Nominations sought for Jackie Morales community service awards
Community activist Jackie Morales will be remembered at the Aug. 24 Latin American Festival in Glenwood Springs’ Two Rivers Park. Morales was known for her inspiration and tireless work during the 1990s to promote the health and welfare of all Latinos in the Roaring Fork Valley. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, and worked until her death on Feb. 21, 2000.
The “Jackie Morales Distinguished Awards for Community Service” will be presented to a Latino student, teacher, volunteer and business person. The awards are sponsored by Alpine Bank and La Mision, a nonprofit organization that publishes a monthly community newspaper throughout the area. The La Mision board of directors, together with a group of other community-minded citizens, will decide from public nominations who will receive the awards. Forms for the nomination of candidates who best symbolize the spirit of Morales’ work will be published in La Mision and other newspapers and distributed in locations throughout the valley. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Aug. 12.
In June 1993, Morales took over the leadership of Asistencia para Latinos, which was originally founded by Lydia Munoz. In August of 1994, with friends and associates, she inaugurated the Latino American Festival in Carbondale. Its purpose: to provide the fast-growing Hispanic population with information and education about health and welfare services, and to give Latino and Anglos an opportunity to get acquainted and learn of each other’s culture. KGLN Radio, located at 980 AM, will sponsor the festival for the first time this year.
Morales’ motto, which she wanted every Latino to believe, was “Si, se puede!” (“Yes, you can!”)
A native of Peru, she came to the United States in 1980, earned a master’s degree at a Florida university and came to Aspen in 1989. An active public speaker, she opened her own business, Latin American Services, and was a member of Glenwood’s Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Of her dedicated work with the Colorado and National Breast Cancer coalitions, the Glenwood Post noted: “Jackie Morales will forever be remembered as a hero of the breast cancer awareness movement in the local Latino community.”
For more information, call 618-8316.
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