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City of Lancaster Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 20, 2019 | Mayor's Office Office of Neighborhood Engagement
By: Amber Strazzo

The City of Lancaster will observe Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, through several initiatives in celebration of the contributions the Hispanic community has made to Lancaster city.

“Our Hispanic neighbors are a significant part of the fabric of our diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. They contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of Lancaster,” said Mayor Danene Sorace.

The City of Lancaster has compiled a list of Hispanic Heritage Month events on their website. The public can access the listings and submit their own events at www.cityoflancasterpa.com/hispanic-heritage-month.

After a successful Hispanic Business Owners Breakfast in 2018, the City has partnered with the Lancaster Chamber, Lancaster City Alliance, and Lancaster Entrepreneurship Coalition to expand the event. Cultivar Lancaster Hispanic Business Owners Breakfast will take place on Monday, Oct. 7 at the Lancaster Chamber building, 115 E. King St. Attendance is free and Chamber investment is not required, but attendees must register at www.cultivatelancaster.com/cultivar by Monday, Sept. 30.

Residents of Hispanic or Latinx heritage are encouraged to share their family’s story with the Lancaster Hispanic Legacy project. Stories, photos and videos will be compiled and presented during Hispanic Heritage Month in 2020. Stories can be submitted to www.lancasterhispaniclegacy.com.

A committee of residents and community leaders was convened to plan these initiatives. Committee members include:

Enelly Betancourt
La Voz Hispana

Milzy Carrasco
City of Lancaster

Adrian Garcia
Lancaster Housing Opportunity Partnership

Eliel Garcia
Brent L. Miller Jewelers

Zarita Herasme
Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home

Amber Strazzo
City of Lancaster

Jaime Zabala
Latin American Alliance

City Council adopted a resolution recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month at their meeting on Sept. 10. Nearly 40% of Lancaster’s population is Hispanic or Latinx.