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Event | 2012 Legacy of Exemplary Service

Event | 2012 Legacy of Exemplary Service

On September 28, 2012, Libreria Del Pueblo will be recognizing individuals that have made exemplary contributions to the greater San Bernardino Community. Our honorees are the foundation and pillars of our community that have contributed in the field of education, civil rights, justice for human rights, preserving the arts, journalism, youth leadership development and political awareness.

Libreria Del Pueblo, a non-profit community based organization that keeps the American Dream alive to the many immigrants by assisting them to transition into American society is holding a recognition dinner honoring individuals that have made exemplary contributions to the greater San Bernardino Community. Honorees include;

  • Dr. Al Karnig, recently retired president of California State University at San Bernardino.
  • Civil Rights Activist Frances Grice.
  • Gloria Macias Harrison, recently retired president of Crafton Hills Community College and founder of the El Chicano Community Weekly Newspaper.
  • Rabbi Hillel Cohn – Rabbi Emeritus – Congregation Emanu El – San Bernardino/Redlands.
  • Dr. Ernie Garcia, Dean Emeritus and past president of National Orange Show.
  • Graciano Gomez, former Publisher of the Inland Empire Hispanic News.
  • Dr. Tom Rivera, former Associate Dean California State University at San Bernardino and Founder of the Inland Empire Future Leaders Program.
  • Former City of San Bernardino Mayor Judith Valles.
  • Father Patrick Guillen co-founder of Libreria Del Pueblo will also be recognized. After serving for nearly 30 years and under doctor’s advice, Father Guillen is stepping down as its Executive Director.

Libreria Del Pueblo for nearly 30 years has been serving the community by providing health, educational, citizenship classes and social services with a focus on the immigrant community. During the past four years Libreria Del Pueblo has struggled under tough economic conditions. They continue to survive but have had to reduce their services. Proceeds of this event will help the organization to continue to provide services to many young students who have an opportunity to continue their education as a result of “deferred action”, which allows children that were brought into the United States without documentation, to apply for visas that will allow them to complete their education.

This event will take place on September 28 at the National Orange Show starting at 6:00 PM. The price of a ticket is $65.00 each. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities please call 909-496-0626 or email us at

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