Two local women honored by AdelanteWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Two locals were recently recognized by Adelante, a Toledo-based Latino community resource center.
Margarita DeLeon and Linda Ewing were honored at the 2013 Cesar Chavez Humanitarian Awards Gala on Oct. 3 at Forrester’s on the River. The banquet celebrated the “accomplishments and unselfish commitment of servant leaders to service, education and economic opportunities for Latinos,” according to a news release.
Every year, Adelante honors two members of the community, one Latino and one not.
Lifelong Toledo resident DeLeon received the Humanitarian Award for “dedicating her life to working on behalf of the less fortunate.” Her 30-year career includes 17 in the health care industry and she has experience in areas of Hispanic marketing, fundraising, advertising and nonprofit development. According to a release, her “public service has moved Ohio’s Latino community in a positive direction.”
Ewing received the 2013 Amigo Award. Ewing, owner of a Jan-Pro Cleaning franchise and retired Fifth Third vice president, has been actively involved with Adelante as a supporter and former board member and chairperson. According to the release, Ewing continues to advance Adelante’s mission in retirement. She also spent her career offering local financial literacy education programs.
Adelante collaborates with business and community organizers to improve the quality of life for Latinos and Toledo residents. It provides early childhood, secondary and adult educational programs, facilitates access to prevention, health and social services, provides youth development services and programs and creates awareness of the richness of the Latino culture, according to the release.
Interim Executive Director Wendy Ziems-Mueller said the organization helps 200 families a year.
For more information, visit www.adelantetoledo.org.