The Alicia Amador Family Fest 2012
Mujeres Latinas en Acción celebrated the Alicia Amador Family Fest on Friday, August 3rd. Resource tables, food, games, and entertainment lined the 21st Place block and more than 400 people, including families, Mujeres’ clients, and supporters from the Pilsen community attended the festival.
The many attractions included the White Sox mascot Southpaw, a petting zoo donated by Alderman Solis, prizes donated by Target, and face painting from the Proyecto Juventud group. Participants from the Peace Program and Proyecto Juventud entertained the crowd with songs and folkloric dances.
As Family Fest marks the Back to School season, Mujeres distributed sixty book bags and school supplies to participants in Proyecto Juventud and the Peace Program for the new school year.
This year, Mujeres honored Alicia Amador, a Youth Services Coordinator who worked for the organization for 31 years until her death in 2010. Alicia was loved for her special ability to reach out to shy children and make people laugh, while being a supportive mentor. Participants in the Peace Program and Proyecto Juventud paid a tribute to Alicia by releasing 31 balloons with messages and thoughts about Alicia and reflections on the program.