)

The AGIF is dedicated to addressing problems of discrimination and inequities endured by Hispanic Veterans. Through the efforts of many of the organization’s early leadership, the AGIF grew to other states and has chapters throughout the United States.   

The CCRTA covers 841 square miles of service and approximately 6 million passenger trips annually with 44 fixed routes and paratransit services. For more information please go to http://www.ccrta.org/.

CCRTA-
About the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority:  The Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority was created by the people in 1986 to provide quality transportation and enhance the regional economy in a responsible manner consistent with its financial resources and the diverse needs of the people. The CCRTA covers 841 square miles of service and approximately 6 million passenger trips annually with 44 fixed routes and paratransit services. Visit our website at http://www.ccrta.org/.


Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women’s Chapter Inaugural Hispanic Heritage Essay & Award Ceremony

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: ROBSTOWN, Texas – In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the American GI Forum Robstown Beatrice T. Perez (BTP) Women’s Chapter awarded 10 Galaxy Tablets & 6 Laptops to students essay winners on the topic of the American GI Forum  Motto: “Education is Our Freedom and  Freedom Should be Everybody’s Business!”

The AGIF (BTP) Inaugural Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest Ceremony
Each selected school was asked to form it's own committee and select the student participants. The selected students were asked to write an essay about the AGIF of the US and or its Motto..

The Essay Contest is designed to create and raise awareness of the AGIF and it's mission and legacy. The event is another of the AGIF BTP Scholastic Program that awards technological equipment to deserving students to encourage and allow them an opportunity that may benefit and prepare them to gain a higher education.

This is a part of the educational program that was initiated by Dr. Xico Garcia after the passing of his Brother, Hector P. Garcia Founder of the American GI Forum.

“We will continue the work of Dr. Xico as were his wishes,” said Chapter Chairwoman Leslie Christian. “We want thank our Sponsors and the community leaders for their participation and support and congratulate the students on their achievements.”

The BTP Chapter selected two are elementary schools each with 5 participants and two high schools with ] 3 participants.  A community or corporate leader at each event presented and read the essays during each ceremony. Paticipants were: 

George Evans Elementary School 4th Graders
01.  Gabriel Maldonado
02.  Alden Plautz-Palmer
03.  Robert Williams
04.  Samarah Vasquez
05.  Geraldin Ruiz
06.  Phillippe Rodriguez

J.A. Garcia Elementary School 5th & 4th Graders
01.  Faith Uballe
02.  Katelynn Muniz
03.  Judas Moreno
04.  Ivan Lukas Saldana
05.  Noah Lope 

Robstown High School
01.  Krystal Gallegos
02.  Sabrina Lara
03.  Prometheus Espindola 

Foy H. Moody High School
01.  Harshil Patel
02.  Javier Granados
03.  Laura Sanchez.

The Following Corporate and Community Leaders read the Essays:

Patsy M. Vazquez-Contes, Past AGIF National Woman was the Emcee for all the events.

MS. Rosie Collin Director of Community Relations of The Port of Corpus Christi
Mr. Chris Vasquez, H-E-B- Store Director of the Leopard Store 
Dr. Glida E. Ramirez, President of the Westside Business Association
Leslie E. Cristan Chairwoman, BTP Robstown Women's Chapter & Wells Fargo Personal Banker
Angel Zuniga, National Commander 
Luis A. Vazquez-Contes, National Vice Commander 
Joe "JAG" Gonzalez, County Commissioner 
Lucy Rubio, City Council Woman 
Captain Jesse Garcia, Corpus Christi Police Department 
Mr. Jeremy Watts, H-E-B School of Retail Leadership Partner in Residence, Port & Tarlton Store
Laura Garza Jimenez, Nueces County Attorney
Mr.  Kenny Guajardo, Central Checkout Operations Manager of the Robstown H-E-B
Mr. Tomas Sanchez, Retail Leadership Partner in Residence, H-E-B at Port & Tarlton Store


Beatrice T. Perez Award Ceremonies

 


Thursday October 15, 2015 
Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Womens Chapter 1st Annual Hispanic Heritage Essay Ceremony

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: ROBSTOWN, Texas – In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the American GI Forum Robstown Beatrice T. Perez Women’s Chapter will be awarding 10 Galaxy Tablets & 6 Laptops to students essay winners on the topic of the American GI Forum  Motto: “Education is Our Freedom and  Freedom Should be Everybody’s Business!”

This event is a continuance of the Chapters dedication to Education for Veterans and their Families. The Chapter through its corporate and community Sponsors have donated numerous scholarship and Educational electronic devices including laptops and tables sine the program began with Dr. Xico Garcia after the passing of his Brother, our Founder.

“We will continue the work of Dr. Xico as were his wishes,” said Chapter Chairwoman Leslie Christian. “We want thank our Sponsors and the community for their participation and support and congratulate the students in advance.”

Following these traditions, two selected Elementary Schools will each have 5 recipients  and two selected High Schools will each have 3 recipients.  A community or corporate leader at each event will read the essays during the ceremony.  

  • George Evans Elementary
  • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM in the Cafeteri
  • 1315 Comanche St., 78401
  • J.A. Garcia Elementary
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM in the Cafeteria
  • 1945 Gollihar Rd., 78416
  • Robstown High School
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM in the Auditorium
  • 609 TX-44, Robstown, TX 78380
  • Foy H. Moody High School
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM in the Cafeteria
  • 1818 Trojan Dr. 78416

Due to limited space and seating, the event is by invitation only. Families of recipients are all invited.


 Annual Veteran & Technology Education & Technology Ceremony

By the American GI Forum of Texas Inc. Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women's Chapter

American GI Forum of Texas, Inc. Report: CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Beatrice T. Perez Robstown Women's Chapter annual event was a happy and successful occasion. Past National Chairwoman Patsy Vazquez Contes served as M.C. and featured Keynote Speakers Mr. John Valadez, Filmmaker & Producer and Paul Eno, General Motors. Also present as special presenters and guests were Ms. Wanda Daisy Garcia, daughter of Dr. Hector P. Garcia and American GI Forum National Commander Angel Zuniga.

The event was hosted by local Chair Leslie Cristan with assistance from Gabby Lozano of the Robstown Beatrice Perez Women’s Chapter and supported by local the local Richard Rocco Chapter, the Coastal Bend Women’s Chapter and the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Founder’s Chapter. Present and representing the state were State Chairwoman Tina Olivares, State Youth Vice Chair Alexis Cuellar, State Executive Gil Rodriguez and his wife Lupe, Legal Advisor Amador Garcia, and special guest Past National Commander and Chairwoman, Luis Vazquez Contes and Patsy Vazquez Contes. Also in attendance were LULAC Director District 11 Totsy Armadillo and LULAC Council 1 President Dr. Nick Adame. Photos of the Event may be viewed Below.

The evening could not have gone as well without the patriotic military music by the Patriots Band and the posting of the colors by Honor Guard of America Inc.

This Annual Event honored the 1st Graduating Class of Harold T. Brach Academy for Career and Technical Education by presenting them with a check for $8000.00. This school is located down the street from the once medical office of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, founder of the AGIF. The award will be beneficial to the school and its students. Thanks to the sponsors and hard work of the chapter and its members.

The chapter continued their mission of serving veterans and their families by awarding a $500.00 scholarship each to 7 of our nations veterans. Emily Pena, who will be graduating from the Irma Rangel Pharmacy College at Texas AM – Kingsville this year, received the $1000 Dr. Xico P. Garcia Memorial Scholarship. Below are the recipients and presenters.

Educational Incentives Presentation 

  • SPC. Joe Ayala United States Army
    Rosie Collin, Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
  • Veronica Anderson United States Navy –E6
    Dr. Léonard Rivera, Director of Del Mar College OFF- Campus Student Affairs Program
  • Cassandra Hicks, Army National Guard
    Honorable, Judge Nanette Hasette, of the 28th District Court
  • Omar Cavazos, United States Air Forces
    Commissioner Joe” JAG” Gonzalez
  • Joseph Jordan, United States Navy
    H-E-B Melissa Hatley CO-Chair of the Gulf Coast Diversity Council
  • Glen Frank Morgan, United States Army E-4
    Shelly Whitlock, Wells Fargo Bank, District Manager of Costal Bend Area

  • Dr. Xico P. Garcia Memorial Scholarship
    Emily Pena a 4th year student at the, Irma Rangel College of Pharmacy Texas A&M Kingsville. Presentation made by Dr. Ron Garza, Pharmacist

The chapter also recognized corporate businesses and community leaders that as partners help AGIF continue their history of helping the community. An award of Excellent in Education went to Lucy Rubio for her 14 1/12 years of Service as a CCISD Board of Trustee member.  Below are the Corporations and recipients of the Chapter’s Community Awards. 

The chapter also recognized corporate businesses and community leaders that as partners help AGIF continue their history of helping the community. An award of Excellent in Education went to Lucy Rubio for her 14 1/12 years of Service as a CCISD Board of Trustee member.  Below are the Corporations and recipients of the Chapter’s Community Awards. 

Business and Community Leaders Awards Presentation 

  • H-E-B – Accepting is Melissa Hatley H-E-B- Gulf Coast Diversity Co-Chair
    "The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Presidential Medal Of Freedom Award"
    H-E-B has demonstrated the ability to enhance our community in many capacities that offers hope, opportunities and provides a positive effect that is consistence with the legacy of the American GI Forum.  H-E-B offers the American Dream to the entire community with its outstanding community involvement. We thank them for their continued support of our organization and our mission of Serving Veterans and their Families! Congratulations!
  • CITGO --- Accepting is Larry Elizondo Sr, Manager, G&PA Refining, and Legislative Affairs
    The AGIF “Longoria Affair" Community Partnership Corporation of the Year Award.
    This acknowledgement is to CITGO for their strong commitment to our community and their unique manner of making a difference. For their dedication to the welfare of our citizens and for their assistance in keeping the AGIF legacy alive for new generations of Veterans and their families, our thanks for your support year after year, Congratulations!
  • Wells Fargo Bank – Accepting is Shelly Whitlock, District Manager of Coastal Bay Area.
    “The VIVA CLUB" Outstanding Community Veteran's Outreach Award.
    Wells Fargo Bank makes exceptional efforts to work with the American GI Forum locally and nationally and has been instrumental in supporting our mission of serving our nation’s Veterans and their Families. Wells Fargo collaboration with the AGIF will allow our future leaders to achieve their personal goals and have successful careers! Thank you for your continued support to a legacy that began on March 26, 1948!  Congratulations!
  • Port of Corpus Christi
    The "AGIF” "Education is our Freedom and Freedom Should be Everybody's Business! Award.
    Education is America's Top Priority and you have answered the call to duty, with your continued support, which offers opportunities to our nation’s veterans, and our future leaders fulfill their professional and educational goals!  Congratulations!
  • Caller – Times Award  - Steve Arnold
    “The Dr. Hector P. Garcia Founder’s Community Partner Leadership Award”
    The Caller-Times has devoted incomparable efforts to many organizations and especially ours.  Your community involvement offers the opportunity for many that seek to live the American Dream.  Thank you for your many years of working side by side to provide a history of serving Veterans and their Families for over six decades in keeping with the legacy of an American Hero, our Founder, Dr. Hector P. Garcia and the American GI Forum of United States. Congratulations!

  • Commissioner Joe A. “JAG” Gonzalez
    "The Justice for My People Public Servant Award”
    JAG works For the GOOD AND WELFARE of our community, with the ability to work 24 -7 with the citizens of the Coastal Bend and the desire to make a difference.  By establishing an educational program to honor three of the Garcia Family members, s key in our community to educate a new generation of a legacy that identifies freedom.   Dr. Hector P. Garcia would be proud of your devotion and hard work to promote education! As Dr. Hector would say Mi Gente! Congratulations.
  • Lucy Rubio New Elected City Councilwoman District 2
    Presentation of Excellent in Education Award  
    Lucy is truly one in a million. She conveys the important meaning of education by having served 14 ½ years as a CCISD Broad of Trustee. Serving our community on this board for so many years is an inspiration to many women. Hispanic Women can view your leadership as a strong message of Si Se Puede. Congratulations and good luck on your new journey as City Councilwoman District 2.

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