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Celebrating the life of César Chávez





Celebrating the Life of César Chávez Event at Los Medanos College


March 18, 2015

Media Contact: Program Contact: Jennifer Adams, 925-473-7302



PITTSBURG: Los Medanos College (LMC) hosted the annual “Celebrating the Life of César Chávez” awards program on Friday, March 27th, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the LMC Recital Hall. The college is located at 2700 East Leland Road in Pittsburg. The celebration was free and the public was encouraged to attend.


Los Medanos College hosted this annual event to honor the life of labor leader and human rights activist, César Chávez. The celebration also recognizes members of the East Contra Costa County community who embody his great tradition of voluntary service, civic activism, and non-violent social change. 


The event included the presentation of three recognition awards. The LMC César Chávez Award for Exemplary Community Service, established in 1995, and was presented to local citizens who best represent the following core values modeled by César Chávez: Service to Others, Sacrifice, Help the Most Needy, Determination, Non-Violence, Acceptance of All People, Respect for Life and the Environment, Celebrating Community, Knowledge, and Innovation. The East County Educator Award recognizes a member of the educational community who demonstrates a commitment to student success and equity, particularly for students of color and those from low-income families. The Chávez Spirit Award is given to an emerging leader who has made a significant impact on the local community in the areas of advocacy and social justice.


This year’s recipient of the Chávez Award went to Tony Jimenez. A resident of Pittsburg, Mr. Jimenez has a deep commitment to leadership development, youth empowerment, and civic engagement.


The East County Educator Award was presented to Kelly Basmagian, principal of Excelsior Middle School in Byron, and Sylvia Ramirez, principal of Kimball Elementary School in Antioch.


The Spirit Award recognized an up-and-coming community leader and advocate, Gabriela Baños-Galván of Oakley.


For questions, contact Jennifer Adams, jadams@losmedanos.edu or (925) 473-7302.