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Davis urges cooperation at Hispanic Center dinner

By Laura Collins
Published in News on September 27, 2009 2:00 AM

The Hispanic Community Development Center's fifth annual Appreciation Banquet

State Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, was the guest speaker and encouraged those in attendance to work towards a common goal.

"It's important for the community to continue to come together on all fronts and to continue to look at ways to reach across the community and pull our resources together for a strong Wayne County," he said.

Davis also commended the Hispanic Community Development Center for its role in the community and the services it offers.

"Obviously these have been very tough times. For a lot of residents, economically tough decisions have had to be made that impacted many residents across the board. But in the midst of all of this, there are still wonderful opportunities that are before us," he said. "If you look at the activities the center has been involved in these are real opportunities to help make our community stronger."

He also encouraged the group to keep an open mind about current issues including health care and immigration reform.

"I think if you really dig into these issues, a lot of times we may agree on the end result. We must not allow the details, and the disagreement on the details, to keep us from where we need to go," he said.

To close out the evening, plaques and certificates were presented to businesses and individuals.

The following received plaques at the Annual Appreciation Banquet 2009:

*Case Farms

*Sam's Club

*Chevrolet Cadillac of Goldsboro

*The Diener Law Office

*Mount Olive Family Dentistry, Amy M. Kimes

*Sunrise Kiwanis Foundation

*Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, 4th Fighter Wing

*Sentator Don Davis

*Advance Auto Parts

*Unifirst Corporation

*Guillermo Ortiz-Caceres

The following received certificates of appreciation:

*Wayne County Health Department

*Evergreen Memorial


*Self-Help Credit Union

The following were winners in the Arts Without Borders Competition:

*Kindergarten and First Grade: First Place-Kendall Mayo, first grade

*Second and Third Grade: First Place-Yahdira Velez, second grade; Second Place-Emily Kornegay, third grade; Third Place-Enrique Torres, third grade

*Fourth and Fifth Grade: First Place-Neyei Polindress, fifth grade; Second Place-Rachel Elam, fourth grade; Third Place-Kyleigha Bryant, fifth grade

*Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Grade: First Place-Shannon Castro, eighth grade; Second Place-Fernanda Esquivel, sixth grade; Third Place-Megan Bolt, seventh grade

*High School: First Place-Emily Martin, ninth grade