MACSA Fundraiser Honors Local Heroes in Education

Community leader, activist and teacher, Sharon Albert, was given

Gilroy residents recognized for contributions to city
Gilroy – The Mexican American Community Services Agency honored four Gilroy residents at their third annual fundraiser “Celebrating Culture Through Education” Wednesday at the Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center.

MACSA chose Bob Kraemer, Lupe Sanchez, Carmen Sanchez and Sharon Albert for their contributions to the community throughout the years.

Kraemer serves on the Gilroy Foundation board and is a member of the Rotary Club of Gilroy. He is the chairman of the board and president of Bonfante Gardens and he was named Man of the Year by the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce in 2004. He also participates on the Gilroy Drug and Alcohol Prevention Committee and the Santa Clara County Manufacturing Group.

Lupe Sanchez is active at St. Mary Parish in Gilroy and with the American Red Cross. She serves on the church’s parish council and on the Archdiocese council. She gives her time providing leadership training and teaching Catechism. She also offers transportation to cancer parents being treated by the Red Cross.

Carmen Sanchez worked for three years as a missionary through the Latin American Mission Program. She currently serves as the supervisor for immigration services for Catholic Social Services in Gilroy, where she first started as a receptionist.

Albert is a former city council member and a long-time teacher in Gilroy. She is a member of the Latina Coalition and chair of the Gilroy Historical Heritage Committee.

The evening included a dinner and awards ceremony, as well as an honorary awards presentation to Assemblymember Simón Salinas. Salinas has represented the 18th Assembly District since 2000 and has authored legislation that focuses on community issues including education, agriculture, housing, health care and transportation.

Proceeds from the dinner and award presentation go to MACSA programs in South County including the youth center and El Portal Charter High School.

It was not immediately known how much was raised. Citibank and Pacific Gas and Electric co-sponsored the event.

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