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Pharr Shines Bright in 2020 State-of-the-City Address
Pharr Shines Bright in 2020 State-of-the-City Address
Pharr Shines Bright in 2020 State-of-the-City Address
Pharr Shines Bright in 2020 State-of-the-City Address
Pharr Shines Bright in 2020 State-of-the-City Address
Pharr Shines Bright in 2020 State-of-the-City Address

PHARR – The Pharr Events Center was packed with hundreds of local leaders, business partners, and community organizations as Pharr Mayor, Dr. Ambrosio Hernandez, hosted the fourth annual State of the City Address on January 16, 2020. This year's theme highlighted the city's many accomplishments, growth, and progress of the previous year with Mayor Hernandez announcing that the state of the City of Pharr's future is "brighter than ever!" Special guest Valente Rodriguez, a Rio Grande Valley native and renowned actor, producer, and writer who is known for his work on some of Hollywood’s biggest films and television shows including Mc-Farland, George Lopez, The Mentalist, and many other incredible works served as the event's Master of Ceremonies. Following a tradition that began in the inaugural State of the City, Hernandez presented the “Polo Palacios Service Award” to a an individual who embodies the legacy of service set forth by the award’s namesake by carrying the torch of service and pride for the Pharr community. This year’s recipient is Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor, Julian Alvarez. According to Hernandez, Commissioner Alvarez was selected for his commitment to improving the quality of life for Pharr residents and families through workforce trainings, grants, and partnerships. With excess proceeds from the sponsor-funded event, Pharr city officials also presented three local nonprofit organizations each with a $5,000 donation. Organizations recognized included Su Casa De Esperanza, The PSJA Education Foundation, and The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley. The City of Pharr and Mayor Hernandez thank everyone for helping make Pharr’s State of the City Address a success. Pharr's future is bright, and will only get better! Excerpts from Mayor Hernandez’s speech can be found below: Good afternoon, Buenas tardes! Welcome to the 2020 City of Pharr --- State of the City Address! First and foremost, thank you to God for another blessed year. Many thanks to my beautiful and devoted wife, Cristina, our son Joseph, for being my rock and source of strength, and for so graciously allowing me to share my life in public service to our community. Thank you also to our extended network of family and friends for your constant support. To my colleagues on the Pharr City Commission and our city employees - Thank you for your support. Without you, none of the great things we are doing in Pharr would be possible. Gracias, Valente, for leaving the bright lights of Hollywood to return to your South Texas home community and ...

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