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November 18, 2009 > Anniversary Committee honored

Anniversary Committee honored

By Shavon Walker
Photos By Mike Heightchew

The Union City 50th Anniversary (UC50) organizing committee's board of directors, event committee chairs and key event coordinators were honored for their tremendous contributions to the year-long series of celebratory events, their community spirit and civic pride. Hundreds of community volunteers, without whom the anniversary celebrations would not have been possible, were also honored for the vital roles they have played. Mayor Mark Green presented the proclamations to those present at the November 10, 2009 council meeting.

Planning for the anniversary commenced with the creation of the committee in 2006. Nine major and five smaller events mobilized more than 500 community volunteers.

Celebrations began with the 2008 New Year's Eve Gala and continued throughout 2009, including events such as the Concert and Fireworks Extravaganza, Martial Arts Demonstrations, and many others. The anniversary will come to a spectacular close with the 2009 New Year's Gala.

Committee chairs include Helen Kennedy (Marketing); Helen Cabiles (New Year's Eve Gala Events); Tony Acosta (Re-enactment); Meiling Zhou (Lunar New Year); Tim Gutierrez (Parade & Car Show); Myrla Raymundo (Faith-Based Festival); Jill Stavosky (50th Anniversary Concert & Fireworks Spectacular); Larry Orozco (Sports Showcase); Tim Swenson (Historical Tours & Lectures); Dianne Gates-Anderson (Gathering in the Park) and Carol Dutra-Vernaci (Fundraising).

For more information, visit Tickets for the final event of the 50th anniversary year, the New Year's Eve Gala at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Union City, are available online at $50 each. To volunteer for this committee or purchase tickets, contact Chair Helen Cabiles at (510) 409-8206.

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